by Ian S. Palmer
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Manchester United is back in action this Saturday, December 5 when they host London’s West Ham United at Old Trafford in the English Premier League. Man United enters the weekend in third place with 28 points from eight wins, four draws and a pair of losses. They’ve scored 20 goals and allowed a league-low 10 against. They’ve won four and drawn two at Old Trafford with nine goals for and just one against. West Ham currently occupies eighth spot with six victories, four draws and four defeats for 22 points. They’ve scored 25 times and conceded 21. West Ham is strong on the road with four wins, a draw and two losses with 13 goals scored and 10 allowed.
Manchester United vs West Ham United – bet365 Soccer BETTING LINE:
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Manchester United vs West Ham United – Head to Head
- West Ham’s last victory at Old Trafford came on the final day of the 2006/07 campaign. United has triumphed in all seven encounters since then. These two teams usually produce at least one goal per game since the last 0-0 draw they played came at Upton Park back in August of 1998. These two clubs have met 130 times in the past with Man United winning 61, losing 42 and drawing the other 27. West Ham has won just once in their last 16 meetings overall and that was a 4-0 League Cup win at home in 2010. West Ham won three straight games between December 2006 and December 2007.
Man United had the chance to take the league lead last weekend, but had t settle for a 1-1 draw on the road with co-leaders Leicester City. They’re unbeaten at home though with just one goal conceded and trail league-leading Leicester and Manchester City by one point. Overall, Man United has a six-game unbeaten streak on the line in league play. They’re up against a tough West Ham side which has already beaten Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal this season. The club has struggled recently though by going through November without a victory. West Ham’s last league win was back on October 24 when they downed Chelsea 2-1 at home. Their last league contest ended in a 1-1 draw at home last weekend against West Bromwich Albion.
It looks like Man United has some injuries to deal with as defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are doubtful for the match along with forward Jesse Lingard and midfielder Ander Herrera. Striker Wayne Rooney left the match against Leicester in the second half, but is expected to dress on Saturday. Defenders Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw will miss the game for sure with long-term injuries. West Ham is expected to be without the services of their leading scorer Dimitri Payet as he’s sidelined until February due to an ankle injury. In addition, striker Diafra Sakho and forward Enner Valencia will also be missing.