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West Ham host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, looking to continue their good form at home and score four wins on the rebound.
The Hammers beat Aston Villa in a tight match on Monday night, while Manchester United performed reasonably well, but were ultimately defeated by French champion Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night in the Champions League in Old Trafford.
The Reds have been much better away from home so far this season, but this will be a very difficult game on a field where they haven’t won in their last three visits.
When does it start? Saturday December 5
What time does it start? 17:30 (GMT)
Where do you play? London stadium
TV channel / Live broadcast? Sky Sports (UK), NBC Sports (US)
Referee? Andre Marriner
Manager David Moyes welcomed forward Michail Antonio for the clash against Aston Villa on Monday night. However, he seemed very off-beat before being replaced at halftime and could start on the bench in this one.
Winger Andriy Yarmolenko is still ruled out after a positive test for Covid-19, while summer signing Said Benrahma has yet to enter the starting lineup, although he did establish the winner in his last appearance.
For Manchester United, the rotation is expected with their current tight schedule. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer welcomed Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial for the midweek visit to PSG, but Luke Shaw is still ruled out with a hamstring injury. Marcus Rashford is ready to play after a flare-up of his shoulder injury, but he’s likely not taking any chances.
West Ham United: Fabianski; Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Fornals, Haller, Bowen
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Van de Beek; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; Cavani
The Hammers have won their last three games on the rebound after an incredibly tough streak of games to start the season. They fought 3-0 against to draw with Tottenham before holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw as well, and were unlucky enough to be defeated by Liverpool before this race.
Manchester United had won four games in a row before the midweek loss and have currently won eight straight away games in the Premier League, which is a club record. Bruno Fernandes has scored in the last five of those away victories and a goal in this game would see him break a club record during the Premier League era.
West Ham United
West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa (11/30)
Sheffield United 0-1 West Ham (11/22)
West Ham 1-0 Fulham (11/7)
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham (10/31)
West Ham 1-1 Manchester City (24/10)
Man Utd 1-3 PSG (2/12)
Southampton 2-3 Man Utd (11/29)
Man Utd 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir (11/24)
Man Utd 1-0 West Brom (11/21)
Everton 1-3 Man Utd (11/7)
This should be an entertaining soccer game in front of 2,000 fans after London moved to Level 2 in the latest review.
The extra fans could really help West Ham as they are probably sitting deep and looking to counter Manchester United, who have often struggled against low-block defenses.
Solskjaer’s team will need to score early to prevent West Ham from growing in confidence, although Cavani’s predatory instincts inside the penalty area will bring a different threat than Manchester United usually offers.
It will be a hotly contested affair, but Manchester United should be able to extend their record for consecutive away wins.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Manchester United