Manchester United vs West Brom
English Premier League
Date: 15th April 2018, Sunday.
Kick-off at 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Spirits are high at Manchester United following the comeback win against arch rivals City last weekend. They will eyeing the complete sweep of relegation bound West Brom on Sunday evening.
The Manchester Derby on 7th April 2018 will remain in the memory of United fans for a long time from now. They bounced back from 2 goals at half-time to a memorable 3-2 win against their biggest rivals in the country.
Jose Mourinho might have silenced a few critics by this, reminding he can set up an attacking side when required. Besides, the 71 points from 32 games so far is the highest number of points earned by Manchester United in a season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager.
There are other mini victories from that performance as Pogba scored twice and Alexis Sanchez supplied the assists for two, including Smalling’s winner. Certainly a morale boost for these two players as they were under deep criticism in the past few weeks.
When there are plenty of positives at Old Trafford, the visiting side has none of that sort. Sitting at the rock bottom with 10 points below safety, West Brom are tipped as one of the teams to go down to the Championship this season.
West Brom did manage to end their 8 match losing streak week with a 1-1 draw against Swansea. The match also marked the return of club favorite Darren Moore, this time as a caretaker manager.
He is left with a herculean task at the tail end of the season as the Baggies must win all their remaining matches. This is an almost impossible task as 3 of their 5 matches are against Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Head-to-head
- Manchester United had difficulties coming against West Brom in recent seasons, but the Baggies were in a better position during those times.
- United are just ahead in mutual matches in the last 9 as they won 4 to 3 lost alongside 2 draws.
- West Brom had won twice at Old Trafford during that time, in back-to-back seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15.
- The reverse of the corresponding fixture was a 2-1 win for the Red Devils.
- Manchester United have not won back-to-back games against West Brom is a single league season.
Manchester United vs West Brom: Prediction
A United win is unavoidable here and since Mourinho’s team had won 81% of their Premier League matches at the Old Trafford. And their visitors West Brom are a side that lost 69% of their matches away from home.
That’s not all, a win on a comfortable margin is on the cards for the Red Devils as they average 2.5 goals per game at home and the Baggies haven’t scored in half of their road games this season.
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Manchester United vs West Brom: Team News & Predicted Line-ups
The back-up goal-keeper Sergio Romero is the only player unavailable for the Red Devils.
The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are fit enough to challenge for a place in the starting eleven.
Manchester United Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
De Gea – Young, Smalling, Bailly, Valencia – Pogba, Matic – Lingard, Sanchez, Rashford – Lukaku.
West Bromwich Albion
Former United defender Jonny Evans is a major doubt for the trip to Old Trafford.
While there are good news for Darren Moore as Nacer Chadli, Daniel Sturridge and Sam Field are fit enough and available for selection on Sunday.
Yet, Moore is unlikely to make changes to the eleven that earned him a point from last week’s home fixture against Swansea.
West Brom Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Foster – Gibbs, Hegazi, Dawson, Nyom – McClean, Brunt, Livermore, Phillips – Rondon, Rodriguez.