West Ham vs Manchester United Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
22 December 2023, 13:30

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The holidays are right around the corner in England but it’s not quite Boxing Day yet, we have one more Premier League matchday before that. One match in particular that will excite the viewers is the clash between West Ham and Manchester United. The kick-off in London is scheduled for 12:30 pm local time on Saturday, December 23.

As we will discuss further in our West Ham vs Manchester United prediction, the two teams are in close proximity to each other in the standings, which propels the importance of the match. However, neither side has been in too good of a form recently.

West Ham Preview

West Ham are currently placed ninth in the Premier League with 27 points after 17 games, having scored 29 goals and conceded 30. The Irons’ recent form in the Premier League includes three wins, two draws and one loss. The said loss is worth a separate mention, as it was a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham.

Another key factor in our West Ham vs Manchester United tips is the fact that the hosts had a midweek game against Liverpool in the EFL Cup. Since some starting players were involved in the game, David Moyes will have his team in suboptimal conditions.

Besides, the Hammers will miss Michail Antonio through injury.

Manchester United Preview

Coached by Erik ten Hag, Manchester United sit seventh in the Premier League with 28 points and a goal balance of 18 for and 21 against. Unlike West Ham, the Red Devils got a full week’s rest.

In terms of recent league form, Man United recorded two wins, one draw and two losses in the last five games. This also includes a goalless draw with Liverpool at Anfield last weekend.

The visitors’ list of absentees is much longer, including the injured Tyrell Malacia, Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount and Amad Diallo, as well as Diogo Dalot (red card) and Jadon Sancho (suspended by club).

With the two teams struggling with consistency since the start of 2023/24, it is no surprise that the West Ham vs Manchester United odds are well balanced.

Betting Tips West Ham vs Manchester United

Both teams to score? Yes

The first thing to mention in our West Ham vs Manchester United prediction is goals. Not necessarily because of the attacking potential of the two teams but rather because of their defensive fragility.

Starting with the hosts, they kept just one clean sheet in the last five league games, conceding a total of eight goals. And to really put things into perspective, the Irons’ 3-0 win over Wolves was their second clean sheet in the 2023/24 Premier League.

As for Manchester United, they have two clean sheets in the last five league encounters, having conceded a total of five goals in the meantime. We should also note that the Red Devils and West Ham are the only two teams in the top half of the table with a negative goal balance.

Considering the backline issues on both sides, we expect a goal in each net on Saturday. Bet365 offer 1.57 odds on both teams scoring.

Over 2.5 goals

Continuing with the same line of thinking, we believe that the match in London will bring the fans more than two goals. The odds on over 2.5 goals stand at 1.70 on Bet365.

We’ve mentioned West Ham’s 5-0 loss to Fulham but it is important to remember that in the recent EFL Cup match, the Hammers were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. Although it wasn’t a league game and some of the starters were missing, it also suggests that Moyes has a lot to work on in terms of defensive security.

Man United have enough attacking power to take advantage of this weakness through the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford. On the other hand, the Red Devils are not the most defensively-secure team either, so West Ham could easily end up scoring more than once.

Over 3.5 cards

Besides goals, the clash at the London Stadium also promises a high number of fouls. Since a win will mean so much for both teams and since both managers have a lot to prove in the 2023/24 campaign following their successes from last term, we expect an intense match on Saturday. And a high number of fouls often correlates with a high number of yellow cards.

Now, to back up our expectations with numbers, we shall point to West Ham’s 12 total bookings in the recent five Premier League matches. For the visitors, this record is even higher, with 15 total cards in the meantime.

West Ham do not shy away from keeping possession against smaller teams, but they usually adopt a more defensive approach against rivals higher in class. Man United should be expected to control the ball instead, which will give them an incentive to disrupt the potential counters by any means necessary, including fouls. Bet365’s odds on over 3.5 cards are at 1.53.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our West Ham vs Manchester United tips are mere suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.