Manchester United should win tonight but they won’t keep a clean sheet
Louis van Gaal has a pretty strong starting XI now that players have recovered from injury, with Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones set to forge a decent partnership in central defence.
However, it will take time for Manchester United to run a tight ship in defence, with attack still the best form of defence for a side who might yet challenge for the Premier League title considering Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind were late arrivals at Old Trafford before the transfer deadline expired.
The visitors will have plenty of backers at 8/11 to win tonight’s game and bet365’s price might not last until kick-off, with Van Gaal confident that his team can start to produce improved performances which should see United land plenty of maximum hauls.
Falcao broke his Premier League duck against Everton a fortnight ago and can be backed at 9/2 with Ladbrokes to score the first goal of the game, although there is more value when it comes to the correct score markets.
United are not a side that are going to win many games 1-0 this season and we should instead look to the other end of the market and consider that the visitors can score three or four goals while also letting in a goal or two at the other end.
A 4-2 win catches the eye at 50/1, with covering bets on the 4-1 and 3-2 victories for a United side who should create a multitude of chances against a Baggies side who come into this match off the back of some decent performances.
West Brom have won two of their last three games and their 2-1 reverse at Anfield was a close call, with Allan Irvine doing pretty well with the Midlands club considering many people expected a car crash with the Scot in charge this season.
BetVictor offer 17/4 about a home win and bet365 go 5/2 about the Baggies on the Draw No Bet market for those who think that United could see a repeat of their 5-3 defeat at Leicester.
However, Van Gaal has a quality squad of players who ultimately have to blossom at the club, with Di Maria taking little time to get going with his new club.