West Ham VS Manchester United Prediction
That is West Ham’s last ever game at “Upton Park” before their move to the “Olympic Stadium” from season 2016-2017 and their postponed round 35 fixture against Manchester United is actually their last home game for season 2015-2016. Thus West Ham will take their farewell with “Boleyn Ground” (Upton Park) which is their venue since 1904 and we’re pretty sure that this awakes lot of memories to all “Hammers”, but however, the next step of their development has to be made and they can be assured that Olympic Stadium in London will be crowded enough, as over 50, 000 season tickets are already sold out, which means that West Ham will surely fill the 60, 000 capacity of their new stage. Of course, that enthusiasm among the fans comes not only because of the move, but from their good efforts in this season as Slaven Bilić’s men are currently on seventh position with 59 points won, and if “The Irons” have shown more consistency and better concentration in some periods of the season, they could even pretend for a Champions League position. Most recent example of their inconsistency, mostly against clubs from second half of the EPL standings, is their last weekend result when in Saturday afternoon West Ham was shocked at home as they lost to Swansea – 1:4. This defeat has completely ended all hopes of West Ham for a possible top four position, but this doesn’t mean that Slaven Bilic won’t demand more from the upcoming fixture, as his players must show something more if they want to leave the home they used for more than a century with proudly heads up.
Manchester United comes after another narrow defeat which came in the first match of round 36 when they won at Norwich and thus “The Red Devils” have pretty much slipped “The Canaries” and their Premier League hopes. However, this was mandatory for Louis van Gaal’s men who are all hoping that their city rivals will fail to win against Arsenal, like it happened in Sunday. Now Manchester United can take over the fourth position from “The Sky Blues” as “The Reds” from Manchester hold their Champions League aspirations completely in their minds. Two wins in the remaining two rounds will secure them position in the Champions League qualifiers and if they manage to lift the FA Cup trophy as well, well, it’s very reasonable to think that van Gaal will save his position for at least one season more. Indeed, Manchester United have an upcoming FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, but their “Wembley” commitment must await 10 days more, as “United” must scoop the fourth position in a first place. West Ham looks like the difficult challenge in their remaining two EPL rounds as in the upcoming weekend round Man Utd hosts to AFC Bournemouth in Sunday afternoon and it’s pretty expected they’ll manage to win, but however, their main focus must fall on the upcoming visit in East London. Exactly where they had a decisive FA Cup quarter-final only one month ago, as a result of which Manchester United have qualified to the semi-finals after winning with 2:1. Young talent Marcus Rashford and experienced Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini were the goal scorers in that game, but the latter will miss the upcoming EPL clash due to suspension.
Other selection worries of the Dutchman are related with names of Matteo Darmian, who was subbed off after only 16 minutes of football against Norwich, as well as with the long-term absentees Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger. There are some doubts around Anthony Martial as well and French attacker missed the weekend round, as he previously scored in two important games – the 2:1 win against Everton in the FA Cup semi-finals, followed by the draw against Leicester City at “Old Trafford”. If he fails to cover the late fitness test, Memphis Depay and Jesse Lingard can compete for position on the left wing, while expectations are that Marcus Rashford will return in the squad and Rooney can be turned back in midfield again.
West Ham will play their last match at the “Boleyn Ground” without injured Spaniard Adrián which means that Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph will start once again. It’s likely to expect some other rotations by Slaven Bilic after the poor result against Swansea. We won’t be surprised if he switch the formation once again as Michail Antonio isn’t the most convincing right-back, but that’s normal for an attacking minded player. We saw some games in which “Hammers” played in 3-4-2-1 formation and this looks very likely, especially after the awful performance against “The Swans”. Centre-backs like James Collins, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Tomkins can all compete for positions in heart of West Ham’s defense, as they must show their other face this time.
English Premier League: West Ham vs Man United – 10.05.2016 – Possible lineups, missing players, formations, referee and betting tip
Our expectations are that Manchester United will have really difficult evening in East London in their fourth meeting during season 2015-2016. Indeed, West Ham is still without a win against “The Red Devils” not only this season, but since their League Cup success in November 2010 – when they won with 4:0. However, West Ham fails to squeeze all the points when playing against Manchester United in the Premier League as their last league triumph dates back in December 2007 – 2:1 victory, when “The Hammers” won in three consecutive matches against Man Utd. Very bad record in the last years and Slaven Bilic’s men must play against the odds.
Manchester United are the favorites but our thoughts are that West Ham is really tricky team and we don’t expect the same outcome as in their FA Cup game. Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on West Ham – they have one good reason to put their best effort tonight, without any specific pressure, while “Red Devils” must meet the pretentious requirements of their supporters. Finishing the season out of top 4 and respectively staying out of the Champions League will be serious hit to club’s summer ambitions, so that’s why we find bigger pressure in “The Red Devils”.
Venue: “Boleyn Ground”, London.
Referee: Michael Dean.
Possible starting lineups:
West Ham United: Randolph – Ogbonna, Collins, Reid – Cresswell, Noble, Kouyaté, Antonio – Payet, Lanzini – Carroll. (3-4-2-1)
Missing players – Adrián is injured.
Manchester United: De Gea – Borthwick-Jackson, Rojo, Smalling, Valencia – Schneiderlin – Martial, Rooney, Herrera, Mata – Rashford. (4-1-4-1)
Missing players – Marouane Fellaini is suspended, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Will Keane are all injured.
Doubtful – Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial.