Sunday, 8 February 2015

Match Preview: West Ham v Manchester United

Manchester United will be looking to leapfrog Southampton and gain 3rd spot, subject to a win at the Boleyn Ground.  However, West Ham are no pushovers, with the 6th best home record this season (58% win rate).  They like scoring goals at home (1.58 average this season), where as United don't always shy away from scoring goals on the road (1.27 average this season).

If the recent head-to-head scores are anything to go by, United should avoid a defeat against the Hammers.  Having said that, Carrick's expected absence could prove to be critical in making the Reds more vulnerable at the back.  West Ham would want to carry on their charge for a Europa League spot and fixtures like this could prove to be an acid test in showing what they are made of.

Downing has been a star for the Hammers this season.  But it must be noted that he has scored most of his fantasy points away from home. That isn't to say he automatically blanks in front of his own fans.  Rather, West Ham's defenders seem to score more fantasy points at home, despite keeping only 5 clean sheets.

On the other hand, Manchester United have kept 7 clean sheets (including 3 away). In spite of their defensive problems, they are conceding less than a goal a game on average which is quite remarkable.  Their 6 away draws indicates that they are hard to beat and also alludes to their inability to finish off matches whenever they are the visitors.

Based on all of the above evidence, this will be a close match.  I think Manchester United will concede, but won't lose.  West Ham must not simply sit back, or else they will face constant pressure from United's formidable attack.  West Ham could hope for a 1-1 draw, but it could end up as a 2-1 win for the Reds.  With this in mind, I would recommend the following FAN FEUD PICKS:
Robin Van Persie
Angel di Maria
Radamel Falcao
Wayne Rooney
Stewart Downing

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