1:00 AM (AEST) Monday, April 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester
Round 34 of the Premier League gets winds down on Monday morning (AEST) when Manchester United plays hosts to West Brom.
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Blind, Bailly, Valencia; Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Mata, Matic, Rashford; Lukaku.
West Brom: Foster; Gibbs, Evans, Hegazi, Dawson; Livermore, Krychowiak, Barry; Rodriguez, Rondon, Phillips.
There have been 123 League games between these two outfits with Man U winning 54 games to West Brom’s 40 victories while a further 29 games have been drawn. Their last clash was earlier this season which saw Man U win 2-1.
Manchester United have opened their 2017/18 campaign with a stunning defensive effort which had seen them concede just 2 goals after their opening 6 games. They opened the season with a powerful 4-0 victory over West Ham. They repeated the scoreline the following week against Swansea and then in Round 3 they beat Leicester 2-0. They then hung on for a 2 all draw with Stoke before belting Everton 4-0 and then overcoming Southampton 1-0. They then belted Crystal Palace 4-0 before being kept to a scoreless draw by Liverpool. Last week, Man U were surprised by Huddersfield, going down 2-1 to the Terriers. The Red Devils bounced back with a 1-0 win over Spurs but lost to Chelsea 1-0. The Red Devils then beat Newcastle 4-1, Brighton 1-0, Watford 4-2 and Arsenal 3-1 before going down to cross city rivals Manchester City 2-1. They then beat Bournemouth and West Brom by a goal before being kept to a 2 all draw against Leicester and Burnley the following week. After a scoreless draw with Southampton, Man U beat Everton 2-0, Stoke 3-0 and then Burnley 1-0. After going down 2-0 to Spurs, Man U beat Huddersfield 2-0 and then lost 1-0 to lowly Newcastle. Man United beat defending champions Chelsea 2-1 before a 3-2 win over the determined Crystal Palace. United then beat Liverpool 2-1 and Swansea 2-0 before winning the local derby 3-2 against Man City.
West Brom made a great start to the season with successive 1-0 victories against Bournemouth and Burnley. However their form was largely woeful in the following 19 games, picking up just 9 draws and 10 losses. They drew with Stoke, West Ham, Watford, Leicester, Spurs, Newcastle, Palace, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal, while losing to Brighton 3-1, Arsenal 2-0, Southampton 1-0, Manchester City 3-2, Huddersfield 1-0, Chelsea 4-0, Swansea 1-0, Man U 2-1, Stoke 3-1 and West Ham 2-1/ They ended the run with a 2-0 victory over Brighton, holding on for a 1 all draw with Everton before going on an 8 match losing streak, going down to Man City, West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton, Huddersfield, Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth and Burnley before they scored an ugly 1 all draw last week with lowly Swansea.
West Brom back 5 – West Brom has had an unreliable defence all year, hence why they are dead last and facing relegation. They have to find a way to shut down one of the most potent attacking units in the world.
Manchester United are expected to walk this on home.
Manchester United $1.20
West Bromwich Albion $19.00