West Ham United
15:00 GMT 13 August 2017
After a summer that has felt like an eternity, the Premier League returns this week and one of the biggest ties of the opening weekend sees Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United make the trip up North to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. The Red Devils struggled last term as they could only manage a 6th-place finished while the Hammers were also below par, finishing 11th after taking the whole season to adjust to the Olympic Stadium.
There aren’t many sides that have dominated Man United in the Premier League and West Ham certainly isn't one of them. The Londoners have won one of the last 16 meetings between the two in all competitions. In five of the last six games between the sides, both of them have scored, it’s a game that rarely fails to produce goals.
Mourinho will be itching for his side to challenge for the Premier League title this season and a win in their first game is imperative if they want to compete with the other big sides. Injuries aren’t really an issue for the Special One as it is only Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw on the injury table.
Latest matches: Manchester United
|08.08.2017||UEFA||Real Madrid||Manchester United||2:1||L|
|02.08.2017||Club||Manchester United||Sampdoria Genoa||2:1||W|
|30.07.2017||Club||Valerenga IF||Manchester United||0:3||W|
|26.07.2017||Inte||FC Barcelona||Manchester United||1:0||L|
|23.07.2017||Inte||Real Madrid||Manchester United||2:3||W|
In the opposing dugout, Bilic has plenty of injury problems to worry about. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Mark Noble will definitely miss the match while Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini are all doubts as they look to return just in time for the first game of the new season.
Latest matches: West Ham United
|04.08.2017||Club||Manchester City||West Ham United||3:0||L|
|01.08.2017||Club||FC Altona 93||West Ham United||3:3||D|
|29.07.2017||Club||Werder Bremen||West Ham United||2:2||D|
|28.07.2017||Club||Werder Bremen||West Ham United||1:0||L|
|20.07.2017||Club||West Ham United||Fulham FC||2:1||W|
With home advantage and potentially the best squad in the league, it would be very poor if Manchester United don’t come away from this game with all three points. A draw for West Ham would be a massive result taking into account all their injuries but they shouldn’t stand a chance. It could turn ugly if the Red Devils score early and a comfortable win for Mourinho’s men is very likely. West Ham will be lucky if they even manage to score a goal in this one.
13 August 2017 - 15:00 GMT
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