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Ibet: Manchester United to kick on against West Ham

Gareth Purnell

edwin111 Ibet: Manchester United to kick on against West HamPremier League: West Ham V Manchester United, Sat kick off 5.30 pm, Sky Sports 1

Back Manchester United at 10/11 with Boylesports

Sometimes a single game can turn a season around – look what followed Aston Villa’s 4-1 win against Norwich – and there are reasons for thinking that at a shade of odds on Manchester United are a good bet to beat West Ham on Saturday. Sure, David Moyes has had a torrid first season and there have been some terrible results in the league, especially at Old Trafford. But if we look at United’s games away from home against teams in the bottom half in isolation, things have been okay. In fact a defeat at Stoke and a draw at Cardiff are the only times they have dropped points on their travels against such teams and they have comfortably disposed of West Brom and Crystal Palace in their last two domestic away games, suggesting things just might be starting to fall into place for the new manager. In actual fact based on away form alone, Manchester United are the third best team in the division and their tally of eight away wins is only one worse than Arsenal and Spurs, who top the away day table.

West Ham had a magic February, winning four consecutive Premier League away games, and that’s got them out of the relegation mire. They did brilliantly to make the most of some softish looking fixtures but subsequent losses to Stoke and Everton have brought a bit of reality back to the Hammers’ faithful. And it’s interesting to note that Allerdyce’s men have won only one home game against teams in the top 11 this season. The stand out 10/11 Boylesports are offering about the away win looks value to me, especially with United likely to have their tails up following their Champions League midweek 3-0 victory over Olympiakos and with Robin Van Persie at last coming to the party. If you want to keep the draw on your side you can lay West Ham at 4.9 with Betfair.

Advices

With Newcastle manager Alan Pardew in the middle of a three-month stadium ban and four-match touchline ban, Jose Mourinho sent off during his team’s defeat away to Aston Villa last weekend and Tim Sherwood seemingly permanently at boiling point, Betfair Sportsbook has released special odds on the next Premier League manager to be sent to the stands. The bookmaker makes gilet-throwing Spurs boss Tim Sherwood a warm favourite at 7/1. Under-fire Man United manager David Moyes is 8/1, with Arsene Wenger a 9/1 shot as he strives to claim his first trophy in nearly a decade. At the other end of scale possibly the coolest man in football, Everton coach Roberto Martinez, is seen as the least likely manager to be sent off this season at 33/1.

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