Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion Preview
Saturday’s game at Old Trafford sees table toppers Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have opened up a seven point lead at the top of the Premier League after Javier Hernandez’s late winner clinched all three points in Boxing Day’s seven goal thriller against Newcastle United.
The Red Devils could welcome back Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young and Phil Jones whilst Shinji Kagawa may be amongst the substitutes after missing the last two months. Wayne Rooney is expected to miss at least two weeks with a knee injury.
Top scorer Robin Van Persie got his sixteenth goal of the season last time out, and is 3.75 (11/4) with Bet Victor to open the scoring on Saturday, whilst Hernandez, who could make a rare start in Rooney’s absence is available at a best price of 5.0 (4/1).
1.33 (1/3) is the best price on offer for the home win, with West Brom 11.0 (10/1) outsiders with most bookmakers. The draw is widely available at 5.5 (9/2).
After previously going four games without a win, West Brom secured back to back victories against Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers to go within level on points with fourth place Tottenham Hotspur.
They will be without defenders Jonas Olsson and Goran Popov and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, whilst George Thorne has been recalled from a loan spell at Peterborough United.
Strikers Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku are both available at 13.0 (12/1) in the first Goalscorer markets, with Peter Odemwingie a 15.0 shot (14/1).