On Saturday, at 20:00, Manchester United has a huge opportunity to get three points, in the duel on their own field with WBA, from the 9th stage of the English championship.
Manchester United is only on the 14th place (goal difference 12-14), with 10 points, having only three victories in seven matches played. It was, as usual, an inconsistent journey for the “devils”, who alternate good performances with uninspired ones. WBA is on the 18th place (goal difference 6-17), without victory in the new season. Only three draws were achieved by Slaven Bilic’s students from the start of the championship. It can be seen that the WBA team did not receive big reinforcements during the break between the seasons, and the level of play of the white-blues is quite low. However, let’s not forget that United lost the previous direct duel with WBA, score 0-1, at home, in a big surprise that took place in 2018, right at Old Trafford.
WBA lost the last two league matches, score 0-2 with Fulham and 0-1 with Tottenham, after matches without brilliance. In comparison, Manchester United played a great match on the field of Everton (3-1), where they won with the fabulous performances of Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. Even though Everton led 1-0, the individual quality of the guests made the difference on Goodison Park.
But the international break came at a somewhat inappropriate time, as the game of “devils” was on the rise, even before Rashford’s injuries to Martial. The Frenchman did not play against Sweden at the weekend, but he has a good chance of being fit to play in the Premier League. If he cannot play for United, Edinson Cavani will be his replacement in the white-and-reds’ attack. Marcus Rashford also left the England team with a shoulder injury, but he trained normally on Thursday and is announced as a starter on Saturday. At the WBA there are some delicate problems, because two players have already been isolated, being infected with the new coronavirus. The club’s management did not reveal their identity!
Man. United: De Gea – Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles – Fernandes, Fred, Pogba – Greenwood, Martial, Rashford
Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
WBA: Johnstone – Ivanovic, Bartley, O’Shea – Furlong, Gallagher, Livermore, Krovinovic, Townsend – Pereira, Grant
Coach: Slaven Bilic
WBA’s last 5 matches ended with less than 2.5 goals;
The bet “does not score both” in 5 of the last 6 direct duels;
At least three goals have been scored in Man’s last 3 consecutive matches. United;
In 6 of the last 7 direct matches, less than 2.5 goals have been scored;
Manchester United have not won in 6 consecutive matches at home (PL);
PREDICTION: Over 2,5 goals @ 1,66