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Manchester United vs. West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

18 November 2020

Saturday 21 November

Old Trafford - Premier League

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Manchester United are aiming to build on a great result just before the international break as they welcome a struggling West Brom to Old Trafford. The Baggies are without a win on their return to the Premier League, although they did record an excellent result the last time they visited this famous old stadium.

Past Meetings

Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal of the game when West Brom last played at Old Trafford in April 2018, although the win wasn’t enough to save the Albion from relegation in the following weeks. The Baggies actually have a very strong record against United, with the last 11 meetings between the clubs returning four wins apiece and three draws. The game that kicked off that run was the incredible 5-5 draw in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge of the Red Devils in 2013.

Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a mounting injury list, with Alex Telles adding to the United manager’s problems by appearing to test positive for a second bout of coronavirus. Fellow left-back Luke Shaw is already out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury, while Marcus Rashford is a doubt after pulling out of the England squad with a shoulder problem.

While the home team also have fitness concerns over Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Eric Bailly and Mason Greenwood, the visitors have three players who could all miss out due to Covid-19. Branislav Ivanovic, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson have all tested positive in recent days and weeks, while Sam Field and Hal Robson-Kanu both miss out through injury.

Manchester United vs. West Brom Preview and Predictions

Although this is a tough fixture for West Bromwich Albion, the Baggies can certainly take some confidence from their previous performances against Manchester United. The last 11 meetings between the clubs have only produced two home wins, while United’s Old Trafford advantage is further negated by the empty stands this weekend.

West Brom’s chances here will have a lot to do with which version of this Man United team turns up. The Reds showed real heart and desire in the face of huge pressure to beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park just before the international break, and if they produce another performance of that standard they’ll win this game comfortably.

However, United’s problems over the last couple of years have often come against the lesser teams. Solskjaer appears to struggle to inspire his players for the smaller games, even if a winless West Brom ought to provide real motivation for a resounding result in the Reds’ favour.

The hosts start as the clear favourites in the betting, priced at 1.31 for the win. West Brom are out at 10.00, as they bid to secure their first victory following promotion to the Premier League in the summer. Slaven Bilic’s side have lost five of their opening eight fixtures and drawn three, with a fourth stalemate of their season here priced at 5.75.

Recommended Bets

Man United to win to nil at 1.95

West Brom have scored fewer than a goal a game this season, while both teams have scored in only one of the last seven meetings between these two clubs.

Man United to win 2-0 at 6.75

The Reds have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three victories over West Brom, with two of those ending 2-0 to United.

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