Some of bet.unibet’s readers may be old enough to remember 1995, when Manchester United stumbled at the last hurdle – in a match against West Ham. As a result, Blackburn and Henning Berg clinched the title, a club now fighting for survival in the Championship.
We all remember what happened last season, when the title fight went down to the wire. United squandered a large advantage over the last few games, while City beat relegation candidates QPR in injury time. Roberto Mancini’s City are a distant 70.00 to retain their title.
Like I’ve mentioned in my previous articles, City need a miracle if they are to celebrate another Premier League title. The Red Devils did lose 1-2 to City on Old Trafford, but still hold a 15 point lead.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have struggled in the wake of the Champions League exit to Real Madrid, winning three and losing three of their last six games. They did however, secure three points at Stoke in their last outing. Another victory tonight is available at 1.67.
United’s £24 million man, Robin van Persie, was back amongst the goals against Stoke. 750 minutes without finding the net finally came to an end when the flying Dutchman scored a penalty and that relief will ahve boosted his confidence significantly. The attacker has 24 goals to his name this season and could be worth his price of 4.70 to score the first goal of the match.
Sir Alex has no new injuries to worry about. Rafael, Danny Welbeck, Nani, Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs are all hoping for a place in the starting XI. However, Ashley Young and my former team mate Paul Scholes are both out with injuries.
West Ham always prove a tough challenge - they traditionally play with pride and there's no doubt they would love to spoil United’s party.
Whether or not they can get something out of tonight's game, I'm really not sure. But what I am convinced of is that they will avoid relegation. The East London club have performed well of late – with Andy Carroll leading the way. As a result, the Hammers are now long odds, available at 80.00 to go down.
Carroll’s been on fire lately. The former Newcastle forward has three goals in West Ham’s last 3 games. He is a nightmare to mark and although I would've relished the challenge of facing him, that's not to say it would've been easy! The towering striker is available at 3.50 to score tonight.
West Ham must make do without James Tomkins, while Winston Reid and George McCartney are touch-and-go. Midfielder Mark Noble could be back from injury, while Joe Cole's fitness remains a big question mark for Big Sam.
All in all, I am backing a United win, but it might take them a while to get nto full stride as the Hammers battle hard in the first half. Meanwhile, i'm also tipping a rejuvenated RVP to strike twice or more.
Draw/Manchester United in the HT/FT market at 4.80
Robin van Persie to score twice at 5.50