West Bromwich vs Manchester United / Premier League – On the second day of weekend two more matches of the 18th round of English Premier League will be played and in the first of them 17th-places West Brom meets second-positioned Manchester United that currently has big 24 points more. Of course, the difference suggests that the Red Devils are great favourites to win but their rival had lost just once out of last five matches, while their previous head-to-head played at Old Trafford ended as goalless draw. Begins: 17.12.2017 – 15:15 CET
True, before that West Bromwich was defeated by the United at home by 2-0, but two seasons ago West Brom had managed to defeat them by 1-0 in front of its fans, so all options are on table on Sunday. We should bear in mind that team from West Bromwich didn’t win in last 15 rounds and it drew even eight matches in the same period, which is why it is still positioned above the drop zone but it has the same number of points like 18th-positioned Crystal Palace and 19th-placed West Ham.
Three rounds ago West Brom got a new coach, Pardew, but with him at the helm they won just one points in first two matches with Crystal Palace and Swansea, and only in the last round they made a good result as they pulled 0-0 at Anfield with Liverpool. It tells us that Pardew will probably try to use the same tactic now against the United, especially as due to injuries he cannot count on defender Dawson, midfielders Barry and Morrison, and forwards Phillips and Chadli.
Probabable lineups West Bromwich: Foster – Nyom, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs – Krychowiak, Jacob, Livermore – Robson-Kanu, Rondon, McClean
Team with most titles in England goes to West Bromwich after home victory of 1-0 over Bournemouth, which allowed it to keep the second place in the table, having three points more than third-placed Chelsea. At the same time leading Manchester City has 11 points more. The huge difference was created right after recent home victory of 2-1 over the United, which confirmed once again that the City is absolutely untouchable in the Premiership this season.
It means that the Red Devils will focus in continuation of season to stay at a position that directly leads to the Champions League, while in the round of 16 of that competition they will meet Spanish Sevilla in February next year. How, all they thoughts are focused at this duel with tough and unpleasant West Brom, which will skip injured stoppers Bailly and Rojo, and midfielders Fellaini and Carrick, and suspended midfielder Pogba.
Probabable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young – Matic, Herrera – Mata, Lingard, Rashford – Lukaku
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Of course, the guests from Manchester are regarded as great favourites to win the match but we all know that West Brom is one of most defensively oriented teams in the league, which is why we decided to play on fewer number of goals.
Odds: 1.90 at William Hill (down to 1.82 can be played)