Manchester United vs West Ham – FA Cup Betting Preview
Manchester United Summary
Manchester United reached a season high on the weekend with a League cup final victory against Newcastle. It was a trophy which the club expects can spark beginning of a long and fruitful era under Ten Hag.
The morale and confidence is sky high at the club, and the spirit in the dressing room is at its maximum.
It is felt in and around the club that the current winning sensation and mentality has not been seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United are the only English team fighting on four fronts and a win here will keep them within reach of a quadruple. That said, not even the most optimistic fan believes that they will win all four.
Manchester have Eriksen and Martial out, both which would be starting in their best side.
They eased off the gas to an extent in the Wembley final as they led 2-0 and sat back. This means forced rotations to prevent fatigue build up is not expected.
West Ham Summary
West Ham come into this FA Cup tie without any serious pressure, as their priorities lay elsewhere.
Manchester United are arguably the toughest team in the land to face right now and so little is expected of the Hammers.
One thing that David Moyes will have in his favour however is that his team should be naturally well motivated, as is normally the case when they face Man United.
Moyes himself is a former boss at Old Trafford and although will not publicly admit it, feels badly treated by Manchester and so will be desperate to knock them out.
The confidence is boosted after a big home win over Forest on the weekend, but West Ham are still likely to be more focused on the league than the FA Cup while sitting so close to the drop zone.
On top of this juggling of priorities, they are also still in the Europa league which could just lessen the need to progress in this domestic cup.
Looking at team news now, where the headline should be to keep an eye on line ups in case of big rotations. This as they may opt to keep their best men fresh for the EPL weekend fixture.
Moyes may have Paqueta back but it’s unlikely he risks either him or Zouma or Cornet, all carrying injuries.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Manchester is in sensational form and priced @ 1.60 to keep it going and get the win in 90 minutes.
West Ham normally raise their game in this fixture but right now, it’s difficult to see them avoiding a loss. West Ham is @ 4.90 to win and the draw is @ 3.90.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Manchester Utd gives away a -0.75 start @ 1.84.
West Ham will sit back and try to frustrate, they look a little flattered with the handicap +0.75 @ 1.99. They could keep it tight but even a one goal loss means punters on West Ham would lose half their stake.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. The line is at 2.75 having risen from 2.5, meaning the market expects goals. Over is @ 1.95 and the Under is @ 1.83.