Manchester United v West Ham tips: Red Devils set for EFL Cup quarter-final spot
Manchester United's grip on the Premier League title race is loosening and they will instead turn their attention to the EFL Cup on Wednesday
November 28th, 2016
Jose Mourinho’s men are far short of the pace in the 2016/17 Premier League title race and should the United boss wish to bring some silverware to Old Trafford this season then the EFL Cup presents him with the best chance of doing so at this stage of the campaign.
Juan Mata was the hero in the fourth round of the competition when his second-half goal was enough to sink arch-rivals Manchester City and West Ham present the Red Devils with another obstacle on the way to a semi-final place.
The Hammers finished just outside the top six in 2015/16 but they aren’t enjoying this season anything like as much. The East Londoners were dumped out of European competition in the qualifying rounds and sit dangerously close to the bottom three in the Premier League as things stand with only goal-difference keeping them out of the dreaded drop zone.
The EFL Cup has been the only bright spot in what has otherwise been a dismal season and whilst they were far from impressive in their 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley, they had no problems in overcoming a Chelsea side which were admittedly without a few key players in the third round of the tournament.
Can West Ham follow this excellent result with another win at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening? The Hammers held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at the weekend, however we’re far from convinced about their chances of leaving the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ with anything for their troubles in this midweek cup clash. Mourinho has made it clear that he is affording this competition the utmost importance as demonstrated when he chose his strongest possible line-up against Manchester City, therefore we expect a strong United line-up against the Hammers this week.
The Red Devils are 1/2 odds-on favourites to win in ninety minutes on Wednesday evening and we’re of the opinion that they will do just that. Mourinho’s men didn’t get the better of West Ham in the weekend clash but it wasn’t for lack of trying with numerous wasted chances. The hosts will be looking to go one better at Old Trafford this week and with both teams having few problems in front of goal, we’ll be going for a Manchester United victory with both teams scoring at 21/10.