Man Utd v West Brom Sun 14:00
Currently boasting the best form in the Premier League, Manchester United will look to remain within touching distance of league leaders Manchester City when they play hosts as odds on favourites with Bet365 to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
The Red Devils have won five and drawn one of their last six league outings but will be hoping to bounce back from their midweek defeat by extending their unbeaten streak.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were deservedly beaten in their Europa League fixture against Athletic Bilbao but a victory in domestic competition may turn morale around.
That may be easily said than done though and while West Brom may not have proven such stern defence earlier in the campaign, Roy Hodgson’s side are in the midst of an impressive run of form.
The Baggies have won four, drawn one and lost just one of their last six Premier League matches; the latest of which being a 1-0 home win over English giants Chelsea.
West Brom’s attack has taken a turn for the better lately too with the West Midlands outfit netting ten goals in their last three games including a 5-1 rout over Wolves.
Surprisingly, the Albion have looked more threatening away from home than when playing at the Hawthorns this season, scoring an average of 1.54 goals per game when performing on unfamiliar soil.
The statistics would appear to go in their favour too with United not being anywhere near as impressive at Old Trafford as they were last season.
Ferguson’s team are eleventh in terms of home defence, conceding an average of 1.15 goals per game this season when playing in front of home support.
Although United will remain favourites to come out as victors, this matchup could prove a more tantalizing fixture than many would predict at first.
Alex Ferguson will have to make do without Antonio Valencia, who is a touch short of full fitness following a hamstring strain, while Tom Cleverley could make a return to the side.
For the Baggies, manager Roy Hodgeson can field an almost full strength side with the only absentee Steven Reid, who will miss the game after failing to recover from an ankle knock.