West Ham – Manchester United 17.04.2013
West Ham is seven points from the drop zone and it seems they have a routine task to secure the Premier League status for the next season.
Manchester United on other side need only seven points from the remaining six matches to secure their 20th English league title.
First about the team news. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will be without the injured duo George McCartney and Mark Noble. His counterpart, Sir Alex Ferguson, will be missing Ashley Young due to an ankle injury, while Darren Fletcher remains a long-term injury absentee. It is expected Ferguson to make a number of changes from the starting eleven which beat Stoke 2:0.
West Ham is in solid form at the moment. They have one win and two draws on the last three matches. However, two of the mentioned three games were played away from home, while the only match at Boleyn Ground was against WBA. I think it is important to be analyzed how West Ham played against other top teams at home.
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Bad record, no doubt about it. It is clear the Hammers are inferior against top teams in the Premier League.
Manchester United are in excellent form, even they were beaten by Manchester City some 10 days ago. Manchester United have won 17 of their last 20 league matches – only dropping points in draws against Swansea and Tottenham, plus the mentioned defeat from the Citizens. Robin Van Persie is in form again, he scored against Stoke on Sunday and I believe he will continue that way. Van Persie (20 goals) will try to catch Luis Suarez and his 22 goals.