Man Utd v West Ham Betting Predictions | EFL Cup 2016/17Published November 29, 2016
Old Trafford is set for a rematch of Sunday’s duel when Manchester United host West Ham in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho’s side were the better team to bet on that Premier League fixture but once again failed to finish off their opponents. The 1-1 draw meant that they had failed to win any of their last four fixtures at home for the first time since 1990.
So what’s the problem? United are dominating games and creating chances. The problem stems from the fact that they’re failing to convert these chances. They have the lowest conversion rate in the division and have to stop blaming goalkeepers who, while playing well, are being given the opportunity to save shots taken from goalscoring positions.
We don’t have the failed expected goals data on hand but one can imagine that United have no problem making that top four. They sit in sixth place after 13 games and with just 20 points, Mourinho has a worse record than both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal at this stage of their respective reigns. If Paul Pogba isn’t the only one thinking that they’re cursed in the Premier League than maybe cup competitions can offer some respite. We fancy a convincing win here.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was on the bench for the first time this season on Sunday and it would be a surprise if he was left out of this squad. Maybe a start is still some way off but he should appear at some point. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was summoned off the bench although many United fans felt he deserved to play the full ninety minutes after his Europa League performance. He should start for this clash and Anthony Martial may be given the opportunity to impress.
Having picked up a yellow card for diving against the Hammers, Pogba will miss this game. Andy Carroll could start for the visitors.
Man United predicted XI: Romero, Darmian, Rojo, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Rashford, Lingard, Martial
West Ham predicted XI: Randolph, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Payet, Noble, Kouyaté, Feghouli, Obiang, Ayew, Carroll