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Betting Tip: Backing a home win with Marcus Rashford to score first at 3/1 with Betfair

This is such a tough game to call because Manchester United have not been consistent at home; far from it, in fact, as they only have the ninth best home record in the Premier League.

Draws with the likes of Stoke City, AFC Bournemouth and Hull City would suggest they may have trouble breaking down an organised side like West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford. Tony Pulis’ side will be more than happy to sit in and frustrate, before taking chances with set pieces, as they have better than anyone in the division this season, and on the counter attack through the pace of Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli.

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But the Red Devils have changed in recent weeks, becoming a much tougher side to contain. That is not solely down to the 26 goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, either, as their victory over Middlesbrough last time out showed. The Swede is currently serving a three-match ban and will miss this game, but United were excellent going forward at the Riverside Stadium, cutting through one of the best defensive teams in the league, let alone the bottom half.

The pace and constant movement of Jose Mourinho’s attack that day, with Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata all swapping places and breaching the Boro back four, led them to an excellent victory, and they can do so again here. Mourinho is the latest manager to opt for the use of wingbacks, and selecting the speed of both Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, instead of the comparatively slow Daley Blind, will give them the best chance of not only controlling the game in terms of possession, but also monitoring the likes of Phillips on the break.

United will maintain that attacking fluidity they showed on Teesside, but with the anticipated return of Paul Pogba and the suspended Ander Herrera, gain more penetrative power in the centre of the park. That will be incredibly important, given the structure Pulis demands from his team, with Darren Fletcher and Claudio Yacob, as well as Craig Dawson and Allan Nyom, barely straying up the pitch.

That is also why we are backing Rashford as first goalscorer, because he is nit only effective at playing off the shoulder, but very adept at driving at defenders with the ball at his feet. Against West Brom’s low block, that is where Mourinho’s men will get most of their joy.

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It is tough to see which West Brom side will turn up too. Ain victory over Arsenal last time, they were back in the form that has seen them rise into the top half of the Premier League, but against Everton and Crystal Palace, they lacked the very same intensity and organisation.

Whichever turns up, though, we are backing a home win in this one.

 

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