Premier League betting: Back West Brom to end Manchester United’s winning run on SundayPublished March 5, 2016
Without having been particularly easy on the eye, West Bromwich Albion are already within touching distance of Premier League survival for another season.
A seven-point return from their last three games against Everton, Crystal Palace and table-topping Leicester City has largely banished any fears of the drop. Even so, a 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Championship side Reading in the midst of the current mini-run of form didn’t go down terribly well with the supporters, many of whom have been less than impressed with the performances under Tony Pulis in recent months.
Despite a lengthy injury-list, there have been signs of things finally starting to click for Manchester United, with some of the youngsters stepping up and putting in admirable performances of late. Memphis Depay also appears to have upped his game since being dropped to the Under 21’s in early February. That being the case, the question arises as to whether it’s the first-team players or Louis van Gaal’s management that is the main issue in the lacklustre performances this term.
It is four wins on the spin now in all competitions for the Red Devils and they are now level on points with neighbours Manchester City and, somewhat remarkably, right back in the mix for a top four Premier League finish as those above them continue to stumble. The 3-2 victory against Arsenal aside, none of the other recent wins were exactly unexpected and Wednesday’s 1-0 win at home to Watford was highly fortuitous.
It will be another makeshift Manchester United team at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon (4pm kick off), with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and at least half-a-dozen others all ruled out. There is also the small matter of a Europa League 1stt leg tie away to Liverpool on Thursday to take into consideration. Some of the youngsters can probably be forgiven if that game is already on their minds.
Manchester United are odds on everywhere to win this match, which seems ludicrous based on just a few recent results (against some very mixed opposition over three competitions) and fails to take account of what is a seriously weakened starting XI.
W.B.A. might have little left to play for this season, but Tony Pulis isn’t the sort of manager to let his team ease up. It looks worth backing the Baggies at +0.5 on the Asian Handicap, so ensuring a winning bet provided West Brom can avoid defeat.