West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes his side have every chance of beating Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final replay.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but I fancy us because we’re going to be even more confident,” said the Irons coach after the adversaries fought out a tense 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
“Manchester United are a different team when they play away from home and don’t have that same confidence.”
United have lost four of their last six road games, failing to score in the last two, with the sole victory during that sequence coming at League One Shrewsbury.
Yet their queasy form away from the Theatre of Dreams is just one of the reasons the Croat is correct to be confident in his team’s 4/5-rated chances of reaching the last four – United are outsiders at 9/10.
West Ham’s recent form in FA Cup replays offers the Irons further hope, with Liverpool and Everton dispatched after away draws across the last two seasons.
Cast-iron form in front of their own partisans is another reason to believe.
It’s now 14 home games since they last tasted defeat, during which time they’ve conceded more than once on only two occasions and kept six clean sheets.
However, arguably Bilic’s greatest cause for self-assurance is the Eastenders’ recent record against the Reds.
While the two sides have now shared three consecutive stalemates, West Ham have come closest to winning on all three occasions.
They took the lead at the weekend and hit the post twice during their previous visit to Old Trafford, while their previous clash with United in London saw Daley Blind rescue a point with a 90th-minute equaliser.
West Ham are 6/4 for victory in normal time, with Louis van Gaal’s men 8/5 and the draw is a 12/5 shot.