Manchester United put their derby nightmare behind them with a pleasing 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup and Steve Clarke’s West Brom, who have yet to taste victory on the road this season, are next up.
The champions are 3/10 to win their fifth home game out of six in all competitions this term, with West Brom at 33/4 to pull off a shock victory and the draw is 17/4.
United always score at least a couple against West Brom at Old Trafford
West Brom’s last six visits to Old Trafford have seen the Red Devils win by two goals or more on five occasions, while the only anomaly in that run was a 2-2 draw three years ago, so the 83/100 that David Moyes’ men can overcome a one goal handicap looks a great way to boost your winnings.
The last two renewals of this fixture in the north west have ended 2-0 to the home side and that is the favourite in the correct score market for this match at 11/2.
Clarke’s side have rarely started a top-flight season so poorly
Anything less than a win against Sunderland last time out would have led to the Baggies equalling (at best) their worst points total after five games since the Premier League began.
The fact that their only league win so far this season came against a team that have managed just a single point and parted with manager Paolo Di Canio after the game suggests a corner has not yet been turned by the Midlanders.
West Brom’s three goals against Sunderland mask their woeful record in front of goal
A solitary league goal coming into the Sunderland game meant West Brom had the worst scoring record in the division at the time and the addition of Victor Anichebe up front – scorer of six goals in 26 league games for Everton last season – suggests they still lack the firepower to compete with the champions’ legion of strikers.
Robin van Persie faces a race to be fit for this game, but the recent absence of the Premier League’s top scorer for the last two seasons has not stopped United’s other forwards getting among the goals.
Javier Hernandez marked his first start of the season with a Capital One Cup winner against Liverpool and Danny Welbeck’s two goals in four games is already double what he managed in the league last year, but Wayne Rooney’s four goals and two assists in his six appearances mark him out as the man to watch in the first goalscorer stakes.
Rooney can be backed at 7/2 to break the deadlock in this tie.