Kick-off: 1400, 14/02/2021
Stadium: The Hawthorns
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United had to work harder than they will have wished for in Tuesday’s FA Cup win over West Ham but should still be able to deal with West Brom.
Albion have only picked up one point from their last five Premier League fixtures and that was when drawing with fellow strugglers Fulham.
The Red Devils have tended to take time to warm up in away games, though, so 31/10 for the visitors to prevail after drawing at half-time is our first West Brom vs Man Utd prediction.
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West Brom were left 11 points from safety after following up a 2-1 loss at Sheffield United by going down 2-0 at Tottenham and a quick return to the Championship looks on the cards.
The Baggies have now conceded more than one goal in each of their last nine matches and Sam Allardyce admits that situation must be addressed.
“Those goals going in, which could’ve been avoided, means my work on the training field driving into the players’ minds has to continue so it stays with them,” he said.
“They are small mistakes that we’re making, but they’ve been enough to punish us.
“There has to be protection from the back four and goalkeeper first and foremost.
“We’ve proven that we can get in the box and create chances, but the whole team have to get better at defending and stopping the opposition from scoring.”
Albion only lost 1-0 when facing United at Old Trafford earlier this season and the Red Devils may look to ease through this contest, ahead of next week’s Europa League return.
With Allardyce determined to tighten up at the back, we like 13/10 for an away win and under 3.5 goals from the West Brom vs Man Utd odds.
Last West Brom line-up: Johnstone, Bartley, Ajayi, Townsend, Peltier, Gallagher, Sawyers, Snodgrass, Maitland-Niles, Diagne, Grant.
Grady Diangana (hamstring) is likely to remain sidelined but new loan signing Okay Yokuslu could make his full debut after coming off the bench at Tottenham.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United’s hopes of mounting a title challenge took a hit when Everton grabbed a stoppage-time leveller in last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils recovered in time to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for a record seventh straight season in midweek, although that was an uninspiring performance.
A cagey contest was only settled when Scott McTominay met Marcus Rashford’s fine lay-off with a thumping strike to secure a 1-0 victory in extra time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made six changes to his starting line-up for that tie, but then had to make five substitutions to sway a tight game his side’s way.
Bringing on four regular starters wasn’t ideal, but Solskjaer insisted: “Of course, going through is always the main thing in the cup.
“And for us, bouncing back after the disappointing last kick of the ball the other day, so very pleased with the mentality, how they reset their attitude and we’re positive about going through.
“I think the players saw the game out really well. We are getting stronger and fitter.”
United have been excellent on their travels this term, securing eight wins and draws at Leicester, Liverpool and Arsenal from 11 road trips.
The stand-out stat is that 16 of 24 away goals have been scored after the break, so 11/10 for the Red Devils’ highest-scoring half to be the second is added to our West Brom vs Man Utd betting tips.
For those wanting a bigger-priced punt, we like 18/1 for Bruno Fernandes to break the deadlock in a 2-0 United win.
Last United line-up: Henderson, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Matic, Van de Beek, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
Eric Bailly is back in contention after returning to training this week following a knock which ruled him out of recent matches.
Paul Pogba remains out with a thigh injury and Phil Jones continues his recovery from knee surgery.
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