The teatime kick off sees clean-sheet kings West Ham entertain a Manchester United side who have gone three Premier League games without concession, hardly a guaranteed goalfest.
Or is it…
The sides’ last five Upton Park showdowns have delivered over 3.5 goals.
West Ham gave the reigning champions a right run for their money in two tussles across league and cup last term, both of which ended 2-2.
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United’s last three outings have produced three goals.
Win or lose, matches involving David Moyes’ men have not lacked for net-bulging entertainment of late and there’s serious evidence that Reds’ attacking squadron are starting to find their groove.
Although Robin van Persie has been cruelly struck down with an injury on the back of his glorious hat-trick against Olympiakos, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney were also amongst the six goals notched across those fixtures.
West Ham have struck at least twice in winning their last three home games.
The Hammers have begun to pull clear of the relegation zone now that their own injury problems are under control and they’ve begun to conjure the goal threat missing in the grim early months of 2014 once more.
Upton Park brings out their destructive side too with Sam Allardyce’s men putting three past Southampton last time out.
The south coast side had the league’s third-meanest road defence, so the hosts should be relied upon to keep up their end of the over 2.5 goals bargain.