Manchester United travel down to London on Wednesday to face West Ham United at Upton Park in search of a win that could put them 18 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City.
Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t have asked for a much better opposition at this stage of the season as the Hammers, seven points clear of the relegation zone, look reasonably comfortable in mid-table. United also have a superb record in the Premier League against their mid-week opponents and the champions in waiting have already beaten West Ham twice this season in league and cup.
The Red Devils, as they nearly always do, go into the match as the bookies favourites, priced at 57/100 by bwin, whilst the home side are long odds at 9/2 and the draw at 3/1.
If you aren’t tempted by those odds, then before you bet take a look at these five stats that you might have missed.
2: West Ham have scored at least twice the last three times that United have played at Upton Park. A 2-2 draw in the FA Cup earlier this season was their previous meeting in east London and the Hammers are 7/2 to strike twice again on Wednesday.
2.28: The average number of goals per game that the league leaders have scored in the Premier League and at 11/5 to strike twice they are well fancied to keep up that average.
3: On-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has scored three times in West Ham’s last three games, doubling his overall total for the campaign. The former Newcastle striker is the best priced Hammers player in the goal scoring betting at 11/4.
9: The number of goals Wayne Rooney has scored against West Ham in the colours of Manchester United, including the winning strike of the FA Cup replay in January. The England striker is 13/10 to score his 10th, with team mate Robin Van Persie evens favourite to find the net.
15-30: Between 15 and 30 minutes of games is the period in which United have scored most often and worryingly for the home side, this is also the time when West Ham have seen the opposition score most often. The Red Devils are priced at 17/20 by bwin to score the first goal in the first-half.