Manchester United will be looking to cement their position in second place with another win when West Brom arrive at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Fans are still on a high following our stunning comeback victory over Manchester City last weekend that saw us come from 2-0 down at half-time to secure a dramatic 3-2 win at the Etihad.
That victory not only prevented City from sealing the title against us but it ensured we opened up a four-point lead over third-placed Liverpool after they drew 0-0 at Everton.
Our advantage could be reduced to just one point if, as expected, Liverpool beat Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday evening so we can’t have any slip-up against West Brom on Sunday.
The win over City was our fifth consecutive victory in all competitions so we’re certainly putting together a solid run of results, even if the performances haven’t always been top quality.
West Brom will arrive at Old Trafford in serious trouble as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League table with just 21 points to show from their 33 games so far.
They’re 10 points from safety so it’s going to take a minor miracle for them to survive the drop this season. However, sometimes teams who have nothing left to play for can be dangerous and the Baggies have at least been putting up a fight.
They drew against Swansea last weekend and with the exception of the defeat to Leicester, their last five defeats have all been by the odd goal so they’ve been a little unlucky.
However, nine defeats in their last 10 games tells it’s own story and I’m confident United will ease to a routine win on Sunday afternoon.
A quick look on oddsexpert.co.uk tells us that United are best odds of 1/5 favourites to win the game so we’re going to need to find some value in other bets. United have won seven of their eight games at home against teams in the bottom half of the table and we didn’t concede a single goal in those matches. West Brom have only scored 8 goals in 16 away games this season, so United winning to nil at odds of 7/10 looks a good bet.
Romelu Lukaku has been back among the goals lately and we all know he’s a flat-track bully against the lesser teams. He also likes Old Trafford, having scored 7 in his last 8 appearances at the Theatre of Dreams, so Lukaku as an anytime scorer at 10/11 is certainly tempting.
I think United will win 3-0 – which is available at odds of 11/2 with the bookies – and if we throw in Lukaku as an anytime scorer we get excellent odds of 19/2.