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West Brom v Manchester United – 14 February 2021 – Premier League preview

Manchester United face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League clash at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Red Devils recently booked their spot in the last eight of the FA Cup with a slender 1-0 win over West Ham United.

They will be hoping to pick up momentum with another win in the Premier League where they have been inconsistent of late.

The club have picked up only one victory from the previous four league encounters (two draws and one defeat).

They are currently five points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

Meanwhile, the Baggies are languishing in 19th spot in the Premier League table, 11 points adrift of safety.

Key stats ahead of Sunday’s game:

United have had a mixed league record against the Baggies over the past 12 games. They have won just five, with three draws and four defeats.

The Red Devils won the reverse fixture at Old Trafford by a 1-0 scoreline. They have the chance to do the double for the first time since the 2011/12 season.

In the past eight meetings, there has been just one occasion where both teams have found the back of the net (December 2017).

United are heavy favourites to win this game to maintain their undefeated away game record and you can use this football index offer to back them to win again.

They have gone 18 games without defeat, and they are the bookmakers’ favourites to win on Sunday and take their streak to 19.

Team News:

The Red Devils have Eric Bailly available after his shin injury but may feature on the bench, having just returned to training. However, Paul Pogba (hamstring) and Phil Jones (knee surgery) are still out of contention.

Grady Diangana is the sole absentee for the Baggies. The attacker has returned to training, but the United game may come too soon for the ex-West Ham graduate.

Predicted Line-ups:

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Edinson Cavani.

West Bromwich Albion (4-4-1-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Kieran Gibbs; Robert Snodgrass, Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Gallagher; Matheus Pereira; Mbaye Diagne.

Predicted Score:

United have generally found it difficult against teams who are prepared to sit back and defend. It won’t be a straightforward game against the Baggies, but they are prone to making defensive errors which the Red Devils should pounce upon.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been exceptional on the road this term with just six points dropped from 11 matches – in the form of three draws. They should come up with three points from The Hawthorns and a clean sheet alongside.

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Manchester United

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Soccerstats.com

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