West Ham and Manchester United, the two teams level on points will be locking horns this Sunday as they look to have a bigger say in the Premier League.
Date- Sunday, September 22
Time of Kick-Off- 6:30 PM (IST)
Venue- London Stadium
From the Dugout
West Ham United FC:
Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham side currently occupies the ninth spot in the league table with eight points on board.
However, they are level on points with Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, and Manchester United.
Arthur Masuku will miss out against Manchester United after getting shown a red card against Aston Villa.
Michail Antonio is on the sidelines due to injury, while Sebastian Haller and Albian Ajeti are expected to start up top on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be pleased with two consecutive wins on the bounce against Leicester City in the league followed by a win against Astana in the Europa League.
However, Manchester United will now have to travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham as they still eye their first away win this season.
The manager confirmed that Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, and Luke Shaw are likely to sit out the game versus West Ham.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given a rest against Astana and will be available for the Sunday afternoon clash.
It might be a shuffle between Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood, but chances of Greenwood featuring look likely as the 17-year-old looks high on confidence after grabbing his first senior goal for the club in mid-week.
Centre half, Eric Bailly remains a long term absentee due to injury.
West Ham- Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Fredericks; Noble, Rice; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller
Manchester United- De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; A Pereira, Matic, McTominay, D James, Rashford, Greenwood
The last time Manchester United visited the London Stadium to face West Ham was under the management of Jose Mourinho where they lost 3-1.
Nevertheless, it’s Manchester United who has got the upper hand in the previous six encounters with four wins to West Ham’s one.
Though Marcus Rashford has been a bit hot and cold this season, he has been involved in 70 goals in all competitions, which is the most by any United player since his debut.
For West Ham, Sebastien Haller has looked decisive at the forward line with three goals in his four appearances for the club.
Prediction: Manchester United did manage to keep Leicester and Astana at bay in the last two encounters, but the game against West Ham will seem to be even tougher cookie to track as they have yet to win all three points away from home.
With the red devils having quite a few first-team players missing out due to injuries, West Ham might fancy their chances and go for the win, but United might just have enough to scrape a point by the final whistle.
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MUN vs WHU | Fantasy Team | Combined11 :
D D Gea; A Ogbonna, Harry Maguire, P Zabaleta, A Wan-Bissaka; M Noble, D Rice, D James; S Haller (C), M Rashford, M Greenwood