West Ham look to continue their fairytale season when they travel to Old Trafford to take on a Manchester United team looking to close the gap on the top four. The visitors are aiming to finish in the top four for the first time since the 1985-86 season and secure the club's first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League. West Ham sit in fourth place with 37 points and currently hold a two point lead over fifth place Arsenal, although the Gunners have two games in hand. They’re last match was a disappointing 3-2 home loss to Leeds United, a defeat which ended the Hammers four match winning streak. Their opponents Manchester United have had a decent start to life under Ralf Rangnick, going 5-3-1 since the German took over. However, considering the ease of the schedule that the Red Devils have faced in that time, some fans may be feeling somewhat underwhelmed with the results. They responded positively after throwing away a two goal lead vs Aston Villa by recording a 3-1 away win against Brentford. United now sit seventh in the table with 35 points, and can leapfrog their opponents with a win.
West Ham have been impressive away from home this season and actually hold a better record than when playing at the London Stadium. The Hammers have earned 20 points away compared to 17 at home and also boast a +7 away goal differential compared to +4 at home. Manchester United have followed a similar trend this season and haven’t been able to depend on their strong home field advantage. The Red Devils have lost four of their 10 home matches and have failed to score in four of their 10 league home matches This could be a tough match for Rangnick’s United side. West Ham have been in a groove this season and have dealt with teams extremely well when playing away. Moyes’ likes to hit teams on the counter attack and their tactics set up well for playing on the road. The height and size in their squad should cause problems against this United team that has been leaking goals this season, especially at Old Trafford.
We’re going to back the visitors to get a result here and take West Ham on the double chance. The Hammers away form can’t be ignored and it’s a testament to their successful counter attacking style that has allowed them so much success when visiting other team’s grounds. David Moyes’ side will come into this match with full belief that they can take three points and they should prove a handful for the hosts.