Manchester United look to start their Xmas run-in on a excessive as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Outdated Trafford in Saturday Night time Soccer.
Man Utd might climb as excessive as seventh with victory if Manchester Metropolis and Newcastle fail to beat Tottenham and Chelsea respectively plus Utd declare an enormous profitable margin.
West Brom in the meantime might at the very least quickly transfer out of the relegation zone with a win and drop Fulham into the underside three earlier than the Cottagers face Everton on Sunday lunchtime.
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Alex Telles is anticipated to be accessible for Man Utd after recovering from Coronavirus and subsequently testing detrimental in current assessments.
Mason Greenwood (sickness), Jesse Lingard (hip) and Eric Bailly (unspecified) might additionally return from damage while there are doubts surrounding a number of worldwide gamers; Marcus Rashford (shoulder), Harry Maguire (foot), Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelöf (each again).
Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Phil Jones (knee) stay absent with each gamers anticipated to return throughout December.
West Brom will welcome again Branislav Ivanovic, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson after the trio all examined constructive for Coronavirus earlier this month and hung out in self-isolation.
Sam Discipline (knee) and Hal Robson-Kanu (arm) aren’t anticipated to characteristic right here however might return inside subsequent few weeks.
- Man Utd have taken seven factors from their final 5 league conferences towards West Brom (W2, D1, L2).
- West Brom are unbeaten in 4 of their final 5 journeys to Outdated Trafford (W3, D1, L1).
- Each groups have missed a penalty every in 24 earlier Premier League conferences, with Utd scoring two of their three penalties while the Baggies missed their solely spot-kick towards the Purple Devils.
- Two of Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes’ 5 targets have come from the penalty spot in seven league appearances this season.
- West Brom’s Sam Johnstone is one in all two goalkeepers to have conceded 17 targets within the opening eight match weeks alongside Leeds’ Illan Meslier.
Having made an inconsistent begin to this season, Man Utd really want to crack on and construct some momentum heading into a busy December schedule which contains a brutal 9 video games in 28 days, though the Purple Devils can take coronary heart from their dominant comeback win at Everton just a few weeks in the past by way of creativity and defending which truly confirmed indicators of enchancment.
West Brom in the meantime should of spent the worldwide break targeted on their ending as a result of for all of their effort towards Tottenham, their poor ending high quality value them presumably the win if not some extent they usually can’t afford any silliness right here in any other case Man Utd will punish them onerous given the distinction in high quality.
One hope for Slaven Bilic’s Baggies is that they appear to be United’s house hoodoo workforce provided that they’ve misplaced simply one in all their 5 journeys to Outdated Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, so am anticipating an excellent sport however except West Brom’s ending improves then it must be a house win.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 WBA