Tuesday, May 10, 2016

West Ham vs Manchester United
Competition: Premier League
Date: 10 May 2016Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Boleyn Ground, London 

West Ham's shock 4-1 reverse to Swansea at the weekend has, realistically, ended their own hopes of a Champions League place. That result marked the occasion of their first defeat in 10 in the Premier League (W5-D5) and they now sit seventh in the table, just four points back from fifth place Man United. The Hammers are in need of points after  weekend victories for Liverpool and Southampton tightened up the race for Europa League spots.
The hosts will again be without Adrian, who is suffering with a calf injury. Darren Randolph will continue to deputise in goal. Carl Jenkinson remains their only other absentee. Slaven Bilic has the luxury of an otherwise-fully fit squad and will play with a 4-2-3-1 formation in which Andy Carroll is expected to lead the line once again. Michail Antonio had a tough afternoon against Swansea City at right-back and he could be pushed further forward, joining Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini in the offensive midfield trio.
Man Utd team are in good form after a run of five wins from the last six games, and only one defeat in the last 11 outings although only two wins have come from their last six matches away from Old Trafford.  The Red Devils know victory will keep the battle with Man City for fourth spot in their own hands going into the final-day clash with Bournemouth. Furthermore, Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 league matches
Louis van Gaal rested the likes of Marcus Rashford and Daley Blind at the weekend and they will return to the starting XI here. There must be major doubt over Matteo Darmian's participation after he hurt his ankle at the weekend while Marouane Fellaini is still suspended. The Dutchman will also be sweating on the fitness of Anthony Martial, who was not risked at Carrow Road as a precaution after injuring himself in the warm-up.
Man UTD have lost none of their last 14 EPL games against West Ham (W11 D3 L0). The Hammers have already played Man Utd three times this season, drawing two games and losing their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park (1-2). Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were on target for United in that replay win.

West Ham last 5 matches:
09/04/16 West Ham 3 – 3 Arsenal
13/04/16 West Ham 1 – 2 Man United
17/04/16 Leicester City 2 – 2 West Ham
20/04/16 West Ham 3 – 1 Watford
30/04/16 West Brom 0 – 3 West Ham

Manchester United last 5 matches:
13/04/16 West Ham 1 – 2 Man United
16/04/16 Manchester United 1 – 0 Aston Villa
20/04/16 Manchester Utd 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
23/04/16 Everton 1 – 2 Man United
01/05/16 Man UTD 1 – 1 Leicester City

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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