WEST HAM UNITED vs MANCHESTER UNITED
Date: Monday, 2nd January 2017,
Kick-off at 17:15 UK.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
manchester United have closed the gap on us after narrowly beating us 1-0 at their place and we will be looking to West Ham to do us a favour and take some points off them. With improved form West Ham are looking a lot safer in 12th, 8 points outside the relegation zone.
They have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 3 at home, scoring just 9 goals in 9 games and conceding 14. Those stats don't augur well against Manchester United's decent away record. They have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 2, scoring 13 goals in 9 games and conceding 11. They have won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 away games while West Ham have won their last 2 at home against Hull City and Burnley, they lost to Arsenal before that.
Jose Mourinho's side are unbeaten in 13 games and picked up a maximum 15 points in December. West Ham may have to be at the top of their game to take something from the game, but they are capable of raising their game against the top clubs.
From the 9 home games, West Ham having been drawing at half-time in 6 of them, 3 they have gone on to win, 2 they have drawn and just 1 they have lost. By comparison from their away game Manchester United have only been drawing twice, going on to win one and draw one. They have been in front at half-time on 5 occasions, winning 4 and drawing one.
Perhaps we will see a tight encounter with Manchester United having the joint third-best defence in the Premier League along with Arsenal. Both have conceded 19 goals, while Chelsea have conceded 13 and Spurs have conceded 14.