Desperate to immediately bounce back from their FA Cup heartbreak over the weekend, Manchester United will welcome a resurging West Ham to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
Watching Chelsea pick up a thumping 3-1 win at Wembley on Sunday afternoon and seeing their stunning unbeaten run come to an abrupt end, the former champions now simply have their sights set on securing a top-four return.
On the flip side, picking up what should turn out to be a crucial 3-1 victory against fellow scrappers Watford on Friday night, the Hammers have managed to all but extend on their Premier League status for another year.
However, while the East London outfit might have shocked many with a 2-0 win when the two sides faced off in the capital earlier in the season, West Ham do hold what is a worrying record in the red half of Manchester.
Including a 2-1 defeat in their last trip to Old Trafford, United have won their last three straight contests against the Hammers on home soil. You might be interested to know that a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 3/10 with Paddy Power.
United seeking a response
Putting in what was a sluggish display at Wembley over the weekend and watching Chelsea book their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup, there is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be calling on an immediate response in midweek.
With their glittering unbeaten run coming to an end in the capital, the former champions simply have their sights set on securing a top-four return this summer.
With only their goal difference keeping them behind Leicester and that lucrative fourth and final Champions League spot, the former United icon will be calling on the red-hot Bruno Fernandes to lead their charge on Wednesday.
Converting from the spot against Chelsea over the weekend and bagging what turned out to be a consolation strike at Wembley, the 25-year-old has only gone from strength to strength following a January arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
Since making a return to action following football’s enforced break, the Portuguese playmaker has recorded six goals across all competitions and has picked up United’s Player of the Month award three times on the bounce.
With midfield partner Paul Pogba expected to be recalled to Solskjaer’s starting XI in midweek, you might be interested to know that Fernandes can be found priced at 21/20 with Coral to extend on his tally at Old Trafford.
Who can stop Antonio?
Putting on a first half clinic against Watford on Friday night and taking a 3-0 lead in at the London Stadium, it appears that the mood in West Ham’s camp could be on the rise.
All but securing their Premier League status for another campaign, the Hammers have collected 10 points over their last five Premier League appearances, their brightest run under former United boss David Moyes.
With that run highlighted by a stunning 3-2 win against another top-four chaser in Chelsea earlier in the month, Wednesday’s guests have their own attacking talisman enjoying a real purple patch.
Once again finding the net against the Hornets last week, leading marksman Michail Antonio has shocked many since making a return from the enforced break.
Including bagging all four strikes in West Ham’s thumping win away at relegated Norwich last week, the 30-year-old has already bagged seven Premier League goals since returning last month.
With no player in England’s top-flight recording more goals since the restart, you might be interested to know that Antonio can be found priced at 15/4 with 888Sport to bag an unlikely strike at Old Trafford in midweek.