Manchester United returned to competitive action for the new season in midweek as they contested the UEFA Super Cup against Champions League holders Real Madrid. As many predicted, they did come off second best against the unstoppable La Liga giant, but they held their own for a lot of the tie and only lost 2-1 in the end.
Now Jose Mourinho gears up for the new Premier League season as he looks to challenge for the title with Manchester United. He’s made significant moves in the transfer market to bridge the gap too, bringing in Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, and Victor Lindelof for a significant wedge of cash.
Lukaku got off the mark competitive with a goal against Real Madrid on Tuesday, and he managed three pre-season goals as well. Considering he got an impressive 25 league goals for Everton last season and will enjoy arguably better service this year, he looks a prime candidate for top scorer this year. Backing him to open his account on Sunday at 8/11 looks the best choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
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West Ham fell back down to earth last season after a very impressive campaign in the 2015/16 season, but Slaven Bilic has been working on fixing their problems over the summer. He has brought in Marko Arnautovic and Chicarito, the latter of which could prove bargain of the season for just £16 million. He is likely to face off with his former club on Sunday, and given that the Hammers scored in 15 of their 19 away days last season, I think they will be able to find the net here.
West Ham’s problem was at the other end of the pitch though. They conceded 33 goals on the road last season, and it seems highly unlikely that they can keep a Manchester United side who scored in all but three of their home games out. This makes odds of 11/10 for Both Teams to Score look very good value for money, so we’re backing that as our main prediction.
West Ham did tend to hold out until at least half time last year, and only went into the break behind in 21% of their away games. Manchester United were winning at half time in just 42% of their home games as well, so odds of 11/4 for a Draw/Manchester United Half Time/Full Time result look good value alongside a 2-1 correct score predictions at 17/2.
Make sure you check out our other Premier League predictions before having a bet this weekend.