Now three games unbeaten in all competitions, Mauricio Pellegrino’s West Ham are starting to find their feet. Here, they welcome Manchester United to the Olympic Stadium, a team the Londoners haven’t scored against in their last three Premier League (PL) encounters.
‘The Hammers’ had the worst PL start of any team this season, losing their first four games. In their defence, five of West Ham’s six league matches so far have been against clubs currently located in the table’s top-half – it doesn’t get any easier here, as they face a team they’ve only beaten once in the last 18 H2Hs.
However West Ham will go into this encounter after an emphatic 8-0 midweek Carabao Cup victory against Macclesfield, in contrast to a near full-strength Manchester United side that was eliminated on penalties by Derby.
In fact United have had a mixed start to their season (W3, D1, L2), and have already conceded nine PL goals (1.5 on average), while registering just two clean sheets from eight competitive games.
However they’ve compensated for their leaky defence when going forward, scoring 2+ goals in four of their last five, and in four away matches in a row.
Players to watch: Andriy Yarmolenko bagged two goals in West Ham’s last away match, whileRomelu Lukaku scored six goals in his first four starts in September (all competitions), but is now without a goal in three.
LIVE STREAMING WEST HAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED 29.9.2018
Stat attack: Seven of West Ham’s last nine competitive games produced over 2.5 goals – six of those saw over 3.5!
United have scored seven of their nine PL goals in the first-half, while six of the nine they’ve conceded came in the second.
There’s been a total of 28 yellow (4.67 on average) shown in West Ham’s six PL fixtures – the corresponding average for United matches is 3.67 per match (22 in total).
Will not play
Referee: Oliver M. (Eng)
Venue: Olympic Stadium (London)