Preview - Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion - 16 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion
Monday, April 16th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 1.97
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (15)

West Bromwich Albion:
Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.79
Average goals against per match: 1.58
Top Scorer: Salomón Rondón and Jay Rodriguez (6)

A clash between one side with no hope of winning the league and another with no hope of staying up this weekend as Manchester United welcome West Brom to Old Trafford.

Manchester United have been through something of a rough patch of late, but made many of their critics eat their words last weekend with that remarkable come from behind win over big rivals Manchester City at the Etihad. Having sickened City on their big day in front on their own supporters, Jose Mourinho's men should arrive here in good spirits. Marouane Fellaini remains a doubt, but just about all the regular starters are fit and well.

West Brom meanwhile come roaring into this fixture having remarkably gained a point last week. Their home draw with Swansea snapping a nine game losing streak which sees them destined for the Championship next season. The Baggies look set to be without James Morrison, Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry here, whilst it looks like its going to be all too late by the time headline January acquisition Daniel Sturridge makes his return to the side.

Manchester United have the best home defensive record in the league having conceded just the 7 goals to date. West Brom have scored just eight on the road. A home draw against Swansea is one thing, getting something at Manchester United is quite another and we don't see it happening.

Prediction: Manchester United 3 - 0 West Bromwich Albion


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 14 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 70% - 30%

One booking for either side here, with Manchester United's Paul Pogba and West Brom's Allan Nyom being shown the yellow card by referee Paul Tiernry.

Well, well, well, we certainly didn't see this one coming. Having produced an inspired second half comeback to beat league leaders Manchester City away from home last weekend, Manchester United contrived to get beaten of the leagues bottom side at Old Trafford this week.

As expected United enjoyed the lion's share of possession but were only level in the shots on target stakes by the end of the game as West Brom successfully pulled off a text book smash and grab raid at the Theatre Of Dreams. A lot of United's possession was however in meaningless areas as they employed the "why use one pass when three will do approach", failing to find the incisiveness to undo a determined Baggies outfit.

It soon became apparent that this may not go entirely to script as United looked a shadow of the side who played at City last week, and were largely restricted to efforts from range. West Brom came closest to scoring in the first half with Jake Livermore forcing an excellent save from David De Gea in the twelfth minute. Goalless at the break.

The pattern of play remained much the same in the second half. United dominating the ball but West Brom looking dangerous on the counter and from set-pieces.

What turned out to be the winner came from a corner kick in the 73rd minute. The ball swung in from the right being inadvertently headed back across goal by Nemanja Matic and straight into the path of Jay Rodriguez who headed home.

And despite a lot of huffing and puffing and one excellent save by Ben Foster from a Romelu Lukaku header, that's the way it stayed as the Baggies held on for a remarkable win.

Darren Moore deserves a lot of credit for the belief he seems to have instilled in this West Brom squad in such a short space of time. And whilst it is surely too little too late in terms of survival, they are at least showing a bit of pride and aren't mathematically down yet.

The most significant outcome of this match concerned the top of the table though. Manchester City are now officially your Premier League Champions for the 2017/18 season.

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