M.U (ranked 9th, 16 points) showed signs of a new cycle of decline, after they beat Southampton 3-2 in the previous round and then lost PSG 1-3 in the Champions League in the middle of the week.
Worry for the “Red Devils” became even bigger when their opponent this round was West Ham – the team is ranked 5th on the standings with 17 points. The flying high on the rankings helps coach David Moyes’ morale to rise. Specifically, in the last three matches, West Ham has all won and conceded only once.
Not to mention, the London Stadium home ground is considered the “most solid fortress” in the Premier League. In the five games played here, West Ham won up to 10 points. Only Liverpool (15 points) are better at home than West Ham in the Premier League. One of the reasons that helps Moyes coach’s students compete sublimated in this season is the extremely solid defense.
West Ham is the third least conceded team in the Premier League with 11 goals in 10 games, behind the top team Tottenham (9 goals) and the third team Chelsea (10 goals). But the scariest thing about West Ham is the very strong spirit of the game.
At the beginning of the season, Moyes’ teachers and coaches fought until the last minutes to keep Tottenham 3-3, after being three goals ahead of the opponent. That is also the reason why West Ham can take points against rivals like Manchester City, Leicester and Wolverhampton.
Before a West Ham impressing strongly and full of confidence, M.U revealed too many problems. The ability to finish will be a concern of M.U in this match, especially when leading striker Marcus Rashford is not sure to play due to injury.
In the context that neither Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are in good shape, the burden of scoring will be placed on the shoulders of General Edinson Cavani. However, the key to decide the success or failure of the “Red Devils” in this match will lie on the feet of conductor midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
If Bruno sublimates, M.U’s chances of winning 3 points will be great; On the contrary, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team will have difficulty. However, experts predict it is difficult for Bruno or any M.U player to explode in this match.
Saying so because the mind of the whole team is now on a “one-to-one” war with Leipzig in the Champions League mid-next week. Without the focus on opponents like West Ham, M.U easily falls into a “more or less evil” situation.
Before the difficulties mentioned above, the Sportsmole website predicted: M.U will fall 1-2 against West Ham. In a poll conducted by this site, only 41.3% of respondents trust M.U to win 3 points. The number of people who believe in a victory for West Ham is only slightly lower, 39.5%. On the BBC, commentator Mark Lawrenson predicted the match will have a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea and M.C easily breathe
In contrast to M.U, Manchester City (M.C) and Chelsea will have easier games. Accordingly, at home, Man City will welcome the 17th ranked team on the Fulham rankings (22:00 on December 5, K + PM THTT). This will be an opportunity for teachers and coach Pep Guardiola to win 3 points and improve their scoring achievements.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s rival Leeds (3 o’clock on December 6, K + PM THTT) is predicted to be a little tougher. However, with outstanding class and impressive performance in recent years, Chelsea is expected to have 3 points.