Manchester United vs. West Ham United Preview

January 16, 2013
By: Deke Hardman


Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening in their FA Cup third round replay.

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to select Wayne Rooney, who has not featured since damaging his knee during training on Christmas Day, whilst Nani is also available for the first time in fifteen games.

Nemanja Vidic should shake off a minor head injury in time to play, though Ashley Young will miss out.

Robin Van Persie scored his twenty-first of the season with the opener in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, and is favourite to open the scoring at a best price of 3.5 (7/2).

No team has lifted the FA Cup more times than Manchester United, though they haven’t won the competition since 2004. They have only gone out at this stage once in the 26 years Sir Alex Ferguson has been at the helm – losing to 1-0 Leeds United in the 2009/2010 campaign.

The hosts are odds on to win the game in ninety minutes at 1.33 (1/3) with most firms, while Bet Victor offer the best price of 10.5 (19/2) for the away win. The draw is available at 6.25 (21/4).

The Hammers, who have won the competition three times, and last made the final in 2006 go in to the game on the back of their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, and now have just two wins in their last eleven games.

James Collins injured his hamstring last time out, and joins George McCartney, Joey O’Brien, Mark Noble, Mohammed Diame, Andy Carroll and Mark Noble on the side-lines.

Joe Cole was impressive when the two sides met at Upton Park eleven days ago, and is 23.0 (22/1) with Bet 365 to get the first goal of the game, whilst his namesake Carlton is available at 15.0 (14/1) with a variety of firms.

Manchester United thumped West Ham 6-0 when these two sides met in the fourth round back in 2003, though it was the London side who ran out winners at the same stage two years earlier, when Paolo Di Canio scored a famous goal in a shock 1-0 victory.

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