Manchester United vs West Ham – Sunday 13th August 2017 – 16:00 - Sky Sports Football

Man United are 30/100 with Romelu Lukaku at 11/4 to score first.

Manchester United face West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The Red Devils come into this match in good form, despite losing their last match against Real Madrid 2-1.

Casemiro was the unlikely source for Real's opener (24), with Madrid controlling the game to go 1-0 up.

Isco made it 2-0 after the break (52), with the Spaniard putting in a man of the match performance.

Romelu Lukaku scored a consolation goal for United (62), making amends for a poor miss earlier in the match.

Real won and secured back to back UEFA Super Cup titles, the first side since AC Milan in the 89 and 90 seasons to do so.

Tough Season Awaits

It will be a tough season for Jose Mourinho, with the club now having to juggle UEFA Champions League and League commitments.

They have made some excellent summer signings in the form of Lukaku, Matic and Victor Lindelof.

Mourinho identified the spine of his side as an area to progress and they have just one more target - Ivan Perisic.

This opening fixture will be a huge challenge, with West Ham also having an excellent transfer window.

 

United Favourites

Manchester United come into this match as favourites, with home advantage and their pedigree informing the odds.

Jose Mourinho will be looking for the perfect start to United's Premier League campaign, despite it being a tough opening assignment.

In the three matches against the Hammers last season, United won two and drew one.

Tough Start

West Ham come into this match on the back of a 3-0 loss against Manchester City, a tough result for Bilic's side.

Gabriel de Jesus opened the scoring for Manchester City (8), with the young Brazillian hoping to have a huge impact this season.

Sergio Aguero (56) doubled City's advantage in the second half, with David Silva expertly assisting the Argentine.

Raheem Sterling confirmed the win and 3-0 scoreline in the 71st minute, completing a dominant performance for City.

 

Success Needed

West Ham endured a tough campaign last season, with Bilic's men finishing in 11th place with 45 points.

It was a tough second season at West Ham for Slaven Bilic, it was a tough opening season in their new London Stadium.

West Ham have been active in the transfer window, signing Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic.

Given the money spent and invested Bilic will need to have a higher level of success than they did last season.

Hammers Underdogs

Slaven Bilic's side come into this match as underdogs, with United's pedigree informing the odds.

This will be a tough start for the Hammers, with Mourinho's side one of the favourites for the League title.

West Ham will be looking for their first win at Old Trafford in 10 years.

West Ham are 9/1 with Javier Hernandez at 10/1 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Lukaku to score first @ 11/4

Tip 2 – United to win 2-1 @ 15/2

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