Manchester United vs West Brom Preview March 11

by Punter's Hero on March 11, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Manchester United will be glad to get back to the friendly confines of the English Premier League on March 11 when they host West Brom after bombing in the Europa Cup on Thursday. Sitting in second place in the English Premier League, United can’t afford any slip ups, especially at home at Old Trafford against a revitalized West Brom club. Their last home game, a 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao of Spain left a lot to be desired.

United has been quite a bit better in the league, at least where results are concerned, and are coming off of a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last week. However, West Brom are in their best form of the season with three wins in a row, including a 4-0 victory over Sunderland, a 1-0 win over Chelsea, and a 5-1 defeat of Wolves. Oddly, Mick McCarthy was sacked as Wolves manager after their loss to West Brom and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was let go after Chelsea’s loss to them.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson will likely have to play the game without the services of Steven Reid as he’s sidelined due to an injured ankle. However, it looks like defender Billy Jones might be back in the squad after recovering from his own ankle injury.

Manchester United will still be without goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard who has an ankle injury as well as captain Nemanja Vidic as the defender is out for the season. Also likely to be missing will be striker Michael Owen, winger Antonio Valencia, and midfielder Darren Fletcher. It’s possible that Tom Cleverley will return to the midfield though.

Going into the weekend United had 64 points from 20 wins, four draws and three losses and were just a couple of points behind Manchester City for the league lead. They’ve won four and drawn one of their last five league games and striker Wayne Rooney leads the attack with 18 goals so far this season. West Brom starts the weekend in 10th place from 10 wins, five draws and 12 losses and has won three, drawn one and lost one in their past five with Peter Odemwingie being the leading scorer with nine goals.

The two teams met in the first week of the EPL season with United managing to come out on top 2-1 at West Brom. This game means a lot more to United than it does to West Brom and we’re likely to see evidence of that once the game starts. United rarely have two bad games in a row and will be anxious to make amends for their poor performance in the Europa cup. Look for them to come out with some determination in this match and at the end of the day they should also have secured all three points.

Sportsbook William Hill’s latest odds on the game show a United win at 1/3 with a West Brom victory at 8/1 and a draw listed at 4/1.

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