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League Cup clash pits top versus bottom

Match Odds: West Ham 5.50, Draw 4.0, Man Utd 1.60 (William Hill)

Double League Cup holders Manchester United travel to London for a reunion with Avram Grant. The Israeli lost his first match in charge of Chelsea against the Red Devils and was in charge of the Blues in the 2008 Champions League final which went in favour of United.

Few would give Grant a chance tonight and odds of 5.50 reflect the predicament of the Hammers who will favour survival in the Premier League over a cup run. As such United look a very good price of 1.60 to maintain their strong form on the back of their 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers.

Manchester United have won their last six meetings with West Ham - all Premier League encounters - and have kept five consecutive clean sheets against the Hammers.

West Ham picked up a morale boosting win over the weekend against Wigan but few would anticipate another victory over United. Brave punters can back a West Ham win or draw on the double chance at 2.20.

Expert Eye
Sam Leggott, William Hill Sports Writer

"There have been 22 goals scored in Man Utd's last five Carling Cup ties so I think it is pretty safe to expect a few more going in, especially with West Ham's leaky defence. Over two goals is 1.85 but the value is on over three match goals at 3.20.

"For a better price, look no further than Javier Hernandez. The Mexican has repaid Sir Alex taking a risk on him by scoring seven goals already this season and although the 4.50 first is slightly better than Rooney's price - our Match Winner offer of an enhanced 8.0 for him to score two or more anytime is more appealing for me.

"If this was a league match, there is no way you would get anywhere near 1.60 in a 'top vs bottom' encounter. Just because this is the League Cup and Sir Alex may play an inexperienced squad, you can rely on him to put a team out more than capable of getting the job done."

Match Odds: West Ham 5.50, Draw 4.0, Man Utd 1.60 (William Hill)Bet Now

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