These teams settled for a share of the spoils on Sunday and our tipster is expecting another competitive clash when Jose Mourinho's men face Slaven Bilic's side at Old Trafford
Manchester United and West Ham United meet for the second time in just four days on Wednesday, with a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup the reward for the winners.
Sunday’s Premier League renewal ended in stalemate as Manchester United battled back from the concession of an early goal to take a point against the Hammers on home turf and this promises to be an equally competitive clash.
These two teams locked horns in the last eight of the FA Cup last season and the men from Manchester will be hoping that history repeats itself, for United won that tie in a replay at Upton Park before going on to claim the silverware against Crystal Palace at Wembley.
The Hammers though will recall the previous League Cup meeting between these sides, for it was the east Londoners who enjoyed a memorable 4-0 victory on that occasion and Slaven Bilic’s men would dearly love a repeat of that result this time around.
It has not been a successful campaign for the Hammers thus far, for Bilic’s side are just one point clear of the bottom three; furthermore, it is worth noting that the east Londoners have come out on top in just two of their last 11 League Cup ties on the road against top-flight opposition.
Remarkably, Manchester United have been beaten in just one of their last 24 League Cup ties against Premier League opposition at Old Trafford – against Chelsea in 2005 – and Jose Mourinho, who is unbeaten inside normal time in his last 10 matches in this competition, will be keen to see his side further extend that impressive record.
The hosts are chalked up as a 4/9 (1.44) chance with Paddy Power to win inside 90 minutes, while the same firm go just 1/6 (1.17) that Mourinho’s men secure a semi-final spot at the expense of the east Londoners; Paddy Power offer 7/2 (4.50) that the match remains all square at the end of 90 minutes – a selection that would have paid dividends in each of the previous three matches between the teams at Old Trafford.
West Ham have won just one of their nine games away from home so far this season and, as such, it is perhaps unsurprising that the odds compilers offer 13/2 (7.50) that the visitors win inside 90 minutes, while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that the Hammers secure a place in the final four of this competition for the first time since 2013/14.
There have been fewer than three goals scored in each of United’s last five domestic fixtures on home turf and, given that the selection also would have seen punters profit from no fewer than four of the last six games between the sides, it is Paddy Power’s generous 11/10 (2.10) quote for another low-scoring tussle between the teams at Old Trafford that carries most appeal ahead of this clash.
|Under 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power|