Man United v West Brom
Sunday, Apr 15 – 16:00
Man United claimed an emphatic 3-2 victory over rivals Man City last weekend, coming back from 2-0 down thanks to an inspired second-half performance from Paul Pogba. The result put United in an excellent position to finish the season in second place, as well as denying City the title – albeit temporarily. Pogba is expected to feature in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI today, but fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial could miss the game, with reports that the forward is hoping to leave the club this summer.
West Brom were held to a 1-1 draw when they hosted Swansea City last week, and are now without a win in 10 competitive matches. The Baggies seem to be in free-fall at the moment. They are currently without a manager, and recently parted ways with technical director Nick Hammond. West Brom remain planted to the bottom of the Premier League table, collecting just 21 points from their 33 games this season.
What the stats tell us:
- Man United have won just 40% of their last 10 matches against West Brom (W4 D3 L3). Prior to this run they won 85% of the first 13 Premier League matches (W11 D2).
- In fact, the Baggies have only lost one of their last four matches at Old Trafford (W2 D1) – losing 2-0 in 2015.
- The last club starting the day at the bottom of the table to beat Man United at Old Trafford were Blackburn Rovers in December 2011 (3-2).
- Jose Mourinho’s side have an opportunity to win six consecutive matches for the first time since January 2017.
- Man United have kept 16 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – more than any other club in the competition.
- West Brom are without a win in their last 15 matches on the road in the Premier League (L11 D4) – their worst run of results since the 2008/09 season.
- Man United have won more matches from losing positions than any other Premier League side this season (4 – level w/ Arsenal and Bournemouth).
- The Baggies have only managed to score 26 goals this season – the same number of goals that Man United have netted in the first-half of their matches.
- Alexis Sanchez has been involved in four goals over his last two matches in the Premier League (one goal, three assists).
Man United will be buzzing after their historic win over rivals City. Jose Mourinho’s side are finally beginning to look the part, and a second-placed finish will be viewed as a definite improvement on last season. In contrast, West Brom are experiencing a disastrous campaign, and things seem to have gone from bad to worse recently. They have five matches to get at least 10 points or relegation is guaranteed, and it’s hard to see the Baggies taking anything from today’s match. United to win and keep a clean sheet.