He may be an Old Trafford hero, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær has guided Manchester United to four winless opening home league games for the first time since 1972/73 – a season in which the ‘Red Devils’ finished 18th. A 3-1 win at Everton last time out has kept the wolves at bay for now, but West Bromwich Albion have been a bogey team for United in recent years, going unbeaten in four of the last five Premier League (PL) H2Hs held here (W3, D1, L1).
With three PL goals conceded in the opening 15 minutes at home – and just one scored themselves before the 75th minute – Man United have a lot of work to do to rectify their dreadful form. Having failed to score in consecutive PL home matches, Man United should be motivated to stop three in a row from happening for the first time since May 2002 – albeit poetically, that run was ended with a 1-0 win versus West Brom.
The visitors are in dire straits themselves, having failed to win their opening eight league games for the first time since 1985/86 – a season in which the ‘Baggies’ were relegated from England’s top tier. Their joint-league high average of 2.13 goals conceded per PL fixture must take most of the blame.
Subsequently, West Brom have trailed at HT in all four PL away games this season, losing three by a 2+ goal margin (D1), and conceding an average of 1.5 goals between the 25th minute and HT across those road trips.
United’s rollercoaster season continues but the tipsters expect them to get the better of out-of-sorts West Brom at Old Trafford. Betpay has odds of 1.35 for a win for the Red Devils.