Manchester United needed a last-minute Robin van Persie equaliser at Upton Park to earn an FA Cup third round replay against West Ham and it’s hard not to think that the chance of progression for Sam Allardyce’s men came and went when they failed to hold on to their lead on home soil.
Indeed, the Hammers are likely to find things much tougher in the return clash at Old Trafford and bookies emphatically agree, bet365 making Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops just 1/3 to get the job done at the second attempt.
West Ham have failed to score at Old Trafford on their last four visits and Coral quote odds of 7/5 for Manchester United to again beat the East London outfit ‘to nil’ while BetVictor’s 17/2 for the hosts to notch twice without reply catches the eye given the visitors’ inability to make inroads from an attacking perspective against Sunderland at the weekend.
The Premier League leaders can take command in the early stages, just as they did against Liverpool on Sunday and BetVictor rate them at 20/21 to possess a lead at the end of each half.
Punters meanwhile, will be keen to have Robin van Persie on side after the Dutch striker notched again at the weekend. The prolific front man is just 5/2 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock again but he was used from the bench in the first match and there’s no guarantee that he will start so Danny Welbeck (5/1, Hills) is arguably better value in the same market following his man-of-the-match performance against Liverpool.