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EPL Preview: Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion will look to put their gut-wrenching Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal behind them when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion will look to put their gut-wrenching Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal behind them when they travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Saturday.

The Baggies fought tooth and nail to stay in the League Cup in midweek, but in the end Arsenal advanced via the penalty shoot-out, 4-3, after 120 minutes could not separate the two sides.

Now then, Albion must regain their focus as they prepare to face reigning English Premier League champions Manchester United on Saturday night.

Team News

Robin van Persie  is a doubt for Saturday’s fixture against West Brom, meaning that Chicharito Hernandez, who netted the match-winner against Liverpool on Wednesday, could start for United.

Hernandez is 4/1 to score first and EVS to score anytime at Old Trafford on Saturday.

In addition, England midfielder Tom Cleverley could be in contention to return to the starting XI for the hosts after missing the last game with a knock, while Darren Fletcher (illness) remains out indefinitely.

Captain Chris Brunt (groin) and Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra (hamstring) — on loan from Udinese Calcio – could return for the Baggies, but former United goalkeeper Ben Foster (foot) and Zoltan Gera (knee) are unavailabe for selection.

Manager Quotes

David Moyes: “It’s [United's start to the season] not frustrating,” said Moyes. “I will sort it. I will fix it. I will turn it around. I have no doubt about that.”

“[Wednesday] was a big game for us. We had lost at Anfield a few weeks ago and at the Etihad on Sunday, and we wanted to put that right.”

Steve Clarke: “I have never been afraid to go to their ground. It’s something you should relish. It’s fantastic to play at these stadiums.

““It makes you feel good and ready to play the best you can. I don’t believe it has a fear factor. I don’t believe you should go to these places and be intimidated. Players have to relish such a challenge.”

Match Facts

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 18 matches against West Brom (15 wins and three draws).

The visitors, whose last win against United came in March 1984, have won just five of 23 Premier League fixtures in 2013.

The last meeting between the two clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge of Man United, ended in a stunning 5-5 draw, with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku netting a second-half hat-trick for Albion.

Betting Odds

Manchester United (3/10); West Bromwich Albion (11/1); Draw (19/4)

Match Prediction

Man Utd 4 – West Brom 0 (12/1)

Fri 27 September, 2013
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