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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Match Preview : Manchester United Vs West Brom Albion

Manchester United will begin their Barclays Premier League campaign with a trip away to the Hawthrons. United dropped only 2 points in their home last season on a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich. The Reds however earned retribution on the New Year's day with a 2-1 win over the Baggies. With upcoming fixtures versus Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea on the horizon, the Reds will be targeting full 3 points today.

United are the favorites to win the Premier League this season too with the last season's Premier League win setting a new record of 19 over the bitter rivals Liverpool. They have lost Edwin Van Der Sar and Paul Scholes but also have spent about 50 million in the summer to gain the services of Ashley Young, Phil Jones, and David De Gea. After a smooth and successful pre-season in which six games were won, and a Community Shield triumph over "noisy neighbours" City, United seem all geared up for a 20th Premier League triumph.

The Baggies finished 11th in the Premier League last season. They spent a lot of time in the mid-table after a promising start to the season but suffered a drastic downfall resulting in the sacking of Roberto De Matteo. On came Roy Hodgson and he provided positive momentum to end the season. They have signed Shane Long from Reading and Zoltan Gera from Fulham while former United keeper Ben Foster has been brought in for loan from Birmingham City.

In's and Out's:
The Baggies could be without Peter Odemwimgie- the club's highest goal-scorer last season who is struggling with a ankle injury. Youssouf Mulumbu is also set to miss due to abdominal strain. Rafael, Danny Welbeck, Carrick and Patrice Evra are all doubts for United due to injury. Javier Hernandez is out with concussion as are Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia who will both play for the reserves on Monday.

Last Meeting:
Chicharito came off the bench and headed United to a 2-1 win over the Baggies after James Morrison strike had cancelled out a Wayne Rooney goal.

Probable XI:
Manchester United: De Gea, Vidic, Ferdinand, Fabio, Smalling, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov
West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Ibanez, Olsson, Reid, Shorey, Scharner, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt, Thomas, Odemwingie

I predict a 4-1 win for United. What are your predictions?


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