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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

West Ham v Man United: Can Carroll outgun Rooney and RVP?


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Meetings between West Ham United and Manchester United in the East End always tend to be lively affairs. Just four months ago the Red Devils needed a late moment of brilliance by Robin van Persie to force an FA Cup replay. Two years ago the visitors came back from two down to win 4-2 with Wayne Rooney turning the air blue with a hat-trick while who can forget the Hammers' emphatic 4-0 Carling Cup triumph? So what will tonight's game produce?

West Ham have eased their relegation fears in recent weeks with victory over West Brom and draws at Liverpool and Southampton. Three points tonight could send them into the top half of the table.

Manchester United will start the game as favourites. They bounced back from their derby defeat by City to see off Stoke City at the Britannia on Sunday. It may not have been a vintage display, but they got the job done and everyone in red would have been pleased to have seen Robin van Persie end his goal drought, although West Ham will be hoping that hasn't opened the flood gates.

The Hammers have been real thorns in the side of the Red Devils down the years. Who will ever forget their end of season heroics in 1995 that denied Fergie the title? But can Big Sam take three points off his big pal Sir Alex and give City a chance of retaining their title? It looks unlikely, but with Andy Carroll starting to find the back of the net again he could give Sir Alex's back four a game to forget. 

West Ham United v Man United; Kick Off 7.45pm April 17 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1    

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

4

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

1

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

3

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

2

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

3

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

2

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

2

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

2

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

2

V

3

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

2

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

2

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 7; Draw: 4; Away: 23.

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