Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over QPR saw the Red Devils return to the top of the table after rivals Manchester City played out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, in Rafael Benitez’s first game in charge of Chelsea.
West Brom maintained their fine start to the season with a 4-2 win away at Sunderland, whilst Alan Pardew’s woes continued as Newcastle slipped to yet another defeat.
Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over West Ham maintained the pressure on rivals Arsenal, after the Gunners played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.
Premiership Betting Tips
Wigan (6.00) v Manchester City (1.53); Draw (4.20)
Last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge enabled rivals Manchester United to return to the top of the table, although the Citizens are yet to taste defeat in the Premier League.
Roberto Mancini’s side have the best defensive record in the top flight and the form of Matija Nastasic in particular has been encouraging since his arrival from Fiorentina. Injuries to Gael Clichy and Micah Richards should see Alexander Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta retain their positions at full back with Brazilian Maicon noticeably off the pace.
Manchester City’s away form is beginning to become questionable with just two wins in six games, but the reigning Premier League champions should come away with three points against Wigan on Wednesday.
Hosts Wigan secured a fine 3-2 victory over Reading on Saturday with Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez grabbing all three goals.
Roberto Martinez’s side are yet to hit any of the form they needed to rescue themselves from relegation last season, but the striking pair of Arouna Kone and Franco Di Santo have at least excited the fans this season.
The three man defensive back-line still needs work, but wing-backs Emerson Boyce and Jean Beausejour have got forward well. The midfield play of James McArthur that has caught the eye in midfield alongside James McCarthy, although Shaun Maloney faces a late fitness test along with defenders Gary Caldwell and Ivan Ramis for this clash.
Manchester City have won the last five meetings against Wigan in the Premier League by an aggregate score of 10-0 and the Premier League champions should have far too much class for Roberto Martinez’s side on Wednesday.
Manchester City to win @1.53
Manchester United (1.22) v West Ham (12.00); Draw (6.50)
Manchester United had to come from behind again last weekend as the Red Devils once again relied on their attack to recover as 3-1 winners over QPR at Old Trafford.
Saturday’s game was the ninth time that the opposition has scored first in 13 games and striker Wayne Rooney has expressed his concern over his side’s tendency to concede the first goal.
The Red Devils‘ prolificacy continued on Saturday with Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez amongst the goals, but it was the introduction of Anderson which again proved to be the telling factor for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Paul Scholes’ suspension should leave the Brazilian free to be named in the starting line up and Anderson’s pace, energy and drive has been in stark contrast to the slower, patient dictating play of Messrs Scholes and Fletcher.
Manchester United have won 33 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League and that run looks likely to continue against West Ham.
The visitors have won just once in the last five league games, but on-loan striker Andy Carroll did at least manage to score his first goal for the club.
The Hammers have injury concerns regarding George McCartney and Yossi Bennayoun, whilst Mark Noble will miss the game due to suspension.
West Ham have a difficult run of fixtures between now and Christmas and the Manchester United attack should again prove damaging on Wednesday.
Manchester United to score over 2.5 goals @1.83
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