Soccer Picks & Tips: West Brom vs. Manchester United

Mike Richardson

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 3:34 PM UTC

The EPL season draws to a close, and Manchester United travel to West Bromwich Albion for a final day send off, but there's still money to be made with our soccer picks on the EPL's last weekend.

You haven't been able to move through the back pages of the press in recent days without being bombarded with that Alex Ferguson, the Premier League’s most successful manager, stepping down at the end of the season. The fact that Fergie's last game happens this Sunday, with the title already assured clearly overshadows the match against West Brom. The sportsbooks have Manchester United winning 4/5 and I see no reason to bet against them, as it is inconceivable that the Red Devils will do anything less than put on an exhibition style performance to send their talismanic manager off the golf course in style.

Enough with the retirement rhetoric…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

This season Manchester United have got 88 points from 37 games, that averages out to a little under two and a half points per game so let’s round that up to about 3, and say United will win it. However, for the sake of it, you should know that West Brom winning is at a very unlikely 10/3.

There is a slight glimmer of hope for West Bromwich Albion as Manchester United's away record isn't quite as impressive as their home record this season, but as they have won 16 games at home it is also inconceivable that they would have done any better on their travels. Interestingly enough they have lost three games at home they have only lost two games on the road, but they have settled for four draws away from Old Trafford. A draw on Sunday is on offer at soccer odds of 13/5, but I can’t see Fergie’s reign ending on anything other than a victory.

What about the Baggies?

West Brom will finish no lower than ninth in the table and then only if Swansea take maximum points off their final game against Man City.

The recent history between these two sides throws up something very interesting, they have lost four of the last five, and United have scored two goals in each and every one of those last five. Looking at the two goal odd shows us 2-0 is at 8/1 and 2-1 is at 7/1.

If you want to base your soccer picks on history, you should know that 2-1 was the score the last two times Manchester United travel to the Hawthorns.

What's even more significant is the fact that West Brom haven't tasted victory over the Red Devils since 1984, that so long ago that Fergie wasn't even in charge back then… if such things imaginable. That also means they've never won beaten Manchester United in the Premier league.

At a tangent and it's interesting to note that the man who looks like a potato, Wayne Rooney has scored in four of his last five games against West Brom and scored a brace the last time these sides met.

And just to gild the lily further the winless run against the Premier League champions now stands at 16 games. If you do expect West Brom to cause an upset it's not going to be anything other than the slender margin 1-0 is at 16/1 and 2-1 is at 14/1, and if you're that way inclined republic the sort of person that pick Wigan to win the FA Cup last weekend.

Bon voyage Fergie.

Prediction: 4-1 to United available at 33/1 with Bet Victor.


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