Betting Preview: Manchester United v West Ham – FA Cup

Manchester United host West Ham United in Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie.

The meeting sees two sides in the Premier League’s top six go head-to-head in a bid to book a spot in the last eight of the competition.

Manchester United beat Watford and Liverpool to make it to this stage, while David Moyes’ West Ham side knocked out Stockport County and Doncaster Rovers.

The Hammers may have had an easier route to the fifth-round, but they’ve been in decent form of late bar the day they lost 3-1 against a struggling Liverpool side.

The Reds go into this one on the back of Saturday’s disappointing draw against Everton, when a late equaliser from Dominic Calvert-Lewin denied Solskjaer’s men of three valuable points. But putting that aside, this United side has won six of their last nine home matches in all competitions.

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BBC One will be showing the game for viewers in the UK and you will be able to listen to the game live on talkSPORT. You can also follow the action via Stretty News, where you will catch team news, goal highlights and post-match reactions.

A winner will be determined by the end of the night, so we won’t be playing a replay of any sorts. If the game ends in a draw it will be determined by extra-time and, if needed, penalties.

I’m going for a 2-0 win for Manchester United on the night and I expect to see Anthony Martial to get his name on the scoresheet. The Frenchman needs to get more goals under his belt and I think he will have fire in his belly after netting a brace off the bench in that 9-0 win over Southampton in the league a week ago.

It won’t be easy for the Red Devils without Paul Pogba. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the French midfielder has been ruled out for a few weeks after sustaining a muscle injury in the weekend draw against Everton: “He’s just started his recovery, working with his medical staff and we’ll get him back as soon and as safely as we can.”

The Hammers will be without Jesse Lingard who has impressed since completing his loan move to the London Stadium in January. Moyes will have Tomas Soucek available despite his red card against Fulham on Saturday. Mike Dean’s decision to send him off was ridiculous and rightly overturned.

Match officials

Referee: Paul Tirney
Assistant referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Ian Hussin
Fourth official: Lee Mason
VAR: Craig Pawson
Additional VAR referee: Richard West

Other FA Cup 5th round ties

Tuesday 8 February

Burnley v Bournemouth – 17:30 GMT

Wednesday 9 February

Swansea City v Man City – 17:30 GMT
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion – 19:30 GMT
Sheffield United v Bristol City – 19:30 GMT
Everton v Tottenham – 20:15 GMT

Thursday 10 February

Wolves v Southampton – 17:30 GMT
Barnsley v Chelsea – 20:00 GMT

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