West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion welcome Manchester United to the Hawthorns in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash, in a game that may be a tight affair given the impressive form by the hosts coupled with the lack of goals from the visitors. West Brom are within touching distance of Manchester United in the Premier League table and have picked up as many points at home as the visitors have amassed on the road. The two clubs have been draw specialists in the division this season too, and have played out two draws in their last four league meetings at the Hawthorns. Hosts West Brom are seventh in the Premier League table with 23 points from 16 games this season, boasting four wins from their last six. The Midlands club have been solid on home soil too, winning three on the bounce at the Hawthorns ahead of Saturday’s visit of Manchester United, and have conceded just five goals from their last six overall to threaten a Red Devils side averaging just 1.2 goals-per-game in their previous five. Tony Pulis’ men have only lost one game in the division since October, and have actually picked up more points since November than their opponents. As for the visitors, Manchester United are one place and four points better off than West Bromwich Albion in the league, having won two and drawn three of their last five Premier League games. Jose Mourinho’s men have been performing well of late but are struggling to break down sides as a result of a lack of risk-taking in possession. United have scored one or fewer goals in four of their last five Premier League games and might struggle to break down an in-form Albion outfit who boast a fantastic head-to-head record with Manchester United. West Brom beat Manchester United in this fixture last season, winning 1-0 at the Hawthorns in March, and have won or drawn five of their last seven head-to-heads. At home, Albion have lost only once to United since 2011, and Jose Mourinho has long struggled against Tony Pulis’ sides. The Baggies’ defensive resilience and robust personnel will mean United’s physical presence will be matched all over the park, and West Brom won’t be susceptible from set pieces either, instead posing a real threat at the other end from dead-ball situations. Albion have long been a bogey side of Manchester United, and recent form between the two clubs suggests it wouldn’t be much of an upset should the Midlands outfit pick up all three points. Victory for the hosts could see them narrow the deficit to United to just a single point after 17 games while boosting their unlikely hopes of a Europa League place in the Premier League table. Manchester City are the only side to have beaten West Brom at the Hawthorns since August, and with Albion and United having drawn 11 league games between them this season, Saturday’s clash could result in a stalemate – an outcome West Brom would certainly settle for given the chance.