Manchester United will face West Ham United at Upton Park on Wednesday as they move closer to clinching the Premier League title.
- (Photo: Reuters/Phil Noble)
Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have had an impressive record against West ham as of late, winning eight league matches in a row against the Hammers.
The Red Devils are chasing a record 20th top-flight title and their 2-0 victory at Stoke City on Sunday was an eighth win in nine matches for United. The victory restored their 15-point lead over rivals Manchester City.
Depending on the results of the other league matches midweek and this upcoming weekend United could seal their title with a win at home against Aston Villa next Monday.
West Ham will be focused on passing the 40-point mark that would give them a top half finish and should they achieve this feat, calls for extending the contract for manager Sam Allardyce should abound.
The Hammers, who are currently sitting on 38 points for the season, could pass the 40-point mark with a win over United. Should Fulham suffer a defeat against Chelsea, the result would bring Allardyce's side to the top half of the table.
The Hammers are playing good football lately, have recorded only one defeat in their last five games and are coming into the match having drawn against Liverpool and Southampton.
One item of concern for the Hammers is the fact that United striker Robin van Persie ended his goal-scoring drought by converting a penalty against Stoke over the weekend. Given the fact that the Dutch international has scored four goals in his last three Premier League appearances against West Ham, the Hammers should pay extra attention to van Persie.
He scored the only goal when the teams met at Old Trafford in the league earlier in the season, and also fired a last-minute equalizer at Upton Park in the FA Cup third round back in January.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 p.m. ET and can be watched online here.