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Saturday evening’s kick-off between West Ham and Manchester United at the London Stadium will be the first Premier League fixture with fans since March.

Up to 2,000 supporters will be permitted to watch an intriguing contest between two sides separated by four places but just one point in the Premier League table.

Two teams who also come into this game with brilliant home and away records: West Ham have not lost not at home in seven games in all competitions while Manchester United have not tasted an away Premier League defeat since January stretching to eight games.

The winners of this game could jump into the top four places, albeit temporarily.

Team News

West Ham:

David Moyes will have a fully fit squad to choose from, with Andriy Yarmolenko the only doubt after receiving a positive coronavirus test last week.

Michail Antonio did return in the victory over Aston Villa but did not look fully match fit, so Sebastien Haller could start.

Manchester United:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sweating over the fitness of Marcus Rashford after being forced off with a shoulder injury in the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. If not deemed fit, Mason Greenwood could deputise.

Edinson Cavani is still waiting to hear from the FA over his controversial social media post on Instagram, but should be eligible to lead the line for Manchester United after his heroic double against Southampton last weekend.

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Saturday’s game will come to soon for Luke Shaw, so Alex Telles should continue to start in his absence hoping to claim a regular berth in the United starting XI.

Match Stats:

  • West Ham have won five of their past eight league matches, including the last three in a row.
  • Seventeen points is their second highest Premier League tally after 10 games. They accrued 20 at the same stage in 2015-16.
  • United could win their opening five away league games in a season for the first time since 1985-86. They have gone behind in all four league matches on the road so far.
  • Bruno Fernandes could become the first United player to score in six consecutive away league appearances since Denis Law in 1964.
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is winless in both Premier League fixtures as a manager versus David Moyes (D1, L1).

Likely Line-Ups:

West Ham: Fabianski; Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Coufal, Masuaku; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Haller, Fornals

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes; Greenwood, Martial, Cavani

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