Alan Curbishley faces a baptism of fire as West Ham manager tomorrow night when his new club host Premiership leaders Manchester United. Getting a result would be a significant boost for Curbishley, who has plenty to prove on his return to Premiership management. For all his excellent work at Charlton, the suspicion was that Curbishley had limitations as a coach and left The Valley when he realised things were about to go wrong. Curbishley will answer some of those doubts if he gets West Ham out of trouble, but he couldn't have a more difficult start. United have been rampant on the road this season, dropping points only at Reading, and have won 12 out of 17 away games in 2006. United rate the strongest away chance in the Premiership, though the odds reflect that. Chelsea rate the next-best away chance at Everton, but the champions don't appeal for this tough trip. Chelsea have won at Goodison only once in three league and cup games (with two draws) since Jose Mourinho's arrival and can expect another close contest. There are better-value home bets in the Premiership, with Reading, Wigan and Fulham top of the list. The best of the bunch is Fulham, who can bolster their good home form against bottom-half teams (eight wins out of 12 since the start of last season) with victory over Middlesbrough. Boro have taken only one point from their past five away games. There are three more good home bets in the Championship. Seventh-placed Burnley are overpriced against Sunderland, whose form hasn't really improved under Roy Keane (most of their points have come against teams in the bottom 10). In general, it has taken a good side to get anything at Burnley (three of their four home defeats have come against top-eight sides). Ipswich are coming off a tough run of fixtures but have a good chance to bounce back against struggling Leeds. Only two teams have scored fewer away goals than Coventry, which makes them vulnerable at West Brom (the joint-second highest scorers at home). The best bet among the big teams around Europe is Real Madrid to win at Espanyol. In Espanyol's favour is their good recent form and the fact that Real have lost 1-0 on their past two visits, but Real have become a tough side under Fabio Capello. Celta Vigo rate a good chance on the handicap at Levante. Celta's away form is good - three wins and three draws from their last seven in La Liga and the Uefa Cup. Torino are worth taking on the handicap for their trip to bottom club Ascoli in Serie A. Torino have lost only three of their past 12 - all against top-five sides. Homes: Fulham, Burnley, Ipswich, West Brom. Aways: Real Madrid. Handicap: Celta Vigo, Torino.