Fulham v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Fulham v Manchester United

Premier League: Sat, 09/02  Stadium: Craven Cottage

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Marcus Rashford is in red hot form for United, and squad rotation aside should be starting this game and backed to find the net anytime at 6/5 with Bet365. Fulham may muster a goal themselves, with Alexsandar Mitrovic the man most likely to deliver at 2/1 to score anytime, again with Bet365. Over 3.5 goals is 6/4 with Ladbrokes, and based on Fulham’s generous defending should be considered.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Fulham v Manchester United

Relegation threatened Fulham play host to in-form Manchester United on Saturday, on what could be another difficult afternoon for the long suffering home fans at Craven Cottage.

Sinking feeling for the Cottagers

A stunning 4-2 win against Brighton two weeks ago was seen as a turning point in the season for Fulham, particularly with the result coming in dramatic circumstances as they trailed 2-0 at the break. The result though appears to have been another false dawn this season, as they slumped to a miserable 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out. The inability to string together a sequence of positive results has been central to their problems this campaign, and with only thirteen games left this season including this fixture, it is difficult to see how they will bridge the current seven point gap to safety.

A striking feature of the season for Fulham has been the form of Ryan Sessegnon. The talented left winger was being touted in the summer for a big money move based on performances in the Championship, but has found life much tougher in the Premier League. With no goals and just a couple of assists to his name this season, the teenager may find interest in him dwindling come the next transfer window, and another tough season ahead of him in the Championship based on Fulham’s current trajectory.

United still going strong under Solskjaer

Despite the blip of a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley, things have been going smoothly for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Still undefeated since taking the reins from Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils quickly put the Burnley result behind them and got back to winning ways with a well deserved 1-0 away success at Leicester City in their last league fixture. With no major injury concerns and players such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford coming into peak form, the latter stages of the season promise to be an exciting time for United fans. Whilst claims by Pep Guardiola that United are still in the title fight seemed slightly tongue-in-cheek, there is no doubt that they will fancy their chances of finishing in the top four.

The Fulham game is immediately followed by an exciting run of fixtures against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Premier League. A slip up against Fulham is unthinkable as they enter a critical run of fixtures that will shape their season.

Everything pointing to a routine United win?

United have already recorded a 4-1 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford this season, as Jose Mourinho enjoyed a rare comfortable afternoon as his team ran out easy winners. For Fulham nothing much has changed in the interim, with their defence still just as disorganised and prone to leaking goals under the slightest bit of pressure.

Fulham have the worse away defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded 32 goals, and for fans hoping the home record would stack up slightly better, Fulham have the dubious distinction of the joint worst defensive record at home in the PL too. All the omens point to a routine United win, with complacency probably being the only thing that can really stop them strolling to another victory under Solskjaer’s impressive leadership.

Marcus Rashford is in red hot form for United, and squad rotation aside should be starting this game and backed to find the net anytime at 6/5 with Bet365. Fulham may muster a goal themselves, with Alexsandar Mitrovic the man most likely to deliver at 2/1 to score anytime, again with Bet365. Over 3.5 goals is 6/4 with Ladbrokes, and based on Fulham’s generous defending should be considered.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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