Manchester United plays well, and it is no wonder why the Red Devils recently took over the top spot of the English Premier League. However, following Leicester’s win over Chelsea last night, Solskjaer’s boys have to defeat Fulham at Craven Cottage in order to regain the top spot of the table. The hosts are a bit better now than at the start of the year. Yet, they are still far away from the necessary level of play needed for surviving in the Premiership.
Fulham (+450) is without a win in the EPL since late November, posting two losses and five draws in the meantime. They took one point against Liverpool and Tottenham but managed to miss chances to defeat Newcastle and Brighton.
All in all, Scott Parker’s side struggles in all areas of the game, and simply can’t make a leap from the Championship level of play and adjust to much higher demands required in the Premiership.
They are among the worst teams in the league when looking just at home matches, having one win in nine games and six goals scored. Over the previous three events at Craven Cottage, Fulham couldn’t score. Overall, they play low-efficient contests, with the latest eight across all competitions ending with under 2.5 goals.
Manchester United (-195) now has a dozen matches in a row without a defeat, posting three draws and nine wins over that stretch. In the latest game played at Anfield, they managed to restrain one of the world’s best attacks and get back home with a 0-0 draw in the bag, which kept a two-point distance between them and the Reds.
United didn’t lose on the road this year, having seven wins and two draws, with a total goal difference of 22-11. Believe it or not, seven of those road-trips saw at least 3.5 goals.
The Red Devil’s defense has been pretty good lately, not allowing a goal in three of the past four games on the road, with the rivals across the field being Everton, Burnley and Liverpool.
Cairney, Kongolo, Lemina, and Robinson are out for tonight’s match, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is a game-time decision.
Phil Jones, Pellistri, Rojo and Williams are not available for the guests.
Head to Head Matches
United has a much better head-to-head record, winning 51 clashes with Fulham so far. The Cottagers have only 14 wins, and 19 games ended with a draw.
United had no problems against this rival two seasons ago, winning both games with a combined goal difference of 7-1. The game at Trafford ended 4-1, at Craven Cottage 0-3.
The guests are in much better shape, and you don’t’ have to be a rocket scientist to see that. They are a scoring machine on the road, opposite to Fulham, who has massive troubles with efficiency. Overall, the Cottagers are pretty bad, and to be honest, they don’t have any chances of avoiding a loss here. United should post an easy win, probably by a two-plus goal margin. The odds on that are +150, which is superb having in mind the respective forms of these teams.
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