Fulham vs Manchester United Premier League Predictions

Premier League Fulham vs Man Utd
Fulham vs Manchester United Premier League

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Champions League-chasing Manchester United travel to a Fulham side whose only aim is to avoid Premier League relegation.

Predictions

Any hope Fulham’s stirring comeback against Brighton would spark a long unbeaten run that guaranteed Premier League safety was ended in the Cottagers’ very next game, as they lost to London rivals Crystal Palace – but more damaging than the blow to local pride was the distance it allowed the Eagles to put between themselves and Fulham, who are now seven points adrift of safety.

Manchester United, meanwhile, tookthree points from their trip to Claudio Ranieri’s former employers Leicester City as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten start continues. The Red Devils dropped points at home to Burnley – another result that harmed Fulham – but weren’t unduly troubled by the Foxes.

After seemingly being out of the top four running under Jose Mourinho, United are now breathing down Chelsea’s neck. They’ve gone above Arsenal and while anything other than a Champions League place looks unlikely, the signs are good for the long-term. Whether or not it’s Solskjaer in the dugout to start next season is something top bookmakers are taking bets on.

The former striker’s audition couldn’t have gone any better, at least. Solskjaer has won nine of his 10 games in charge, with the draw against Burnley the only blot on his copybook. Few teams look as if they’d be equipped to cope with the passing of Paul Pogba and the movement of Marcus Rashford, least of all Fulham, given the hosts have conceded 55 goals in their 25 Premier League games so far.

Fulham are paying the price for a scattergun summer transfer campaign, when more than a dozen new players were drafted in. There’s been no cohesion in the side as a result, with Aleksandr Mitrovic’s form the only highlight. The burley striker, who is into double figures already this season, can’t do it on his own.

If Fulham play to Mitrovic’s strengths and pepper the United penalty area with dangerous crosses, then he might find a way past the brilliant David De Gea. The problem comes at the other end, where United could score almost at will – 3-1 to the visitors isn’t out of the question.

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Betting Tips

United have scored in every game played under Solskjaer, dating back to late December, but their scoring record goes back even to Mourinho’s tenure – a November 2018 draw with Palace was United’s last scoreless game. With questions still over the centre of defence, Mitrovic could score in a losing effort. It’s 9/4 at 888Sport.

Rashford netted early against Leicester and Fulham’s defence is made of weak stuff. The England international thrives when he can think quicker than his opponents, and that should work in his favour here. He’s 4/1 at Royal Panda to score anytime.

Statistics

Head to Head

Fulham have only recorded seven wins over United in their history – five of them at the Cottage. The last time was in 2009, when Fulham beat United home and away. Since then, though, United have scored 30 goals against Fulham and conceded only nine.

Stats

  • Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in the league this season – when they drew 0-0 with Newcastle just before Christmas.
  • Solskjaer was on the bench for Ranieri’s first game as a manager in English football – a 3-3 draw between Chelsea and United in September 2000. He played the last nine minutes, replacing Andrew Cole.
  • Fulham have scored almost half as many league goals as United this season – 25 to 49 – but no United player has scored as many as Mitrovic’s 10.
  • Fulham have conceded nine more goals than any other team in the Premier League so far – 55 to the 46 let in by Burnley, Cardiff and Huddersfield.
By:James Cooke

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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