It was assumed in many quarters that the capture of Juan Mata, followed by the 2-0 success against Cardiff would kick start Manchester United’s season but the champions, with a line-up that contained Mata as well as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, went down 2-1 at Stoke last time out and they now have their work cut out if they’re to even finish in the top four.
David Moyes’s men will be grateful then, to be facing beleaguered Fulham, who are rooted to the foot of the table and it’s no surprise to see United installed as emphatic 2/9 favourites by BetVictor.
It’s 16/1 with Stan James for Cottagers boss and former United coach Rene Meulensteen to make a happy return to Old Trafford, where it’s 6/1 (Winner.com) to finish all square but the West London outfit hit ‘rock bottom’ on Tuesday according to their manager, as they were dumped out of the FA Cup in extra-time by League One Sheffield United and they’re set to find the going tough in this one.
Indeed with the hosts likely to dominate, they’re a banker in the handicaps at 8/13 (Skybet) when kicking off a goal in arrears and are even worth considering at 6/4 via Paddy Power from two goals behind.
Alternatively, Moyes’s troops appeal at 5/6 courtesy of bet365 to prevail ‘to nil’ against a Fulham side that struggles for goals on the road while at the other end Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly the man to follow in the first scorer market at 10/3 (bet365) given his record against Fulham. The England striker has struck a dozen times in his last 14 meetings with the Cottagers and he stands out at 4/1 via betway to grab at least a brace here.
Wayne Rooney to score two or more – 4/1 (betway)