Fulham’s deadline day manoeuvres did little to revive their fortunes at the weekend, as they went down 3-0 at home to Southampton and the Cottagers are now rooted to the foot of the Premier League.
Rene Meulensteen is probably thinking he could do without an FA Cup replay against Sheffield United then, especially as Fulham visit Old Trafford on Sunday and it’s inevitable that the Cottagers boss will make plenty of changes to his starting line-up.
However, the Blades are also in the midst of a relegation battle following a 3-0 defeat of their own, at Crewe on Saturday, and they too will have an eye on the weekend given that they face a six-pointer at home to Shrewsbury. It’s a level playing field in that respect then so you have to fancy the Premier League team, on home soil, to come out on top.
Bet365 rate the hosts as odds-on favourites while Stan James quote 5/1 about a success for the League One outfit and it’s hard not to think that Sheffield United’s chance came and went when they led on home soil in the first meeting.
Moreover, Nigel Clough’s side are desperately poor on the road and have managed just eight goals in 14 away fixtures in the league so it’s easy to envisage a Fulham triumph ‘to nil’ at 15/8 (Coral) and more specifically, Winner.com chalk them up at 15/2 to net twice without reply.
Fulham to beat Sheff Utd ‘to nil’ – 15/8 (Coral)