Fulham v Man Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 09/02/19
Football specialist James O’Rourke (@JamesOR1) previews Fulham v Manchester United and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League encounter by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Fulham v Manchester United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 02/02/19
- Time: 12:30
- Venue: Craven Cottage
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
This game presents two sides in differing form in the Premier League, with Fulham very much battling to save their Premier League status and Manchester United aiming to maintain their resurgence since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in the Old Trafford hot seat.
If Fulham are indeed going to remain in the top flight then collecting points at home is of paramount importance. All of their four Premier League victories this season has come in front of their own supporters, including a 4-2 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion in their most recent home clash.
The Red Devils on the other hand are yet to taste defeat under the tenure of Solksjaer. Only Burnley has managed to take any points off them at all. In his ten matches (including one in the FA Cup), it reads nine wins and one draw. They are very much hunting down a slight out of sorts Chelsea in third spot, and three points here would take them above Maurizio Sarri’s side for 24 hours at least.
Claudio Ranieri won his first game in charge of Fulham when defeating Southampton 3-2 at home in November. They’ve secured a further two wins and three draws since then, but the rest have been defeats, including at home to League Two Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. Their major concern is a dreadful defensive record, which is by far the worst in the league. They’ve conceded 2+ goals in their last six in all competitions.
Next week, Manchester United resume UEFA Champions League action when welcoming Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford. Solksjaer will therefore look to really drive home the importance of three points in this game, and not have one eye on what is to come. United are rightly the favourites to return from West London with all three points, but Fulham are fighting for their Premier League lives.
Nine of the last eleven head-to-head meetings has seen the Manchester club emerge victorious. We have to go all the way back to December 2009 for the most recent occasion that Fulham won this contest. Goals from Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff secured a memorable 3-0 win.
Fulham are likely to welcome new signings Lazar Markovic and Hävard Nordtveit into the squad after recently completing moves to the club. However, the duo will be very low on match fitness, so Ranieri is unlikely to throw them straight into the starting eleven. Cyrus Christie is a doubt having been forced off in the defeat at Crystal Palace. Timothy Fosu-Mensah would have been on standby, but he is ineligible to face his parent club. Andre Schurrle sat out the Palace match entirely, but Ranieri hopes to have him available again. He could replace Tom Cairney.
Man Utd will again be without the injured Marcos Rojo, but besides this, Solksjaer is set to have a fully-fit and available squad for selection. The question is if the Norwegian does indeed already have an eye on the PSG clash and potentially rests a few of his regular starters. That would be a risk, despite Fulham being in poor form, so a strong team should again be selected. Anthony Martial returned from injury on the bench versus Leicester, and may now be ready for a starting role once again.
Potential Fulham Starting XI: Sergio Rico, Denis Odoi, Maxime Le Marchand, Tim Ream, Cyrus Christie, Calum Chambers, Jean Seri, Joe Bryan, Andre Schurrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ryan Babel.
Potential Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.
Head To Head
- Fulham: 14, Draws: 19, Manchester United 50.
- Fulham last won a match in this respective meeting back in 2009.
- Man Utd have tasted victory on their last three visits to Craven Cottage.
- The earlier season meeting at Old Trafford saw United run out 4-1 winners.
Key Stats & Facts
- Fulham have only won four Premier League games all season, but all of them came at Craven Cottage. Ranieri oversaw three of these wins, too.
- If the Premier League table was based purely on the last ten games, Manchester United would sit top. Fulham incidentally would be 18th.
- Both Teams To Score has paid off 67% of the time in Fulham home games and 69% of Man Utd away games in the Premier League this season. Solksjaer has overseen four clean sheets in his ten matches in charge.
- Fulham 21/5
- Draw 16/5
- Manchester United 69/100
Whilst there is a nagging doubt that Man Utd could already have an eye on the big PSG clash in a few days’ time, this is still a game that they will expect to be winning. They certainly won’t want to go into that clash on the back of a shock defeat to a side battling against relegation. They have scored 55% of their Premier League goals in the first half of matches this season, so they could look to put this to bed early. This would then give them a chance to rest a player or two later on.
Many players have showcased a sudden improvement since the managerial change at Old Trafford. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are two of those, but Marcus Rashford is a player that continues to catch the eye and really impress. He is their joint second-highest goalscorer at the club on ten goals, six of those under the stewardship of Solksjaer. He can be backed to find the net once again.