Man Utd v Fulham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 08/12/18

Dave South (@LockupTipster) previews Manchester United v Fulham and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s 15:00pm kick off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Manchester United v Fulham Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 08/12/18
  • Time: 15:00
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Channel: N/A

Manchester United come into this after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Arsenal midweek, whereas Fulham mustered a point at home to Leicester City, keeping them at the foot of the division.

With Manchester United’s record against Fulham in general, you can understand why they are 4/11 to win the game, and many accumulator backers will have enough confidence to include them in against Fulham. However, this is not the same Manchester United side from the reputation it once commanded.

With all the problems behind the scenes at Old Trafford, Fulham may be taken by some punters, but am sure the smarter punter will consider taking on the handicap markets. However, 16 points from the leaders in the league is significant and time is ticking faster for the United gaffer.

Team News

Ashley Young served his one-game ban in midweek and will surely return to the starting XI to provide Jose Mourinho with some fresh legs.

Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were only named as substitutes against Arsenal on Wednesday and could also star here.

Anthony Martial picked up a knock in the second half of Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Arsenal but Mourinho believes the Frenchman has avoided a serious injury. He may not be risked here, nonetheless.

Marcos Rojo made his first appearance of the season in midweek, while Eric Bailly also started his first United game since the start of October. Chris Smalling played through the pain against Arsenal.

Luke Shaw and Phil Jones missed out against the Gunners and remain doubts for the home side. Antonio Valencia is an option at right-back, though Diogo Dalot impressed on his full Premier League debut.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to face his parent club, though has dropped out of favour since Claudio Ranieri's arrival at the club.

Floyd Ayité and Kevin McDonald are the only other concerns for the Cottagers, though neither would have started at Old Trafford.

Aboubakar Kamara scored on his third league start of the season in midweek and will hope to be rewarded with another place in the starting XI on Saturday.

Calum Chambers has emerged as a key player for Ranieri in midfield and is expected to retain his place in the team here.

Tom Cairney will hope to earn a recall to the starting XI after dropping to the bench in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Leicester.

Potential Manchester United Starting XI: Gea, Dalot, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku and Rashford

Potential Fulham Starting XI: Rico, Merchand, Mawson, Odoi, Christie, Seri, Chambers, Sessegnon, Cairney, Kamara and Mitrovic

Head To Head

  • Manchester United 5-1-0 (Last six)

Key Stats & Facts

  • Manchester United are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the league.
  • Fulham have lost their last six league away games.
  • There have been over 2.5 goals netted in eight of Manchester United’s last nine league games.
  • Fulham have failed to score in five of their six away games.
  • Fulham have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last eight league games.
  • Manchester United results against Fulham in their last three meetings at Old Trafford.

Betting Odds

  • Manchester United – 4/11 BetVictor
  • Draw – 23/5 Unibet
  • Crystal Palace – 9/1 Unibet

The Verdict

The draw midweek was really no help for the hosts, nor the visitors. Claudio Ranieri's record after three matches in charge of Fulham is one win, one defeat and one draw. They are still bottom of the Premier League but only a point adrift of safety. This is the first Premier League meeting between the two sides at Old Trafford in four years. Fulham haven't beaten United since 2009 and with Manchester United’s impressive unbeaten record would give punters some confidence.

The 4/11 is about right, but with a new gaffer at Fulham and one defeat in three raises some doubt and although Fulham are working on tightening their defence, Manchester United’s striking is not as great as you may suggest.

I was looking at the goals markets and odds compilers have the goal line firmly on three goals and think if Manchester United win the game has an implied chance of 73.53% best price. However, banking on Ranieri’s men keeping tighter at the back may still succumb to the hosts and think, from seven league home games, only two have gone four or more goals. In respect of victories, is not strong, however if United edge it, they will and with Fulham struggling to score, Manchester United to win and under 3.5 goals is a consideration.

At 13/10 implies a 43.48% chance and do not forecast any thrashing taking place.

Recommended Bets

  • Manchester United win & under 3.5 goals – 13/10 (Ladbrokes)