Fulham vs. Manchester United – Premier League – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Fulham will host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon in what tends to be an exhilarating game. The Cottagers have managed to beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s men on their last two visits to Craven Cottage 2-0 and 3-0, and the Red Devils will have their work cut out, if they want to take all three points. Read below for the match preview and our predictions and betting tips for the game.

Fulham Team News

New manager Mark Hughes has big shoes to fill, as he takes charge in his first competitive home game. Former manager Roy Hodgson led Fulham to the Europa League final and established them as a mid-table Premier League side in the last couple of season, which does give the new manager quite a challenge. Likely Hughes will struggle to match those achievements, unless Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed plans to make more transfer funds available to his newly-appointed manager, which seem unlikely at the moment.

Andy Johnson, Philippe Senderos and Diomansy Kamara are all ruled out for the game with long term injuries. Paul Konchesky and Mark Schwarzer are both rated as doubtful. Speculations about their probable pending transfer to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively might explain this, but nevertheless the loss of either would be blow to Fulham.

New £5 million signing, Belgian Moussa Dembélé will start on the bench and will hope to make his Premier League debut at some point in the game.

Manchester United Team News

Sir Alex Ferguson will look to start the same eleven that beat Newcastle United in their first game of the season. Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson are still missing due to injury. Patrice Evra has a slight knock, but should start the game, while Fabio, who also has a small knock, is likely to feature on the bench.

Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov is expected to start up front, while Michael Owen is back in the squad after being excluded completely from last week’s win over The Magpies. Worries over Rooney remain, as he has now gone 13 games – 1,082 minutes – without a goal for club and country, his last coming on March 30th.

Sir Alex doesn’t seem too concerned however and was quite philosophical in the pre match press conference, when he stated: “Strikers live by their goals. When they’re not scoring they think it’s never going to come. Then when they do come, they think they’re never going to finish. They’re quite straightforward in that respect.”

Match Preview

Manchester United has developed a team with tremendous strength going forward and their firepower will likely be too much for Fulham to handle. In light of Wayne Rooney’s inability to find the net in recent months, players like Berbatov, Chicharito and Valencia have been picking up form, and we expect Manchester United to score at least two goals in the match today.

Furthermore, veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have also looked inspired recently. Scholes picked up the Man of the Match award against Chelsea in the Community Shield and Giggs scored a beautifully-worked goal against Newcastle.

While Fulham are organised at the back and in midfield, they will struggle to score goals this season. If Nemanja Vidic can keep, England debutant, Bobby Zamora quiet, then we don’t see many viable attacking options left for Fulham.

Betting Tip and Match Prediction

Our betting tip is Manchester united to win at odds 1.57 at William Hill Sports
The match prediction will be a 2-0 win for Manchester United at odds 7.00 William Hill Sports

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