Manchester United have not won at Craven Cottage in their last three visits. Last season, the Red Devils were twice pegged back when drawing 2-2, while the previous campaign saw them thrashed 3-0 at exactly the same time of the year.
The difference that day was that Sir Alex Ferguson had major problems in defence, although the champions seem to be coping well despite Nemanja Vidic being ruled out for the season. Sunday’s 2-0 win at QPR was as routine as they come and the manager will be looking for another win in west London on Wednesday night.
This assignment is clearly a lot tougher than the trip to Loftus Road, although United have the winning habit and odds of 3/4 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bets) are available that they keep the gap between themselves and Manchester City to two points.
The good news for the visitors is that Wayne Rooney has started scoring again and the England man is 7/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to break the deadlock as he did against Rangers last weekend. Nani is available at double the odds and the Portuguese winger is also looking sharp as we approach the festive period.
Fulham have had a strange season which saw them knocked out of the Europa League last week, although it means that the Cottagers can focus on domestic matters and they gained a valuable three points when beating Bolton on Saturday.
Can Martin Jol’s side beat United for the third time in four seasons? The bookmakers are prepared to offer 9/2 that the home side claim a morale-boosting win and they do have a defence which has recently shut out Liverpool and come mightily close to stopping Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.