Just when you think that Manchester United are getting back to their best, the team lets the supporters down with an abject performance. Aston Villa may be going through a ‘new manager bounce,’ but few would have expected the Villains to record a comfortable 3-1 win over the Red Devils last time out.
Erik ten Hag’s United are now looking for a lift as they go into the World Cup break, but it may not be easy. Fulham have sealed some impressive results of their own since returning to the top flight and the Cottagers sit in ninth place in the Premier League, just four points behind their opponents.
Fulham vs Manchester United is the Super Sunday game with an 11.20am ET kick-off, but what do the USA-facing sportsbooks make of it? Read on for our full game preview and betting predictions with picks.
Despite their struggles on the road last weekend, Manchester United remain hot favourites to claim all three points this time around. A number of bookies are quoting 17/20 on the away win while both the draw, and a victory for Fulham are available at the best industry odds of 3/1.
United’s defeat to Aston Villa put a dent in their recent form book. Over the last six games, Ten Hag’s men have picked up eleven points. Last weekend’s loss was their first in ten matches across all competitions.
After a positive start to the season, Fulham’s form has dipped a touch and the Cottagers have claimed eight points in their last six. It could certainly be closer than those match result odds suggest, even if the overall form guide is pointing to an away win.
Cristiano Ronaldo starts as the favourite to open the scoring. The Portuguese international is quoted at 7/2 to find the net first, but it’s wise to check the starting XI to make sure he’s involved.
For Fulham, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been the main threat this season. The Serbian international striker has an impressive record of nine goals from 12 league games and he is quoted at best odds of 5/1 to open the scoring.
Manchester United dominate the top of this market with both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial available at 6/1. Behind the main strikers, Bruno Fernandes could be the man to watch at 15/2.
In other side bets, Both Teams to Score can be claimed for Sunday’s fixture at a general 8/15. Those who want to take the ‘no’ bet on BTTS can currently get best odds of 6/4.
Over in the Total Combined Goals section, a stake Over the 2.5 line will be paid at 4/7. If we push that up to Over 3.5 goals, the figure climbs to 31/20. Those who expect a dull 90 minutes could opt for Under 2.5 goals at 13/10.
That leaves us with a look at some Correct Score suggestions. Those who feel that the bookies are right to expect a comfortable away win could opt to take Fulham 1 Manchester United 3 at 14/1. A 2-1 victory for Fulham can also be backed at 14/1 while the 1-1 draw is quoted at best industry odds of 7/1.
Our FFC vs MUFC Preview’s Predictions & Picks Verdict
While Fulham enjoyed a week off, Man Utd were in League Cup action on Thursday. Their victory over Aston Villa provided revenge of sorts, but this was a much-changed United side and this preview shouldn’t read too much into that result.
There will need to be a response to last weekend’s defeat. Silverware is always welcome, but the main focus for Manchester United and their fans is to keep challenging in the league.
Fulham have taken points off Liverpool and Everton this season and they have tended to put away the weaker teams. Last weekend, they suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
The Cottagers can make it difficult for their opponents, but the feeling is that Manchester United can come through. If those odds on an away win look too short, we would suggest looking at the side bets instead.
Both Teams Not to Score looks to carry a good price at 6/4. Aleksandar Mitrovic is flying something of a lone flag for Fulham’s strikers and, if United can keep him quiet, they should keep a clean sheet.
The second tip is for Bruno Fernandes to score in 90 minutes. The Manchester United midfielder has been productive for us in the past and is available at best odds of 19/5 for an anytime goal.
- Both Teams to Score: Bet ‘no’ at +145 with BetOnline.
- Bruno Fernandes to score at any time at +275 with EveryGame.
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