Manchester United briefly returned to the summit of the Premier League on Sunday, but were knocked back to 2nd when neighbours City overcame Arsenal later that day. With another away trip up next for the reigning Champions, what can they expect from the visit to West London and hosts Fulham?
Manchester United Away Form.
The reigning Champions may have been humbled at home by rivals City, but that remains the only defeat that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have suffered. Away from home, they remain unbeaten with six wins and two draws from their 8 road trips.
The stand-out feature of United’s away form, has however, been the scorelines. Having just overcome QPR 2-0, the Red Devils had recorded three 1-0 away wins in a row, against Everton, Swansea and Aston Villa. Draws at both Liverpool and Stoke ended 1-1, so a best Under 2.5 price of 10/11 at William Hill also looks solid value.
Fulham boast a solid defensive record, having conceded just 9 at home all season, on par with sides in the top 6. Goal scoring has been harder however, and apart from a 6-0 thrashing of QPR, the Cottagers have mustered only 8 further goals at home. Another indicator of a tight affair.
A United win is priced up as short as 1.65 but better value can be sought from investigating the Ladbrokes ‘Quatro’ bet, or ‘dutching’ the correct scores of 1-0 and 2-0 to United. Fulham are a tough nut to crack at home, but United keep finding a way to win on the road. The loss of Vidic is a blow, but Johnny Evans was an able deputy at QPR, and Fulham do not possess an attack that will unduly worry the visitors.
The Under 2.5 goals market is tempting, particularly Hills price of 10/11, and this is another strong option for this clash.