Manchester United will look to continue the strong start to their season as they visit Fulham this Sunday. Kick off is at 11:00 AM EST at Craven Cottage. After a 0-0 draw against Bolton, Fulham will looking to break into the scoring column for the first time this season. Currently 14th in the standings, Fulham has a tough task ahead of them this Sunday. Although they do have some gifted attackers, including the United States’ own Clint Dempsey, they will be facing one of the top defenses in the league. Having made so significant additions to their attack in the offseason, Fulham looks to continue their offensive struggles this season. They scored only 39 goals while allowing 46 in 38 league games last season, and the current roster does not offer any reason for this trend to change. Although a solid defensive team, they will be up against one of the top attacking teams in the Premiership, and it is unlikely that they will have the same success defensively this Sunday that they did last week against Bolton.
United will be looking to continue their Premiership dominance and should not face any serious opposition this weekend. Fulham’s clean sheet to open the season should be taken in the proper perspective. Although they held the opposition to no goals, they did so against Bolton, a team that is at best average on the attack. United has much more power on the attack, and should once again create plenty of solid goal-scoring opportunities. The fact that Fulham was held scoreless should also be looked at, especially considering that they were held scoreless by Bolton, who had one of the worst goals against totals last season. Fulham should not present any real threats to the United defense or present any serious obstacles for the United offense.
A look at recent history could make this match seem very interesting to betters, especially with Fulham playing at home. While Manchester United is a clear favorite going into Sunday’s match, Fulham is a team than has come up with unexpected results and has been at times been surprisingly successful against top-tier clubs. This was seen in last season’s Europa Cup, where Fulham made it all the way to the championship against Atletico Madrid, where they lost 2-1 in overtime. This positive impression of Fulham is compounded by last season’s shocking 3-0 victory over United. However, these results are more of an aberration for Fulham and should not be mistaken as their normal performance. Betters should be careful to not put too much stock in these results. While betters should expect a solid performance from Fulham, Manchester United should still impose their dominance on Sunday and leave Craven Cottage with their second victory of the season.
Bodog and Bookmaker have Manchester United at -1 going into Sunday’s game, with the total at 2½. With Fulham playing at home, the over has great value in this game. Also, Fulham at +1 offers good value for betters, as the home crowd should inspire Fulham to keep it close. The draw also has decent value for this match. Bodog has the draw at +275, while Bookmaker has it at +270.