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Betting Tip: United to struggle against the Cottagers

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Injury problems continue to dog United and this Saturday’s trip to Fulham could be trickier than Betfair layers predict – the champions trade at 1.56 (4-7) for the win.

The Cottagers have produced some tidy and effective football this year, suffering just two defeats at home with Liverpool among their victims. Only Chelsea and Arsenal can claim league wins at the Thames-side fortress and it’s now four Premier League games unbeaten for Roy Hodgson’s men.

So, it’s unlikely to be a walk in the park for Sir Alex and co., especially with Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher lined up to fill in at the back again. Wolves may have been shut out but Fulham will test the back four a little more than Wanderers’ reserves.

Given United’s defensive issues it’s a surprise to see over 2.5 goals trade above odds-on and that is the main selection. Fulham may not be free-scoring but they’re usually good for one or two goals while United aren’t too bad at finding the back of the net…

Only Chelsea have beaten Fulham by more than one goal this year and there’s little to suggest this won’t be a tight affair. Yet most of the markets point to Reds’ dominance. A small lay of United on the Asian handicap market -1&1.5 at odds of 1.92 (10-11) will mean a winning bet for you should the Reds win by a solitary goal or fail to win at all. Granted, it’s not the most loyal bet for a United fan to make but a winner is a winner…

As for individuals on the pitch, Anotonio Valencia has hit stride in recent weeks with goals against West Ham and Wolves. He could figure again and a price around 4 (3-1) may reward a tentative bet.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool look short at 1.62 (5-8) to win at Portsmouth. Avram Grant’s charges have shown improved form in recent weeks, giving Chelsea a scare in midweek to prove that the players are still on side despite the club’s financial troubles. The new manager still has time to work things out while Liverpool were hardly convincing against Wigan. A lay of Benitez’s boys could be the shrewdest bet of the weekend.

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  1. 16 says:

    its gonna be a tough one today but hopefully we’ll manage to get our three points! lets get stuck in reds and try not to do some silly mistakes! U.N.I.T.E.D!

  2. Mclovin7 says:

    they just have to keep focused at the back the lads have done a decent job so far that have been there. It will be the 4-5-1 again

  3. unitedrant says:

    Way to go with the usual optimism Scott ;)

  4. Red Army says:


    So there will be no creativity then.

    I’ll take 1-0 easy. I have put £15 on West Ham to hold Chelsea to a 1-1.

    Hopefully Chelsea do drop points so I can get my son one last present for Crimbo.

  5. radzio says:

    If you can’t watch this game you can try free Live Streams

  6. cwelsh68 says:

    Anyone know how i can somehow swap home tickets for away tickets for today? Me wife got me some tickets for my birthday but she didn’t know what stand to get and I’m stuck in the Riverside stand, any suggestions?

  7. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    United 8-0 winners
    come on west ham
    happy Christmas

  8. Tre says:

    As long as Scholes doesn’t swat at the ball within the first 10 minutes…Ought to be a tough game, but it will also be a fun one to see.

  9. waynerooney says:

    Its a few weeks befor the transfer window opens and we need to buy if we are to win the league, champions league and every other trophy lying around. anyone who doubts that is drunk off their own naivety!!! this season we no longer have that X factor teams are no longer afraid of us. The commitment, the passion and the hard work is there. dont get me wrong, am not saying, we have quality players we do but they dont seem to come to the party all the time. I would love to see Owen get a decent run of games but that is impossible because he has to be managed well if he is to last the whole season. Rooney is trying a bit too hard, it no longer just flows the way it used to before he turned 21. Back then he did not think he just played but he is still our top player the defence has no problem it is in attack. Berbatov is more of a playmaker like rooney is. if you watch past videos of him at spurs u will understand. the game used to flow through him and at united there are too many players to create.
    Bottom line we need a lethal weapon we can depend on, the next questio is who? the criteria is simple, it has to be someone with experience (as we already have an abundance of young talent), creative and can change games (somthing in the vein of david silva, arshavin,joe cole,modric). someone who is proven!!!sergio aguero is not an option, i watch la liga and he is progressing but not consistent, the last option for me would be david silva, he has a great footballing brain, passes well, can finish, handles aggressive tactics well and has experience at the highest level champions league, world cup etc. thats what it will take, if you have other suggestions they are more than welcome but fact is we need an x factor and we need to buy.

  10. Fred says:

    Good tip! :-O

  11. King Eric says:

    waynerooney – ……………………..and if David Silva doesn’t “cut it” in England?

  12. King Eric says:

    “experience of HIGHEST LEVEL of Champions League”??

  13. waynerooney says:

    yeah champions league, this is a good determining factor because then you know a player has faced the different types of opposition and of the best quality and so has a greater chance of re-adjusting himself to a different footballing enviorment.


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