Man Utd v Fulham
Premier League. Kick-Off 3pm. Saturday 8th December.
A VISIT from bottom of the table Fulham might just be the pick-me-up that Jose Mourinho is looking for after his Manchester United slid to a fifth consecutive league match without a win on Wednesday night.
That 2-2 draw with Arsenal may have offered some hope to the Red Devils, however there's no getting away from the fact that they need to start picking up wins, and fast, if they're to target a top four finish this season. Mourinho's men find themselves in 8th place and eight points behind fourth placed Chelsea, not to mention a significantly poorer goal difference.
The good news for United is that they're unbeaten in 10 against Fulham (W8 D2) and the Cottagers' current plight doesn't suggest that record will improve on Saturday.
But there have been glimmers of hope for Claudio Ranieri's side in recent weeks. They've taken four points from the last nine; a defeat to Chelsea sandwiched between a draw with Leicester and victory over Southampton. However they've not won at Old Trafford since 2003.
888Sport make United overwhelming favourites at 33/100, whilst Fulham are 9/1 to spring a shock.
You couldn't be backing the home side with any great confidence, especially not at those prices, and on Wednesday it paid to look at alternative markets when I my tip of over Over 2.5 bookings for United landed before half-time.
United’s last five Premier League matches have seen 5.2 total yellow cards on average.Lee Probert is on the whistle for this one and he's averaged 3 yellows per game to date, as well as dishing out 2 reds in 7 league games so far.
Although this doesn't look like a fiery fixture Over 3.5 Cards looks a tad overpriced at 13/8.
As for the result itself, I can see United getting back to winning ways and given Fulham's poor defensive record there could be goals. United haven't been prolific by any means this season but they've scored two in each of their last two. 25 goals conceded is the worst record of any team outside the bottom five so don't discount a Fulham goal either.