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Nic Ladds 6th Mar 2009 - 15:51

Rampant Rooney ready to rout Roy

Alex Ferguson's assault on five separate cups continues as his Manchester United travel to take on Fulham where they find themselves 10/11 favourites in the betting.

Fulham suffered a blow earlier this week with their last minute defeat to Hull and it will be interesting to see if this has a negative affect on the 16/5 shots.

Roy Hodgson's side were however very unlucky to lose and looked to be heading to yet draw, a result which they are all too familiar with and which can be backed at odds of 23/10.

While The Cottagers are draw specialists away, they are tough to break down at home, having held Chelsea and won their last five at home until Hull upset them against the run of play.

They will need to put their chance away however against a rampant Man Utd who having already won two, are going after unbelievable five trophies this season.

They played poorly but disposed of Newcastle 2-1 last time out and the same score line is available at odds of 7/1, with 1-0 at 11/2 or if you fancy them to give Fulham a real stuffing 4-0 can be backed at 40/1.

If Fulham are victorious then a narrow margin of victory is likely with 1-0 at 8/1 and 2-1 at 14/1. Or for a draw 1-1 is available at 11/2 with 0-0 17/2.

Ferguson will not want a draw and in turn a replay due to United's congested fixture list.

This could mean, although Fulham are hard to break down at home, United could be looking to wrap the game up early on which could make the highest scoring half being the first half at 2/1 appealing to some with the second half at 11/10.

As usual Man Utd are spoilt for choice up front and with Wayne Rooney making his return earlier this week and scoring, he will have his backers at 5/1 to score the first goal.

Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov are both also 5/1 while Cristiano Ronaldo is available at 4/1.

Ryan Giggs always seems to put in a match winning performance in cup games and whether he starts or just gets on later he will always carry a potent goal threat and could be the call at 11/4 to score anytime.

Fulham don't carry such a threat up front but if Andy Johnson is in the mood he can be lethal and is Fulham's best chance of scoring first at 8/1 with Bobby Zamora 9/1.

Danny Murphy is usually on set-piece responsibility and that could be The Cottagers best chance of finding a way through giving Murphy some appeal at 6/1 to score anytime.

Those looking for a double result may like Man Utd/Man Utd at 19/10 while draw/draw is 9/2 but a wager on Man Utd/draw could be the best at the prices at a generous looking 14/1.

There is no doubt United's congested fixture list is going to start taking its toll to an extent and they didn't play particularly well against Newcastle but still managed to win.

They may have one eye on the Champions League clash with Inter Milan next week but Fergie will not go in at half measures and even if some youngsters get a run out, they should have the quality to take down a solid but inconsistent Fulham side.

A replay is possible as Craven Cottage is a tough place to go but you get the feeling we will once again be seeing a narrow Man United victory and the five trophies still very much in Fergie's reach.

Man Utd to win 1-0 - 11/2
Wayne Rooney to score first - 5/1

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