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P.J. Murray 25th Mar 2012 - 20:45

Will United get Pavelled at Old Trafford?

Man City's slip up against Stoke has handed the incentive to Man United to open up a three point gap at the top of the table with a win against Fulham.

The Red Devils have not only eradicated a big points difference, they have also considerably closed the gap in terms of goal difference. This is something they will look to shorten even more, and a 5-0 win against Wolves last week proved they were capable of it.

The record books don't do Fulham many favours, the Cottagers have avoided defeat at Old Trafford only once in just under half a century, a damning statistic if ever there was one.

At ¼ there is no real value in backing the home side, it's hard to see them lose this game. Fulham are 11/1 to cause a shock and the draw is 9/2.

We have an enhanced Match Winner offer on this game, Man United to win to nil is 11/10, something that is real value.

At 10/3 I fancy the double result of Draw/Man Utd. Fulham are no pushovers and they can defend, but I would expect them to keep it tight for the first 45 minutes and hope to frustrate their opponents. But United can play the waiting game and could pick them off in the second half.

Fulham will score, the United defence isn't as solid as it should be and with Pavel Pogrebnyak lining up against them they will have their hands full. The Russian has scored five in five, although after a lightning fast start he has slowed down his scoring. He is 12/1 to open the scoring at Old Trafford and 5/1 to score anytime, something which would certainly tempt me into a bet.

Remember, Blackburn came here earlier on in the season and came away with an unlikely win. And if anyone is going to put in a Yakubu-esque performance it's going to be the Prog.

Wayne Rooney may be rested, the striker has been on fire, but with some big games coming up Alex may just give him a pat on the head, a well done son and opt for a differing frontline. Javier Hernandez could get the nod and the young Mexican will relish the chance to start, he is 3/1 to open the scoring and  8/11 to score anytime.

3-1 Man United seems to be a tempting scoreline at 10/1, a second half onslaught could easily overwhelm the Fulham side.

 
 
 

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