Man Utd v Fulham
Manchester United -1.5 (Asian Handicap)
I think there is a going to be a really positive reaction by Manchester United to their performance against Everton on Monday night and that does not bode well for Fulham who have rarely enjoyed success travelling to this ground, and especially not in recent seasons.
Last season the game ended 1-0 to United, but that was down to the tension they were feeling with the title race hotting up and that has been the most uncomfortable they have been in their last 8 wins against Fulham.
I was torn between two picks, one being United to cover the Asian Handicap and the other being United to win to nil.
However, the defensive injuries have inspired me to go with the former and I'll look for United to show a more positive attacking performance and take the game to Fulham.
Before last season, United had beaten Fulham by at least 2 goals in 6 straight games at Old Trafford, including times when Fulham actually got on the scoreboard. With the goal difference loss of the title on United's minds from last season, they are unlikely to stroll through games as they had a tendency to do at times last season.
I don't want to under-estimate Fulham, but they are not the same team on their travels as they are at Craven Cottage and they have a number of new faces that may just be overawed by this first away game when they will be under pressure for much of the game.
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