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Man United to keep struggling Fulham at arms length in 2-0 win

| 07.02.2014

A rather large marker was laid down by Liverpool in the race for participation in next season’s Champions League, leaving them 10 points ahead of Manchester United. Now, David Moyes’ men have the chance to respond.

Fulham make the trip north to Old Trafford sat five points adrift of safety and in last place in the Premier League, so it’s no surprise to see United priced as the heavy favourites for the match.

Ladbrokes price Wayne Rooney and co at 2/9 to win the game, with the draw at 11/2 and the returning Rene Meulensteen a very lengthy 14/1 shot to pick up a win.

However, there are more than a few reasons why a punt on a 2-0 home win, at 11/2, should be the way to go for your post-roast flutter.

Firstly, Fulham have been sent packing with zero points in seven consecutive meetings with the Old Trafford club, last picking up a win nine games ago in 2009.

In the past, generally, United have flexed their superior footballing muscles over the Cottagers, scoring at least twice in all but two of that winning run, but this is a different Man United.

This season, Moyes’ version of the defending champions have only won a league outing by a margin of more than two goals twice, highlighting a season of struggles that leaves them playing catch up in the race for the top four.

So, despite Fulham’s own troubles, a tanned behind is likely to avoid them when they arrive in Manchester, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to score.

They haven’t found the back of the net in their last three matches, as well as in three straight away games, and what’s more, they’ve lost the last two of those road trips by a 2-0 score line.

At home, United have also discovered an affinity with a 2-0 score, registering it in their last two games in front of their own fans.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.