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Betting preview: Manchester United vs Fulham

Manchester United host Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-finals this week, as both clubs look to book a place in a Wembley semi-final.

Ahead of their meeting at Old Trafford on Sunday, we preview the bookmakers’ best odds for the game.

Full Time Result

Manchester United – 9/4

Draw – 7/2

Fulham – 6/1

It’s just one defeat in 15 games across all competitions for Manchester United, a run which has included League Cup success and progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League. The Red Devils will begin as strong favourites against a Fulham side who have a poor record in this fixture.

Fulham have not beaten Manchester United in the last 15 meetings in all competitions, losing 12 of those fixtures. Their last win against United came in December 2009, while the Cottagers have not won at Old Trafford since the 2003/04 season.

Fulham are also without a win in three Premier League fixtures, though did beat Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round to reach this stage during that run.

Another option is to try the handicap market where you can predict that Man United will win by more than one goal for example. These handicaps are very commonly used in football betting, but they are also used in all kinds of sports, from horseracing to Olympic betting.

Game to be decided in Extra Time

Yes – 7/1

No – 1/12

Game to be decided after penalties

Yes – 8/1

No – 1/14

Both Teams to Score

Yes – 4/5

No – 19/20

Six of the last seven meetings between the teams have seen both sides on the scoresheet, including Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Craven Cottage in the Premier League in November.

Fulham’s underlying statistics also point to goals at both ends of the pitch. Marco Silva’s side rank ninth in the Premier League for xG this season, with only Brighton, Newcastle and Brentford outperforming the Cottagers of non-Big Six clubs.

However, despite their impressive position in the table, Fulham rank 20th for xGA, conceding more ‘good chances’ than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.

First Goalscorer

Marcus Rashford – 10/3

Anthony Martial – 9/2

Wout Weghorst – 5/1

Bruno Fernandes-  11/2

Aleksandar Mitrovic – 7/1

Marcus Rashford heads the goalscoring betting following his phenomenal form since the season’s restart. Rashford has now scored 27 goals in all competitions during what has been the most productive season of his career to date and continued his rich vein of form with the winner at Real Betis in midweek.

He has ten in 12 league appearances since returning from the World Cup and is the Europa League’s top scorer on six goals. He is 10/3 odds to open the scoring at Old Trafford.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (7/1) is the best price Fulham player to open the scoring, while those who favour a more ambitious flutter could opt for a familiar face to net against their former side. Andreas Pereira (18/1) and Daniel James (20/1) will return to Old Trafford as Fulham players this weekend. Manor Solomon – who has scored five goals in his last six appearances for Fulham – is 20/1.

Player Card

Fulham have been regulars in the notebook of referees this season, collecting more yellow cards than any other side in the Premier League.

Joao Palhinha leads the Premier League for tackles won (58) this season, but also tops the charts for yellow cards (10) alongside Newcastle’s Joelinton and Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure. Andreas Pereira (7), Aleksandar Mitrovic (7) and Bobby Decordova-Reid (7) have also picked up a large number of cautions and might be worth a punt on the Player Card market.

Lisandro Martinez (6) and Scott McTominay (6) are Manchester United’s most booked players this season, with the latter having reached that total in just seven Premier League starts. He could be an option if selected this weekend, with Casemiro suspended.

Read – Five talking points ahead of the FA Cup action

Read Also – Six talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend

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