To be played at Craven Cottage on Saturday 2nd November at 15:00.
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After winning two league games on the bounce, Fulham have had a pretty poor week after being outplayed and defeated by Southampton at St Mary’s, before being knocked out late on by Championship side Leicester City in a 4-3 thriller in the Capital One Cup. This is the start of a pretty difficult couple of fixtures for Fulham. They host the Champions before visiting high-flying Liverpool at Anfield next week. On the injury front manager Martin Jol could have defender Brede Hangeland who has had a nerve injury in his leg but will still be without striker Hugo Rodallega.
For Manchester United the picture is looking a little brighter for them – even if they are sitting eighth in the table, they have gone six games in all competitions without defeat, which included coming from behind to defeat Stoke last weekend and a comfortable 4-0 win against Norwich City to put them in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. Moyes will be eager to pick up a win this weekend to keep a semi-decent run going, plus there’s the added fact that several of the sides above them are playing each other this weekend. Moyes had his most prolific central defensive partnership playing in midweek in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, leaving Danny Welbeck and Darren Fletcher as his only absentees.
Darren Bent, Steve Sidwell and Pajtim Kasani are Fulham’s top scorers in the league with two goals each.
Robin Van Persie is Manchester United’s top scorer in the league with five goals.
Fulham’s last six: Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3
Manchester United’s last six: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2
Fulham’s home form: Played 4: Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 6
Manchester United’s form: Played 4: Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 7, Goals Against 7
Fulham had 34% possession in their last league match, a 2-0 away defeat against Southampton
Manchester United had 67% possession in their last league match, a 3-2 win home win against Stoke City.
Five players to watch
Hernandez scored a late winner for United against Stoke last weekend and managed to bag a brace in midweek against Norwich City. He is clearly a man in good form, so will David Moyes start him at Craven Cottage?
Berbatov is a very talented footballer, it’s just a question of which Berbatov will turn up? He could potentially give his former teammates nightmares if he brings his A game. And if he does, it could spell trouble for United.
Sidwell has been reported to have said he wants to be given the same kind of terms as fellow midfielder Scott Parker at the club after rejecting a new contract. A good performance against the Champions could go some way to proving to the club that he may have a point.
Robin Van Persie
All the talk so far this season has been how well his strike partner, Wayne Rooney, has been playing. But Van Persie is the club’s top scorer in the league and seems to be going about his business quietly. Will he put on a headline grabbing display this week?
There have been a couple of question marks over the form of Ferdinand so far this season, but having recovered from injury – and played in midweek against Norwich City, Ferdinand will be keen to rediscover his best form.
Last time they met
Fulham 0-1 Manchester United – Premier League February 2013
It was one of those wins when United just dug out the result they needed to keep up their pursuit of the title. However, the other memorable aspect about the game apart from the goal will have been the floodlight failure at Craven Cottage just before half-time. But United didn’t let that affect them on a night which could easily have left them frustrated, as Wayne Rooney latched onto a ball from Jonny Evans ball to slot home and give United all three points.
image: © Tom Cuppens