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  • December 21, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 25700
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Premier League Preview: Fulham v Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will be out to record another victory on their Premier League travels this term as they aim to maintain the pressure on City at the top of the table


PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Stockdale
Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, JA Riise
Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey
Johnson, Dembele

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani
Rooney, Hernandez

Fulham boss Martin Jol could be set to name an unchanged lineup following his team's impressive 2-0 home win against Bolton at the weekend. Bobby Zamora could well have to settle for a place on the bench once more, even if he recovers from a knee knock.

David Stockdale will again deputise for regular first-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who is still five weeks away from a return, while long-term injury victim Zdenek Grygera misses out.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will again have to do without the services of long-term absentees Anderson, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher as well Tom Cleverley, Michael Owen and Fabio. Right-back Rafael could well feature after an injury lay-off.

The visitors are likely to keep the number of changes to a minimum but could well opt to recall Javier Hernandez in place of Danny Welbeck. Phil Jones is again likely to partner Michael Carrick in the heart of midfield.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham have only won four of their last 16 Premier League matches so far this season, drawing six and losing the other six.
  • They have managed to find the back of the net in each of their last seven Premier League matches.
  • The Cottagers last home win against Sir Alex's side was back in the 2009/10 season, when they beat them 3-0.
  • Smalling (pictured right) only made 19 appearances for Fulham before he completed his £10 million to Manchester United in 2010.
  • Manchester United have won their last four Premier League away matches, all without conceding a goal.
  • United have won seven of their last 22 Premier League games in London.
  • The Red Devils have only conceded three goals so far this season in their eight away league matches.
  • United’s top league goalscorer is Rooney, who took his tally to 12 Premier League goals with his goal against QPR at the weekend.
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Players to watch

B. Ruiz

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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After a slow start, the former FC Twente attacker is starting to find his feet in English football. He netted a fine goal in Fulham’s 2-0 win against Bolton and will be keen to impress against the current Premier League champions. Ruiz provides the Cottagers with some much needed guile which could prove troublesome for United’s back line.

P. Jones

Position: Defender

Games: 4

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The swashbuckling youngster has arguably been Manchester United’s standout player this season. After initially playing as a centre-back and right-back, Jones has moved forward due to United’s injury crisis to play in central midfield. His movement and drive has handed Sir Alex Ferguson some energy in the middle of the park.

Editor's Prediction

Fulham are usually tough to beat at home and go into the game full of confidence after winning their last two league matches at Craven Cottage. However, players such as Nani, Antonio Valencia and Rooney look to be hitting form, and United should have too much going forward.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Fulham

Manchester United

Wins
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4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
Draw
Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
27%
69%

Top 3 Predictions

Fulham FC FUL
2 - 1
Manchester United FC MNU
Fulham FC FUL
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MNU
Fulham FC FUL
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MNU

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