Fulham vs Manchester United Betting: Martial The Man To Back

Man Utd HT/FT15/2Paddy Power
Martial Anytime Goalscorer5/4Sport Nation

It might not have been the prettiest of performances by Manchester United when they beat Leicester City a goal to nil, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players, once again, did the job that was needed to be done.

The Red Devils have enjoyed nine wins from 10 under the Norwegian so far and travel to Craven Cottage in high spirits. Fulham, on the other hand, are struggling this season and are well in the mix to be relegated down to the Championship.

With one eye on the midweek Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, it is important for United's players to remain focussed game by game and treat every opponent with respect. It only takes one slip up to hinder the good progress they have made.

Here are our predictions on the game.

Manchester United to Win HT/FT

Somewhat surprisingly, given the way the season began, Manchester United have been winning at both half time and full time in six of their last eight Premier League matches.

The Red Devils have come out of the blocks firing under their caretaker manager and look hungrier than ever to take the game to the opposition. When before they might have sat back and waited for their opponents to make a mistake, they are now forcing those errors through their own attacking game plan.

There is bound to be some rotation with the European tie against PSG coming up next, but United should have enough in the tank and quality on the field to put Fulham to bed early on.

Claudio Ranieri has struggled to have a managerial bounce that new coaches usually feel when first taking on the job and finds his side seven points away from safety. Fulham have conceded first in two of their previous three Premier League matches, as well as squandering a lead to Tottenham at home in the other.

Paddy Power price Manchester United at 7/5 to be winning at both half time and full time – a selection that looks set to come in.

Back Anthony Martial to Score

After penning his new contract until 2024, Anthony Martial will be itching to start his next game and show the away fans his best.

The France international has struggled with a few niggling injuries in recent weeks, and so has been featuring from the bench, but is reportedly back in contention to start the away fixture.

With the Parisian giants just around the corner, it is important that Solskjaer has Martial up to match speed and with the confidence to go and make a difference.

Martial’s last Premier League goal came against Cardiff on the Norwegian’s first game in charge, but he has been at the heart of most attacking plays and is frightening with the ball at his feet. A goal is just what the Frenchman will be after when entering a period of difficult fixtures approaching in February.

There is no doubting Martial’s ability, but some fans want to see his excellence on show week in, week out. The 23-year-old is effervescent when faced with a defender opposite him in a one-on-one situation but needs to fire at goal on a more regular basis.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been among the goals and now it is time for Martial to replicate their efforts. The former Golden Boy has shown his goal-scoring ability this season with his 10 goals in all competitions and will want to add to that tally against Fulham.

Martial is 5/4 with Paddy Power to score at any time throughout the match, while Coral offer odds of 4/1 to be the first player to find the back of the net.

Bet on Over 2.5 goals

Manchester United have seldom been shy in the goals department since the arrival of Solskjaer in the dugout and will feel primed with the opportunity to inflict damage on a vulnerable defence.

Fulham have conceded a league-high 55 goals in 25 matches, averaging a deficit of 2.2 goals per-90 minutes. It is a sorry record that has yet to improve under the Italian's influence, having seen at least two goals fly in throughout their last six appearances in all competitions.

Even with United’s rotation, there are players – such as Romelu Lukaku – who will be eager to please and show that he should be the club’s first choice striker, especially after being usurped by Rashford.

While there have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man United’s last three away domestic matches, this is the perfect opportunity to let loose and run riot on a sorry looking Fulham side. Solskjaer is not the type of manager to take things easy on his opposition given he is fighting for the full time job come the end of the season.

This match is given odds of 6/5 with Bet365 to see over 2.5 goals, while Ladbrokes price over 3.5 goals at 31/20.