Fulham vs Manchester United preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, kick off time & prediction

19 January 2021 05:15

Manchester United head to Craven Cottage to take on relegation battlers Fulham on Wednesday as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The home side fell to a defeat against local rivals Chelsea at the weekend following five consecutive draws before that in the league, meaning they're still without a win since beating Leicester back in November.

United on the other hand rued two big missed chances against champions Liverpool as they drew 0-0 at Anfield, though maintained their record as the only team yet to lose away from home this season in the Premier League.


Where to watch

Craven Cottage is the venue for this Premier League clash | Pool/Getty Images

When is kick off? Wednesday 20 January
What time is kick off? 20:15 (GMT)
Where is it played? Craven Cottage
TV Channel/live stream? BT Sport 1 (UK), fuboTV (US)
Referee? Martin Atkinson


Team news

Scott Parker is without first choice left-back Antonee Robinson after his first half red card against Chelsea, but will welcome back Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was ineligible against his parent club.

Mario Lemina and Tom Cairney are ruled out of the game with knee injuries, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit again having picked up a knock against Queens Park Rangers.

For Manchester United, Solskjaer may consider resting three regular starters to avoid suspension. Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw and captain Harry Maguire are all one yellow card away from missing a game, but with the threshold rising to ten yellows after this game they could sit this one out.

Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek and Alex Telles could all come in for a start, while Marcus Rashford could be rested also.


Predicted lineups

Fulham: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo; Tete, Reed, Anguissa, Bryan; Cavaleiro, Loftus-Cheek, Decordova-Reid.

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Van de Beek, Martial; Cavani.


Recent results

United have been excellent defensively in recent weeks | Pool/Getty Images

Fulham

Fulham 0-1 Chelsea (16/1)
Tottenham 1-1 Fulham (13/1)
QPR 0-2 Fulham (9/1)
Fulham 0-0 Southampton (26/12)
Newcastle 1-1 Fulham (19/12)

Manchester United

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (17/1)
Burnley 0-1 Manchester United (12/1)
Manchester United 1-0 Watford (9/1)
Manchester United 0-2 Man City (6/1)
Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa (1/1)


Prediction

On paper this should be a routine win for the league leaders, but performances on the pitch mean this should be a well contested game.

Fulham have great pace on the counter attack which has been a problem for United in the past, while their strength in midfield will see them compete. Solskjaer's side have however shown an ability to control games recently, with the fine form of Paul Pogba a big reason for it.

The Red Devils' quality should see them claim all three points | Visionhaus/Getty Images

While Fulham have defended well, they have conceded goals and by trying to attack more they will leave themselves open to United's own counter attacking threat. With the quality of the Reds' attacking players, they should be able to find a way through the hosts and collect all three points.

Prediction: Fulham 0-2 Manchester United

Source: 90min