Despite Manchester United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they still look somewhat shaky at the back and are yet to keep a home clean sheet in the league under the Norwegian. United have also failed to keep a clean sheet in any home league win this season, with only Crystal Palace failing to score at Old Trafford in a drab 0-0 draw.
That could and should change on Tuesday night.
Burnley have been much improved in recent weeks (despite the 5-0 tanking in the FA Cup by Man City) and have eased fears of relegation with 10 points from their last four games. But the Clarets lack the firepower to hurt United on their own patch.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof look like United’s best centre-half partnership and, with both now fit and free of suspension, United should be that bit harder to score against.
David De Gea seems back to his absolute best and he will be desperate to record a home clean sheet for the first time since November.
Verdict: United to keep a clean sheet @ 5/6
West Ham and Wolves have both been consistently ‘inconsistent’ since Christmas, with both going from the ridiculous to the sublime on a weekly basis, as their weekend FA Cups proved.
Wolves’ home win over Leicester was their first league victory at Molineux since mid-December, while West Ham seem to have regressed since making it five wins out of six against Southampton on Boxing Day.
Both sides also put in below-par performances in the FA Cup against League One opposition at the weekend, with Wolves rescuing a late draw away to Shrewsbury and West Ham bowing out at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.
The two performances were baffling given that both clubs are ideally placed to go on a Cup run, with nothing much to play for in the league.
Back to the matter at hand, however, and Wolves should just edge this one. They won the reverse fixture courtesy of a late Adama Traore strike and could do something similar on Tuesday.
It should be close, but West Ham’s last three away games have been underwhelming two-goal defeats and that makes us side with the home team, just.
Verdict: Wolves to win @ evens
This game is crucial to Fulham’s survival hopes after they threw away one-goal leads to lose to both Burnley and Tottenham in recent weeks.
The gap between Fulham and 17th continues to grow and it is crucial that they win here, if they have serious ambitions of rescuing themselves.
Cardiff, Newcastle and Burnley all have difficult fixtures and are likely to drop points, so Fulham really could do with three points against Brighton.
It won’t be easy as Brighton prove time and time again that are extremely difficult to beat. Chris Hughton’s charges are well drilled and have proved a tough nut to crack for Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks, even if they were on the wrong side of narrow one-goal defeats.
Fulham do have the capacity to score goals though, and if they can keep things tight at the back, they might just grab themselves three invaluable points and make the gap between themselves and safety that bit narrower.
Fulham’s need for a win is far greater than Brighton’s and that could make all the difference.
Verdict: Fulham to win @ 13/10
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