Bet on in-form Hernandez to double up for Man Utd at Fulham
After a distinctly disappointing start to his Old Trafford career things are finally starting to look rosy for Manchester Utd manager David Moyes.
The Scot’s Red Devils have managed to rack up three victories on the spin for the first time since he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson and were mightily impressive in their 4-0 Capital One Cup dismantling of Norwich.
Next up in the Premier League is a trip to west London to face a Fulham side struggling to force themselves clear of the drop zone in 14th place with 10 points from the first nine games of this campaign.
Their beleaguered coach Martin Jol needs a positive result at Craven Cottage to convince Fulham fans and new owner Shahid Khan that he is the man to steer the club – who have avoided relegation since Jean Tigana brought them up to the top flight in 2001 – to safety once more.
However, a 4-3 Capital One Cup loss at Championship side Leicester does not bode well for the visit of the Premier League champions and the 8/13 about United leaving the capital with all three points could well be the standout bet of the weekend.
Javier Hernandez made a mockery of the ‘super-sub’ soubriquet constantly bestowed upon him against the Canaries with his second and third goals in 86 minutes of football after also grabbing a priceless winner against Stoke last time out in the league.
Reports in today’s papers suggest that Robin van Persie is at odds with his coach after being forced to play through the pain barrier at times this season.
The Dutch striker has been troubled by injuries and has not got near the form that saw him take the Premier League top-scorer gong in the last two campaigns.
Van Persie is thought to be demanding a substantial rest before United take on his former club Arsenal next month and with Hernandez in such good form he could get his wish against the Cottagers.
The Guadalajara native they call ‘Chicharito’ is evens to score at any time against Fulham, but if he starts the 5/1 about the former Chivas striking doubling up for the second time in a week looks a tasty wager.
Considering Chicharito bagged a brace against Jol’s men in an FA Cup tie less than a year ago this punt has twice the appeal.
That 4-1 victory at Old Trafford was the second clash between the sides in 2012/13 that produced exactly five goals.
Neither team has shown the sort of form in front of goal this term to suggest a similar scoreline is on the cards here.
However, all of United’s away games in the Premier League bar one this season have seen at least three efforts hit the back of the net and over 2.5 goals in the match – which is also available at 8/13 – looks practically guaranteed here.