Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, the Red Devils have managed to turn their season around and are currently breathing down Chelsea’s neck for a fourth-place spot on the EPL log standings.
This weekend, United travel away in search of three points against Fulham who have had a poor campaign so far.
Former Santos midfielder, David Mabeta got in on the fixtures that will be live this weekend and gave us his predictions. Do you agree with Mabeta?
Fulham v Manchester United (English Premier League)
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League Rankings: Fulham 19th & Manchester United 5th
Useful facts: Having recorded a key victory against Leicester City over the weekend, Manchester United are breathing down Chelsea’s neck for that fourth spot, which makes this encounter against Fulham this Saturday all the more important. Judging by the Red Devils’ resurgent form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, this should be a comfortable victory for the visitors against opposition that has really been poor this season. Fulham are deep in relegation trouble and are in need of points, but perhaps one can say they meet Man United at the wrong time. They have conceded 55 goals, by far the most in the league, while scoring only 25 in 25 league matches. The big question is: how will they manage to stop a Man United side that has scored 49 from the same number of games and only lost five games so far this season? Tough ask.
David Mabeta: Manchester United win
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid (LaLiga)
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League Rankings: Atletico Madrid 2nd & Real Madrid 3rd
Useful facts: This promises to be one of those classic Madrid derbies, especially when one casts a glance at the league table – call it delicately poised! Only two points separate the two sides and this could be enough to give Real Madrid the motivation to sweat blood for the three points as the second round of the season gains momentum. That this game comes on the back of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Barcelona makes it all the more difficult for Santiago Solari’s side, as they fight on several fronts. However, the bookmakers seem to have their money on the home side and it’s not difficult to see why. Atletico Madrid have only conceded 14 goals in 22 league games – the best defensive record in the league – and it could be a frustrating day in the office for the Los Blancos attack. They also have only lost two so far, the joint-lowest number of losses alongside log leaders Barcelona. With six points separating Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on the log standings, three points will really go a long way for Diego Simeone’s side. The last time the two giants met, in September last year, the match ended goalless.
David Mabeta: Atletico Madrid win
Free State Stars v Chippa United (Premier Soccer League)
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League Rankings: Free State Stars 15th & Chippa United 14th
Useful facts: Free State Stars have not been in action since being bundled out of the cup competition by minnows Richards Bay FC, having had their game against Polokwane City postponed over the weekend postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. They will, therefore, be the fresher of the two sides and should have no excuses for not collecting maximum points against a Chippa United side that laboured to a 1-1 draw against Baroka FC last Sunday, thanks to an own goal. However, there is no “therefore” in football and anyone who takes their chances on the day will do their chances of survival a huge favour. Clinton Larsen has done a sterling job since taking charge of the Chilli Boys and all the pressure will be on Nikola Kavazović to prove his team can do better than the showing they put on in the cup.
David Mabeta: Draw