Manchester United will be looking to reclaim Premier League top spot when they travel to Fulham on Wednesday evening.
United maintained their spot at the summit last time out with a hard fought 0-0 draw at Anfield, with bitter rivals and current champions Liverpool dropping to 4th as a result.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have since been leapfrogged at the top of the pile by Leicester City after the Foxes saw off Chelsea 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
Cross-town rivals Manchester City are also in a great position to pile the pressure on their Old Trafford counterparts if they can secure victory at home to a tricky Aston Villa side – doing so will send Pep Guardiola’s side in to first position – albeit temporarily if United can beat the Cottagers.
Such has been the meandering nature of this season so far, there is a chance we could see the league leaders change three times in a 24 hour period – although Manchester United will be hoping that is short-lived as they travel to West London.
Fulham have enjoyed better form of late but were beaten in their last Premier League game against Chelsea, ending a run of 5 consecutive top flight draws.
Scott Parker has seen his side play with added vigour recently and no doubt will feel slightly more confident in facing the 20-time champions.
Antonee Robinson will be absent for the game at Craven Cottage though, with the defender’s red card last time out Fulham’s third dismissal of the season – no side has had more.
On the injury front, Mario Lemina, Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo are all unavailable.
Manchester United meanwhile have a relatively clean bill of health to choose from, with only Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams definite absentees.
Bruno Fernandes has been a revelation since his arrival at Old Trafford 12 months ago but has looked a little leggy recently – it remains to be seen whether United boss Solskjaer rests the Portuguese at Craven Cottage.
Fulham v Manchester United is an 8pm kick off on Wednesday, 20th January.