If you were told before the Premier League season that Manchester United were four points ahead of Fulham in the standings, you might think that the Cottagers had gotten off to a very good start.
Instead, of course, it is United that have started quite slowly this season, currently eighth on the table.
Meanwhile, Fulham have been pretty strong at home, with seven of their 10 points coming at Craven Cottage this season. They'll look to take advantage of a United defense that hasn't looked terribly strong this season and earn at least a point at home.
When: Saturday, November 2 at 11 a.m. ET (3 p.m. GMT)
Where: Craven Cottage, London, England
Watch: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds: Manchester United (56 percent), Fulham (21.2 percent) and draw (22.7 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports
You could argue, after a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Old Trafford on October 19, that all of the panic surrounding Manchester United was justified. At that point, the team had taken just four points from their past four Premier matches and won just two of their past five matches in all competitions.
But United have now won three straight, beating Real Sociedad 1-0 in the Champions League, overcoming two deficits to beat Stoke City 3-2 in the Premier League—of course, conceding two goals to a pretty tame Stoke attack is its own cause for concern—and annihilating Norwich City in the Capital One Cup, 4-0.
Is all right again with United? They're probably not quite out of the woods just yet. Expect the questions to persist about whether David Moyes is the right man for the job. But at least they've gotten themselves back on track.
Fulham will have to recover from the sting of being eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Leicester City, as Lloyd Dyer's 89th-minute goal was the final blow for the Cottagers in a 4-3 defeat and a devastating development after Giorgos Karagounis had just equalized in the 87th minute.
If they don't shake off the disappointment from that defeat quickly, they'll get steamrolled by United.
Fulham have had far more trouble scoring (five goals) in Premier League play than playing defense (nine goals allowed), but it's hard to imagine them keeping Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie off the board.
The Red Devils have erupted for seven goals in their past two matches, so scoring shouldn't be an issue. But after giving up two goals to Stoke last weekend, the defense remains a concern.
In the end, however, talent will prevail and United will earn the road victory, 3-1.