Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney can continue his assault on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 42 goals in a season record this Sunday as the Red Devils face Roy Hodgson’s Fulham.
Rooney is in extraordinary form for the Old Trafford side. He bagged another brace in Wednesday’s 4-0 mauling of David Beckham’s AC Milan in the Champions League.
The former Everton forward now has 30 goals in total for the season from 37 outings so far, and with a possible 14 games left to play in 2009/10, he could well run his ex-teammate Ronaldo’s unbelievable record close.
If he is to beginning catching the Portuguese’s 2007/8 tally, he will have few better chances at home to Fulham, who have one of the worst away records in the top flight.
Rooney, who is now being touted as a future captain of his country, is the strong favourite to get off the mark in this weekend’s encounter at 11/4 with Sky Bet.
The Cottagers return to England after a tough European assignment against Italian giants Juventus on Thursday evening.
Despite going 2-0 down and then reducing the deficit after Dickson Etuhu’s flukey effort, the Craven Cottage side conceded another with the very last touch of the first 45 minutes.
And although they rallied at moments during the second period, they were unable to make the tie more even going into the return game as it finished 3-1 to Juve.
Fulham boss Hodgson however, felt that his players still have a chance of clawing their way through to the next round of the Europa League.
He said: "We showed for large parts of the game we were more than capable of matching them, but they have quality.
"That was most evident of all in the fact that from very few possibilities, they have managed to put three in the back of the net.
"We had more situations around their goal than they had but they scored three and that’s due to the quality players that they have."