Fulham v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 13, 2019
Craven Cottage - Premier League
Liverpool will relish the chance to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League as they travel to face relegation-threatened Fulham. Scott Parker may have taken over from Claudio Ranieri at Craven Cottage, but results haven't improved, and the home side may be in for a hammering on Sunday.
Fulham were defeated by two goals to nil on their trip to Anfield, managing just 27% of possession, as Mohammed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri hit the target for the Reds.
Parker has fielded the same XI in both of his games in charge but may be tempted to drop Ryan Babel for Jean-Michel Seri to provide a more defensive look to his side.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to ring the changes following a gruelling Wednesday evening game against Bayern Munich. Mohammed Salah is expected to start, but Divok Origi may well feature up-front for the away side.
Fulham v Liverpool Predictions and Previews
The best defence in the Premier League plays the worst on Sunday, as second from bottom Fulham face second from top Liverpool. With 17 clean sheets to their name , the away side could have scored no goals this season, and still be level on points with their hosts.
This is the size of the challenge facing Scott Parker, who was unable to shut out either of Chelsea or Leicester in his opening two games. The mood around Craven Cottage is that the club are very much now making preparations for next season, although this is a dire situation to be in having spent over £100 million over the summer.
Precisely what went wrong for the Cottagers is difficult to say, but a mass influx of new players disrupting squad harmony, not to mention the failure to bring in a Premier League standard defender are clearly factors. Aleksandar Mitrovic's form in the early season may have concealed the team's flaws to start with, but now the forward's goal have dried up, at just 3/1 on Sunday, so have any hopes of survival.
On the other hand, Liverpool go into the game with the added motivation of the opportunity to overtake Manchester City in the league table. A win would see the Reds open up a three point gap on their rivals, who are playing the FA Cup this weekend, piling on the phycological pressure that they themselves suffered in January.
The old argument of fatigue vs momentum may well be a factor for Klopp's side, who will have to make a decision on how many of Wedensday's starting XI will play. He may well think that a B-team can overcome Fulham, however, the criticism for failing to take this opportunity may encourage the boss to leave field a few of his stars from the onset.
Xherdan Shaqiri to score anytime at 3/2
The winger hasn't featured as heavily in the second half of the season, but should get a run out, with his lethal left-foot a potential weapon against a defensive Fulham side.
Liverpool to win to nil at 11/10
The away side's defence may have been breached uncommonly often in their last few games, but should be able to stand up to the test on Sunday.