Fulham v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 17/03/19
Football specialist James O’Rourke (@JamesOR1) previews Fulham v Liverpool and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Fulham v Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 17/03/19
- Time: 14:15
- Venue: Craven Cottage
- Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
On the back of a memorable night in Munich, Liverpool switch their attentions back to the battle with Manchester City for the Premier League crown. It is destination Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon as they look to defeat a Fulham side that are only a few games away from being mathematically relegated back to the Championship. Jurgen Klopp might look to shuffle his pack, but it is a match that they cannot, and will not, take lightly. One factor that offers some minor hope to Fulham is that Liverpool have only won once of their last five Premier League away matches. That is a run however will includes opponents such as Man City, Man City and Merseyside rivals Everton. Fulham are on a six-game losing run, and have only tasted three points on four occasions this season. With quotes of 11/1 on Fulham winning at home, it reflects the task in hand for caretaker boss Scott Parker. The reality is that this is a more important game for Liverpool in terms of having something to play for.
Fulham will still be missing Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson due to long-term injuries, but it is hoped that Andre Schurrle can shake off an illness which has prevented him from featuring in the last few games. After making a scoring appearance off the bench in the away loss to Leicester, Floyd Ayite is backed to come into Scott Parker’s starting eleven, in what is anticipated to be the only change.
Liverpool were sweating on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold prior to the midweek clash in Munich, but he was deemed fit enough to start the game. James Milner and Dejan Lovren both returned to the squad, but Naby Keita is a doubt for this weekend after he did not travel due to a minor issue. Klopp however is likely to utilise his squad and make a change or two for the clash at Craven Cottage, an important game but one which they should be winning. After a great result on Wednesday, and a big physical effort, it remains to be seen how much/if any rotation that Klopp carries out. Jordan Henderson limped off early in that clash and is a major doubt.
Fulham Starting XI: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald, Babel, Cairney, Ayite, Mitrovic.
Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Origi.
Head To Head
- It was a comfortable 2-0 success for Liverpool at Anfield when these two sides met earlier in the season. Goals in each half from Salah and Shaqiri proving the difference.
- Liverpool have won the last five meetings between the two teams, although there has been a three-year gap between the fourth and fifth games due to Fulham participating in the Championship.
- Fulham did manage to achieve the double over the Reds in the 2011/12 campaign, both winning 1-0.
- Liverpool have emerged victorious in five of their last seven trips to Craven Cottage. On the last three occasions they have won, they’ve scored a combined eleven goals.
- Head To Head Record: Fulham 12, Liverpool 40, Draw 16.
Key Stats & Facts
- Fulham are on a six-game losing run. In fact, they’ve lost ten of their previous eleven in all competitions, including a home loss to League Two Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup, although they did manage to defeat Brighton in January. That was only one of four Premier League wins they’ve achieved all season.
- Fifteen of the 17 points accumulated by Fulham so far have come at Craven Cottage. However, it is a home record which only betters that of Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town. Fulham have by far the worst defensive record in the Premier League, and have only scored more than Cardiff City and Huddersfield.
- Liverpool on the flip side have the best defensive record in the English top flight, and only league leaders Manchester City have scored more. Also, only Spurs have a stronger record on the road than the red team on Merseyside.
- A concern for Jurgen Klopp is that his team have won only once in their last five away Premier League matches. A slender win at Brighton has been separated by draws to Everton, Manchester United and West Ham, as well as a loss to Man City. 1-1 is actually the most popular away result for Liverpool in the league this season. That is also the most popular result in Fulham home matches.
- Fulham 11/1
- Draw 5/1
- Liverpool 2/7
Wouldn’t it just be football if Fulham manage to get something here?! Especially after Liverpool’s exploits in Munich on Wednesday night. Scott Parker will be hoping the Reds will be feeling those exertions at Craven Cottage on Sunday, but that could be wishful thinking. The reality is that Liverpool cannot afford to take this game lightly, as they’re now playing catch-up in the title race. With Man City in FA Cup action, Liverpool know a win will take them back to the summit for another week at least. Ironically, Man City’s next Premier League game is also away at Fulham, so Klopp’s side must remain in top gear. Even if Liverpool do freshen up, they’re facing a Fulham side that already look doomed for the Championship. They’ll give it a go, but ultimately they’re conceding over two goals per game, plus Liverpool average over two goals scored per game. The facts and figures point towards a routine win for the Anfield side.