Fulham Attempt To Overcome Liverpool On Sunday
The Premier League is a pretty interesting division at the best of times, and it never really matters who is playing who when you think about it. It could be a relegation battle or a top six clash, because either way, there’s going to be some fireworks. As we approach the end of the season things are going to start to get even more unpredictable, which can only be considered a good thing for the fans. This weekend has already provided us with a series of great moments, and it seems like there’s much more to come this Sunday.
Fulham will be facing Liverpool in what can only be described as a David vs Goliath clash. These two teams are in very different positions in the table, and that may be an understatement in itself. The Cottagers are battling against the drop whereas the Reds still have everything left to play for, both domestically speaking and in Europe. Jurgen Klopp will be well aware of the fact that the expectation is for them to at least make a realistic push for the title, but either way, it feels like this is the kind of game that everyone will be keeping their eyes on in the hope of seeing a surprise.
Fulham’s season has been a bit of a disaster, and that’s putting it mildly. They were able to spend big money after their promotion from the Championship last season, but in truth, it never really seemed to matter. Their squad hasn’t been able to gel as everyone would’ve hoped, and that has caused them some serious problems. They seem like virtual certainties for the drop at this stage, but a lot of fans will remember that this club have seemed to be down and out before – only to rise up from the ashes.
The success or failure of Liverpool’s campaign really does hinge on how the next few weeks go. If they’re able to either capture the Champions League title or the Premier League title, then Klopp can celebrate away. If they fail in both aspects, however, then it could be a very different story. Liverpool are a club that have always known how to win the big games, but when it comes to facing the smaller teams as of late, the pressure has been getting to them. As a result, their fate is no longer in their own hands, and they’ll have to hope City slip up between now and the end of the season.
Fulham’s last six games, to put it bluntly, have gone really badly for them. They kicked off this run with a 2-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, before being seen off by Manchester United. They went on to lose 3-1 to West Ham United, before Southampton also registered a 2-0 win over the Cottagers. Chelsea were the next team to pick up all three points against the relegation strugglers, and in their last outing, Leicester City stuck three past them at Craven Cottage. Is there a win or even a draw on the horizon to break this current streak? Only time will tell.
Liverpool’s last six games began with a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich, setting themselves up for a tense second leg which they won 3-1 to progress into the quarter finals of the Champions League. They were frustrated by rivals Manchester United in a 0-0 draw, but a 5-0 demolition of Watford got them right back on track. They then drew 0-0 with local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby, and despite rumblings of a collapse, they were able to answer their critics in the right way with a convincing 4-2 triumph over Burnley.
Liverpool have been in control of this fixture since the word go, with a 40-12 overall head to head standings lead to go alongside 16 draws. Their first meeting took place way back in 1912, with Liverpool winning their most recent encounter back in November. Liverpool have managed to win their last five games against Fulham, although they’ve played one another much more sporadically recently after Fulham’s stint in the Championship. Still, they say that the past means nothing in this game, and given how things have gone already this season we’re starting to think there may be something to that thought process.
Alfie Mawson, Marcus Bettinelli and Andre Schurrle are all expected to miss out for Fulham on Sunday. Jean Seri hasn’t started either of Scott Parker’s games in charge, with the expectation being that the trend will continue here. A similar team is expected in this one to the game against Chelsea, mainly because Fulham actually looked pretty good against the Blues – even in defeat. If they put out their strongest XI then they’ll be in with a chance, but have they left it too late in the season for the team to gel? We’ll get some answers this weekend.
Changes are expected from the team that beat Bayern Munich during the week. Dejan Lovren could make it back into the starting XI after two stints on the bench, with Jordan Henderson’s twisted ankle ruling him out of this game. Naby Keita has a slight knock which could rule him out, with Adam Lallana being tipped to feature once again. Regardless of what team they put out, though, Liverpool should be incredibly confident of registering the three points, as the quality that they’ve got in their squad speaks for itself. It won’t be easy, but then again, nothing comes easily in the Premier League.
Fulham vs Liverpool Betting Prediction
Fulham just need to try and neutralise Liverpool as best as they can, and that’s going to be easier said than done. They can’t go straight at the Reds because they don’t have the quality necessary to cause them too many problems from open play. They need to try and frustrate them defensively speaking, and then once the game ticks over into the second half, that’s where they can really start to do some damage. It’ll be easier said than done, but it’s certainly possible.
With that being said, we do indeed still believe that Liverpool will come away with all three points. They’re a dangerous, dangerous team and can catch you from just about anywhere. We don’t think they’re going to run riot on Fulham by any stretch of the imagination, though, but they don’t really need to. As long as they play their own game, edge in front and then ride out the rest of proceedings, then they’ll be just fine. All they need to do is keep winning, and with City not playing in the league this weekend, they’ll have the perfect chance to put some pressure on them.