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            Fulham vs Liverpool: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

            The story of the title race embarks on another chapter this weekend as Liverpool travel to face Fulham at Craven Cottage. After recent results, Liverpool will be desperate for all three points to keep up with Arsenal and Manchester City, who now have the advantage over the Reds.

            Location: Craven Cottage

            Date: 21/04/24

            Kick-off: 4.30 pm

            Liverpool’s fortunes have certainly changed since before the international break. Jurgen Klopp’s side were destined for the perfect farewell; however, they are now staring at the prospect of just one trophy from the four that were competing for a few weeks ago.

            The Reds are now in third place and with results potentially falling against them, they could find themselves six points off the league leaders Arsenal when they face Fulham. This is also depending on Arsenal winning their respective games against Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

            Jurgen Klopp’s trail current league leaders Manchester City by two points after 32 games played, who are the league leaders at the time of writing, after Manchester City had overtaken them in the most recent match-week phase. The title race isn’t over by any means, although Liverpool now knows they will be required to produce perfection if they stand any chance of securing their 20th league title.

            Liverpool have accumulated 71 points from 32 games played this season – averaging 2.21 points per game. The away side has already won one trophy this season, the Carabao Cup and are still technically in Europe although they will have to overcome a 3-0 deficit away at Atalanta. That fixture will be played just before their league game away at Fulham.

            The visitors boast a great attacking threat, which Klopp is usually renowned for. Liverpool have scored over 100 goals in all competitions and have scored 72 goals in the league this season – averaging 2.25 goals per game.

            The Reds currently boast the third-best attack in the league and defensively they have been assured at the back having the second-best defence on record. Only Arsenal have a better defensive record than Liverpool.

            The issue for Liverpool in recent weeks has been the points dropped in certain games. Amongst the top three, they have accumulated the most draws with eight including a recent draw against Manchester United where they arguably should have won the game.

            As for the hosts, Fulham are going to be set for another season in the top flight of English football under Marco Silva. The Cottagers are currently 12th after 33 games played, having obtained 42 points. Marco Silva’s side have averaged 1.27 points per game this season.

            Fulham could move into the top half of the table if they were to beat Liverpool at the weekend. The hosts would need some favourable results to move above local rivals Chelsea. A defeat would only move Fulham down a place into 13th, provided Bournemouth fail to win in their respective games or the game they currently have over them.

            The hosts for this boast defensive and attacking stats for Fulham reflect that of a mid-table side. The Cottagers have scored 49 goals this season, with an average of 1.48 scored per game. Defensively, they are only marginally worse having conceded 1.54 goals per game.

            The two sides have faced each other on three occasions so far this season, once in the league and twice in cup competitions. The league game at Anfield provided a great spectacle in which Liverpool won 4-3. Fulham were set to hold on for an incredible victory but goals from Wataru Endo and Trent Alexander–Arnold gave Liverpool all three points.

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            Liverpool to win 2-1 @ 7/1
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            Team News

            Fulham Team News

            Marco Silva has no fresh injury or suspension worries to concern himself with.

            Liverpool Team News

            Joel Matip and Thiago remain long-term absentees for Liverpool. Alisson is expected to return, although it might be possible, he has already made his return in their game against Crystal Palace beforehand.

            Recent Form

            The recent history between the two sides, suggests that Liverpool will be the favourites for this game. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won three out of their last five fixtures against Fulham. Fulham last tasted victory over Liverpool at Anfield in 2021 thanks to a goal from Mario Lemina.

            In this fixture itself, Fulham haven’t beaten Liverpool at Craven Cottage since 2011. The Cottagers under the tenure of Martin Jol won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Clint Dempsey. Coincidentally that season was the last time Fulham achieved a league double over Liverpool.

            The home side enters this game with some mixed form in all competitions. The Cottagers have won two out of their last five league games, having drawn once and losing the remaining two games.

            In their most recent league game, Fulham recorded a 2-0 away victory over London rivals West Ham United. A brace from Andreas Pereira secured the win for Fulham. Their most recent home game was a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle, although at home they have obtained some wins over the likes of Tottenham Hotspur.

            Fulham’s home form is very respectable indeed. At Craven Cottage, the hosts have averaged 1.75 points per game and have won three out of their last five.

            Rodrigo Muniz is having his best spell as a Fulham player this season. The Brazilian striker has eight goals this season and three goals in his last five in the league.

            Liverpool needs to find some form ahead of the crucial weeks ahead. The Reds have only won one out of their last five games in all competitions. Their most recent game in the league was a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace thanks to a goal from Ebere Eze.

            In their last away game, Liverpool drew 2-2 with bitter rivals Manchester United. Liverpool was far and away the better side, but mistakes allowed Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo to score before Mohamed Salah restored parity for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

            Their away form is relatively good when all things considered. The visitors have posted a healthy average of 1.93 points per game, having won three out of their last five games away from Anfield.

            Mohamed Salah will be pivotal to any success Liverpool may have against Fulham. The Egyptian has 26 goal contributions in 26 league games. Although he has only scored twice in his last five games.

            Footy Accumulators Prediction

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            12
            Team logoBournemouth
            3813916-1348
            13
            Team logoFulham
            3813817-647
            14
            Team logoWolves
            3813718-1546
            Last updated 20/05/2024

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            2
            Team logoArsenal
            382765+6187
            3
            Team logoLiverpool
            3824104+4582
            4
            Team logoAston Villa
            3820810+1668
            Last updated 20/05/2024

            Where to watch

            The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.

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