Fulham could be in for long afternoon on Sunday, as they welcome Liverpool to Craven Cottage in the Premier League. Scott Parker’s Cottagers are without a win since January, and they look like they are doomed to suffer relegation from the Premier League just a season after winning promotion. They have taken just 17 points from their 30 league matches in 2018/19, and have a goal difference of -40. Staying up now looks beyond them.
Liverpool return to domestic action after securing a place in the last eight of the Champions League in midweek. They beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany, thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and two from Sadio Mane. The performance was not great, though, and the Reds were fortunate that Bayern were also below-par in terms of how they played. This game is all about maintaining their push for the Premier League title.
Fulham vs Liverpool Prediction: Cottagers 0-3 Reds
Our prediction for this game is that Liverpool will win comfortably, with the final score being 3-0 in favour of the Reds. Fulham look like a team who have very little hope left when it comes to staying in the Premier League this season. That kind of situation does genuine harm to players’ mindsets, and morale must be very low in the Craven Cottage dressing room right now. Once Liverpool score their first goal, Fulham’s spirit might break and they could end up conceding a sack full of goals. For us, 3-0 looks a good bet.
Our recommended tip: Liverpool to nil
Our featured tip for this game comes from Ladbrokes, who are offering odds of 7/1 on Liverpool sweeping the Cottagers aside with a 3-0 win. This looks a good bet to us as it matches our prediction for the outcome of the game. We suspect that Liverpool will win this game pretty convincingly, especially given their recent form. Fulham look like a relegated team, a side for whom all hope of Premier League survival has ended. For that reason, we suspect that they will get a thrashing on Sunday, with their confidence already at rock bottom.
These two sides have played each other on 27 previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those games, Liverpool have won 17, Fulham six and there have been four draws. At Craven Cottage, Fulham have won five times and Liverpool eight.
The most recent meeting between the sides was in the Premier League earlier this season, on November 11 at Anfield. The home side ended up winning the game 2-0. The goals were scored by Mohamed Salah, who struck four minutes before half-time, and Xherdan Shaqiri, who struck in the 53rd minute.
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Players to watch: Calum Chambers & Sadio Mane
If Fulham are to get anything out of this game, their defensively minded players need to be at their best. One of these is Calum Chambers, currently on loan at the west London club from Arsenal. He is the Cottagers’ leading tackler this season, having made 52 tackles in total in his 23 Premier League appearances. His tackle success rate is 62%, and he has also blocked eight shots. His 58 interceptions and 80 clearances are testament to his defensive workrate.
Sadio Mane’s two goals in midweek helped Liverpool to seal a place in the quarter-final of the Champions League, and Fulham will need to keep a close eye on the Senegal international on Sunday. In his 28 Premier League appearances this season, Mane has netted 16 goals, at an average of 0.57 per game. He has also provided one assist for his team mates, and created four big chances.