Fulham v Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 17th March 2019

The writing is on the wall for a Fulham side who are staring down the barrel of relegation. The Cottagers sit 13 points shy of safety and have lost their last six league bouts in a row. It’s a dire position to be in and one which not even the most optimistic supporter will be expecting to escape from. They spent big in the summer and have changed their manager twice but nothing has worked and the west London side have had a torrid time in the top flight.

Although relegation may look inevitable for the Cottagers by this point, they could yet have a big say on what happens at the other end of the table. The Londoners take on Liverpool this weekend before hosting Manchester City straight after the international break. Securing points against either club will see a huge shift in the momentum of the title race but few punters will be backing the woeful Cottagers against either of the best two teams in the premier League.

Top Tips

Liverpool to Win with -1 Goal Handicap @ 4/6

Mane to Score Anytime @ 11/10

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Fulham News: Parker may have Schurrle available

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Andre Schurrle is yet to play for caretaker manager Scott Parker due to a lengthy battle with a virus. The problem first struck the World Cup winner down in early February, forcing him to miss four crucial matches for the Cottagers. He’s in contention to make his return this weekend but it’s hard to say if there will be room in the starting eleven for him. What is more clear is that the 28-year-old’s time in London is drawing to a close as he’s previously indicated he will leave should Fulham go down.

Desperate Times

Fulham remained patient with Slaviša Jokanović before firing the Serb in November, with Claudio Ranieri coming in. Fulham fans hoped the Italian could repeat his miracle of Leicester and, if not win the title, at least keep them up. Results got no better and with fans unhappy the owners once again pulled the trigger, sacking the Tinkerman in February after just 16 league games.

Former player Scott Parker is now in charge but Fulham just cannot seem to put any points on the board. They have lost 10 of their last 11 in all competitions and cannot get the balance between attack and defence right. Parker will seek to restore some pride between now and May but really Fulham are probably already thinking about next season, behind the scenes at least.

Liverpool News: Reds enjoy memorable European night

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Liverpool’s losing run in the Champions League outside of Anfield came to an end at just the right time for them as they humbled Bayern 3-1 at the Allianz Arena. It was an excellent showing from the Reds who defended expertly throughout, cutting off the supply for Robert Lewandowski.

It was just the result Jurgen Klopp’s men needed after suffering some frustrating domestic results on the road. After the victory, the Merseysiders saw their odds of going all the way in the competition cut to 5/1, making them the fourth favourites and seeing England and the Premier League become responsible for half of the teams in the last eight.

Henderson likely to miss out

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lasted just 13 minutes in Munich on Wednesday night after coming off worse following a collision with James Rodriguez. The Reds skipper attempted to soldier on but shortly after dropped to the floor, indicating he could not continue.

Removing his boot before trudging off the field, it would be a surprise to see the English international return to full health by this weekend. Fellow midfielder Naby Keita may also be missing having collected a recent muscular injury that kept him out of action midweek. The Reds have the midfield resources to cover these injuries but it may mean their bench is a little weaker than usual in this department.

Analysis: Reds handed easy chance to go back on top

With Manchester City involved in the FA Cup this weekend, a win for Liverpool would send them back to the summit of the Premier League table. Doing so would help pile some additional pressure onto Pep Guardiola’s side while allowing the Reds to relax a little more over the international break.

It should be seen as a particularly important clash as a result and one that Klopp’s men simply cannot afford to slip up in. Against opponents bereft of confidence and in fine fettle themselves following the win over Bayern, we expect the away side to do the business here.

Liverpool will feel at home at the Cottage

This does not look like being an arduous afternoon for Liverpool who will have far too much class for a relegation threatened Fulham. The Cottagers have seen some small improvements under Parker but there’s only so much he can do with such a poorly assembled and unbalanced squad.

His men gave it their all when Chelsea paid them a visit earlier in the month but still they fell short of getting a point. This is the only match, among their six game losing streak, where they haven’t been defeated by more than one goal. The Blues were not potent in front of goal that day but expect Liverpool to have more joy as they win this game with a -1 handicap (4/6).

Mane the main man

Goals have dried up for Mohamed Salah of late but not for fellow winger Sadio Mane. The 26-year-old has netted three braces in his last four Liverpool appearances and is just one more strike from being the club’s top scorer this season. He’s unlikely to have to wait for this extra goal as the Fulham defence is by far the weakest in the Premier League.

While better at home compared to away, the Cottagers still leak in goals on their own patch and will do so again this weekend. Mane, the mid-week hero in Germany, looks like handing them their biggest headache and at 11/10 he must be backed as an anytime scorer. To up those odds you can also opt for Mane to score two or more yet again.

Liverpool to deliver an early blow

Fulham have conceded at least once within the first half an hour of their last seven league matches. Often shaky from the start, the Championship bound club are likely to suffer an early setback here too. Liverpool have fired blank in three of their last 10 matches but when they play with their shooting boots on, they take little time to find the net.

In the last seven matches where the Reds have found the net, they’ve opened their account during the opening 30 minutes. The stats are strongly pointing for an early away goal here and for this reason, you may want to bet on the visitors to be leading by the half hour mark (5/4).

Recent Matches

Fulham have lost their last five matches against Liverpool but this run is not quite as bad as the seven consecutive defeats they suffered between 1983 and 2000. During that time the Reds hammered the Cottagers 10-0 in a League Cup match, the joint biggest win in the history of the competition. We don’t see anything like that happening here but with the respective morale in both camps you never know!

11th November 2018: Liverpool 2 – 0 Fulham

This match hinged on the decision to disallow Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header for offside. Replays showed it was an incredibly tight call but Andrew Robertson seemed to be keeping the Fulham striker onside. Having had the goal ruled out, Liverpool then raced up the other end of the pitch and scored a mere 14 seconds later, enraging then Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic. Xherdan Shaqiri added a second goal shortly after half-time as the Merseysiders equalled their best ever start to a league season.

12th February 2014: Fulham 2 – 3 Liverpool

Title chasing Liverpool were expected to have an easy evening at Craven Cottage but rock bottom Fulham gave them a real scare. Twice the home side took the lead, firstly when Kolo Toure sliced the ball into his own net and then when Kieran Richardson tucked home from close range. The struggling Cottagers were all set for a hard earned point but in injury time who else but Steve Gerrard popped up to rescue Liverpool, converting from the penalty spot.

9th November 2013: Liverpool 4 – 0 Fulham

Speculation regarding the future of Fulham boss Martin Jol intensified after a poor showing in Merseyside. The visiting Londoners were never in the contest, dominated by the superior Reds from start to finish. Brendan Rodgers’ men ought to have converted more of their 32 efforts on goal but a fine display from Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg helped prevent a cricket score being seen at Anfield.

12th May 2013: Fulham 1 – 3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge claimed his first ever career hat-trick as Liverpool condemned Fulham to a sixth loss in seven matches. He could have had even more but Mark Schwarzer superbly kept him out on two occasions. The match ended up being a comfortable one for the Reds but things might have been different had the hosts been awarded a penalty after Lucas Leiva handled in the box. With their strong appeals denied, Liverpool scored immediately at the other end, completely taking the wind out the Fulham sails.

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