Liverpool v Fulham Betting Tips & Predictions – Sunday 11th November 2018

After falling to a shock defeat in Belgrade mid-week, Jurgen Klopp will be grateful that he has a straightforward looking fixture this weekend. It provides the perfect opportunity for his side to return to winning ways, allowing them to put Tuesday’s slip-up out of their minds.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is a man under intense pressure and in contrast this is almost the worst fixture for him. For someone who is the odds-on favourite to be the next manager facing the sack, an away clash against a title chasing side is not what he would want.

Throw in the fact that the Reds will be something of a wounded animal following their Champions League loss and this could hardly be worse for the Cottagers. A drubbing at Anfield could well spell the end for the Serbian and there’s no chance of the Reds showing him any mercy.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win with -2 handicap @ 8/11

Sadio Mane to score @ 8/11

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Liverpool News: Belgrade performance an isolated incident

Anfield Stadium Entrance
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Liverpool were the 2/9 favourites to beat Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night but ended up falling to an unlikely 2-0 loss, putting their chances of reaching the knockouts into doubt with two very tough fixtures ahead.

Jurgen Klopp made no excuses for his side after the game, saying they lost their mojo and failed to click. Asked if this was part of a more common trend however, the German manager insisted that only in this game did such deep problems arise. There’s a strong case to be made for branding it their worst showing of the season but there’s no real reason to ring the alarm bells just yet.

Liverpool duo facing race to be fit

In order to minimize the risk of another surprise result, Klopp will be keeping his fingers crossed that Dejan Loven and Jordan Henderson are given the all clear. Croatian centre back Lovren appears to be Klopp’s favoured option alongside Virgil van Dijk but has been out for a week with a minor hamstring problem. Skipper Henderson’s absence has been notable of late, particularly in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal as his replacement Fabinho was not up to the same standard. The Englishman has already been out longer than initially anticipated so a return cannot be far away and his on-pitch leadership will be a big asset to his manager and the club.

Fulham News: Future ‘out of my control’ says Jokanovic

Craven Cottage Turnstiles
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A couple of weeks ago, Fulham owner Shahid Khan was keen to laugh off reports that Slavisa Jokanovic would be getting the boot, calling them sensational and fictional. At the same time however he did refer to the Cottagers’ start to the season as “bitterly disappointing” and since then, three more defeats have followed.

The most recent loss came against lowly Huddersfield in what was a winnable contest for the Londoners. After the defeat, a deflated Jokanovic said his future is out of his hands but that he’ll continue in his attempts to find a solution to his side’s problems. Those problems are obvious – his troops haven’t got to grips with the top flight, concede far too many goals and are a soft touch.

Analysis: No solution for Jokanovic

If Jokanovic did tune in to watch Liverpool’s recent clash with Red Star Belgrade, he’ll notice how the Serbians successfully hit the Reds on the counter. They only mustered 28% possession in the match but remained compact at the back and broke forward when the chance arose.

The Fulham boss may wish to replicate such a tactic but his men do not have the defensive strength to pull it off. For a side in such disarray, it’s hard to see any tactic paying off so the Cottagers could be in for a rough afternoon.

Ever changing backline keeps Fulham fragile

Every week in the Premier League, Fulham have lined-up with a different backline than the one that featured previously. In his latest change, Jokanovic pulled Ryan Sessegnon back to the left side of defence despite him enjoying a tremendous period further up the pitch last season.

The constant changing indicates that the Serb is absolutely stuck for ideas on how he can improve the state of what is the worst defence in the Premier League. Having shipped in 29 goals already, a Reds side that is back to full strength can have a field day at Anfield, winning the game with a -2 handicap (8/11).

Liverpool can exploit the flanks

Jokanovic appears to have abandoned the 3-4-3 that worked so poorly against Arsenal but his men remain vulnerable out wide, even with less adventurous fullbacks. Liverpool’s wide men, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could well shine on their return to home soil as a result.

Neither have set the world alight this season but both have found the net at a decent rate, claiming 11 league goals between them. The price on the Egyptian finding the net in this match is an unappealing 1/3 but his Senegalese teammate can be backed at a much more tempting 8/11.

Reds to begin swiftly

Liverpool may have had a different game in Belgrade had Daniel Sturridge converted the early chance that fell his way. When the Reds have been the strong favourites for the match, they’ve generally found the net early. They took just 10 minutes to score against Cardiff, 24 versus Huddersfield and 20 when at home to Red Star.

Fulham on the other hand have conceded at least once during the first half of their last five matches. Backing Liverpool to win at half-time and full-time (2/5) therefore is worthy of being added to any weekend accumulator.

Recent Matches

Liverpool are enjoying a four game unbeaten run against the Cottagers but this is well short of the 15 game streak managed between 1966 and 2002. During that time the Reds won a League Cup clash 10-0 but they’ll be hard pushed to get anywhere near that scoreline this Sunday even with Fulham’s awful form.

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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