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Punch-drunk Liverpool need to clamber off the ropes quickly in the Premier League, as Fulham step into the Anfield ring on Sunday.
The reeling Reds have lost a staggering five of their last six, with Chelsea overtaking them in the Champions League qualification race by virtue of a 1-0 sucker punch win on Thursday night.
It also made it the first time the famous old club have lost five consecutive home games in the league, with any sense of a title defence long-since gone for Jurgen Klopp’s sorry side.
A bunch of contenders left needing the bucket and sponge hasn’t helped.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip continue to leave a gaping collective absence at the heart of defence.
Jordan Henderson also remains sidelined for the foreseeable, although Diogo Jota should be fit as Klopp attempts to reignite his badly faltering forward line.
Fulham have a free swing on Merseyside, with just four wins to their name this season so far and a permanent billing on the Premier League’s undercard.
Scott Parker’s side fell to Tottenham by the only goal at Craven Cottage on Thursday night, curtailing a four-match unbeaten run that had been responsible for over a third of their entire points tally.
Midfielder Tom Cairney is the only definite absentee for the London side, who will also need to run the rule over Marek Rodak.
Ola Aina could keep his spot at right back, leaving Kenny Tete to park himself in a ringside seat.
Three points is the tantalising gap to Newcastle and Brighton above the dotted line going into this weekend’s round of fixtures, while the home side sit four points outside the top four.
There could be a knockout blow either way inside the champions’ arena – oh how the mighty fall.
Liverpool vs Fulham: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 3 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 0.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Liverpool has scored 4 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for Liverpool ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Liverpool recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Liverpool has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 1 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 15/26 games for Liverpool this season.
- Coming into this game, Fulham has picked up 9 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.8 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 1 of those games. Fulham has scored 4 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Superb stuff from Fulham away from home, where they are currently unbeaten in 7 games. Can they go another game without defeat?
- Momentum is really building for Fulham as they have now gone 5 games without losing. They have won 2 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Fulham has kept 4 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 1 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 8 occasions.
- Fulham is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Liverpool, having won 2 and drawn 3. They have scored 4 goals in those 5 games.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Fulham recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Fulham has fired blanks in 12 games this season. That’s 46% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored just 4 goals.
- Just 1 of the last 5 games for Fulham has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 2 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 11/26 games for Fulham this season.
Stats source: footystats.org
Liverpool vs Fulham: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Liverpool vs Fulham: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Probable Fulham Starting XI: Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Antonee Robinson, Harrison Reed, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Bobby De Cordova Reid, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja.