Preview - Fulham vs Liverpool 17 March 19

Started by Harry85, Mar 16, 2019, 03:04 AM

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Match Day 31
Fulham vs. Liverpool
Sunday, March 17th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Fulham: 
Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.93
Average goals against per match: 2.27
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (10)

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 0.57
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (17)


With Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, Liverpool have the chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League, at least temporarily. They will be fully expecting to do just that too as this weekend sees them pay a visit to - surely Championship bound - Fulham. Well adrift of safety, the side with the leagues worst defence need to start winning, and soon, but face an almighty task to get anything out of this one.


Liverpool won the most recent match between the sides here at Craven Cottage by a 3-2 score-line. That came back in 2014 though. The game at Anfield earlier in the current campaign ended in a 2-0 success for the Reds.


André Schürrle, Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson all miss out for the home side. Liverpool will be without Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez.


15 of Fulham's 17 total points have come at home this season. That's still not a great return from 14 games though and having lost to Manchester United and Chelsea here in their two most recent games, they will be looking to avoid a third defeat on the spin against one of the Premier League's big guns.


Liverpool have lost just once on the road this season, at Manchester City, but have drawn their last three with West Ham, Manchester United and Everton, scoring just the once across those three games. They head into this game on a high having won at Bayern Munich in midweek though.


This is simply a mismatch as the leagues leakiest backline takes on one of the most potent attacking forces in the division. This ought to be comfortable for Jurgen Klopp's men.


Prediction: Fulham 1 - 4 Liverpool


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  7 - 16
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 10
Possession: 37% - 63%


Andre Zambo Anguissa and Joe Bryan were booked for the home side, with Fabinho of Liverpool also making his way into referee Craig Pawson's notebook.


This game looks exactly as we would expect it to from a stats perspective, with title chasing Liverpool dominating Championship bound Fulham on all fronts. It was pretty tight on the scoreboard though with the Cottagers giving the Reds a fright late on.


It was Liverpool who struck first in the 26th minute. Sadio Mané driving forward down the left and into the area before slipping in Roberto Firmino to the left by-line, nice cutback from the Brazilian, back into the path of the in-form Mané to slot home from seven yards. 0-1 at the break.


The home side equalised in the 74th minute, courtesy of a real collector's item - namely an error from Virgil Van Dijk. Attempting to deal with a ball over the top, the majestic Dutchman didn't get enough on his header back to Alisson, allowing former Red Ryan Babel to nip in take the ball past the keeper and slot into the empty net.


Nine minutes from time and Fulham made an error at the back. Keeper Sergio Rico failing to hold on to a Mo Salah strike and hauling down Mané as he nipped in to try and follow up. Penalty kick. James Milner stepping up to convert straight down the middle. 1-2 final score.


Liverpool move back to the top of the table and put the pressure back onto Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's men are now two points behind but do now have a game in hand, and thus their destiny is still in their own hands. A decent effort from Fulham, but another game slips by without them adding any points to their tally. They stay second bottom and a surely insurmountable 13 points adrift of safety.



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