A trip to Anfield is the last thing an ailing Fulham need in their current state and Liverpool, the leaders of the Premier League’s half-time league table, are fancied to blast them out early.
Laurel resting is the undesirable habit which has seen the hosts shuffled back down to third in the overall standings so the 7/4 about there being most goals in the opening stanza is the bet to back here.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are a confidence-inspiring 1/4 for maximum points, while the Cottagers are 10/1 for victory and it’s 9/2 that the honours are shared come the final peel of the referee’s ACME Thunderer.
Liverpool have smashed 13 league goals before the break, conceding three times.
The Anfield mob have been blasting from the starting blocks like human cannonballs from an enormous 11-barrelled doom machine and they’ve ended the first-half with their noses in front in all bar three of their ten league games.
By contrast they tend to sink with the ships they’ve holed in the second period winning just a single post-interval 45 minutes in the top flight so far.
Fulham have yielded nine of their 15 league goals-against in the first 45 minutes.
Luckily for Liverpool their visitors have developed a tendency to be caught on the hop in recent games, conceding two or more in their last three first-halves, including three goals before the 23-minute mark against Manchester United last time.
Furthermore Martin Jol has now seen the lion’s share of the strikes before his half-time address in four of his side’s last five games.
The Merseysiders have put recent matches against bottom-half sides to bed by the mid-way point.
West Brom were a speck in the rear-view mirror by half-time as Luis Suarez and Danny Sturridge sped off into the sunset like Thelma and Louise in their last home game.
Previously Crystal Palace and Sunderland were left similarly fighting for scraps after allowing the twosome to run amok early doors.