Kick-off: 1230, 06/08/2022
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: BT Sport
Fulham face a baptism of fire on their return to the Premier League when hosting last season’s runners-up Liverpool at Craven Cottage.
The Reds won 16 of their final 18 fixtures in this competition last term, drawing with Manchester City and Tottenham in the other two.
Jurgen Klopp will be keen to hit the ground running, so 2.1 for an away win to nil is our first Fulham vs Liverpool prediction.
Yo-yo club Fulham secured promotion for the third time in five years by topping the Championship table, finishing two points ahead of Bournemouth.
However, their last two stints in the Premier League have been short-lived, with relegation coming the season after.
The fact that Marco Silva’s side stumbled towards the title by suffering four defeats in their closing seven fixtures does not augur well this time around.
Highly-rated youngster Fabio Carvalho departed for Liverpool after scoring 11 goals in 38 appearances and the Cottagers are predictably among the favourites to go down again.
Keeping hold of Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could be crucial after he struck a record 43 times in the Championship.
Wales midfielder Harry Wilson will be eager to impress against his former club here, but Fulham’s lack of overall quality is a concern.
Liverpool enjoyed FA Cup and EFL Cup triumphs last term but things went a bit flat when they were edged out by City in the title race and Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
The summer has also been far from smooth, with Sadio Mane sold to Bayern Munich and Divock Origi moving on.
Mohammed Salah has pledged his immediate future to the club, but will enter the final season of his current contract.
On the plus side, though, Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is expected to be a big hit on Merseyside after joining for an initial fee of £64million, which could rise as high as £85m.
The 22-year-old Uruguay international scored 26 times in 24 Liga Portugal Bwin starts last season, as well as bagging six goals in six Champions League starts – including in each of their quarter-final legs against Liverpool.
“I’m really happy and delighted to be here, it’s a massive club,” Nunez told LFCTV. “I want to win a lot of trophies at Liverpool.
“There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play here.”
With Luis Diaz fully settled in following a successful January switch from Porto and Diogo Jota also doing well, everything is in place for another impressive campaign.
The Reds began last season with four clean-sheet victories and a draw with Chelsea, so something similar would suffice.
They were 1-0 ahead at half-time in all of those wins and 3.5 for that to happen again here is added to our Fulham vs Liverpool betting tips.
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