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Liverpool vs Fulham: Cagey contest on the cards at Anfield

Kick-off: 1400, 07/03/2021

Stadium: Anfield

TV: Sky Sports

Liverpool will be desperate to end an incredible five-match losing run at Anfield when hosting Fulham, as well as a sequence of seven games without a win on home turf.

However, the Cottagers are battling hard for their Premier League survival and all the evidence suggests they will not go down without a fight on Merseyside.

Scott Parker’s side have lost by more than one clear goal just once in their last 16 top-flight fixtures.

That makes 4/5 for the visitors getting two start on the handicap list hard to resist for our first Liverpool vs Fulham prediction.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

Liverpool have looked a shadow of the team which won the title by 18 points last term and suffered yet another setback when beaten 1-0 here by Chelsea on Thursday.

The Reds had a strong penalty appeal rejected when Roberto Firmino’s cross clearly struck N’Golo Kante’s hand, but otherwise offered little going forward.

Mohamed Salah appeared visibly upset when taken off with just over an hour gone and there was no response to Mason Mount’s fine 42nd-minute strike.

Having gone almost four years unbeaten in the league at home, Klopp has now lost more games at Anfield in the last four weeks than in his previous five years.

“Intense game, tight game, one decisive moment decided the game with the quality of Mason,” said the German.

“Our situations we didn’t use. That is pretty much the explanation for the result.

“These games are decided in moments and to get these moments back you have to fight. It’s not about tactics. It’s about being resilient and heart.”

The Reds may well stop the rot here, but it’s hard to see them cutting loose on current form, so 23/20 for under 2.5 goals in the game appeals from the Liverpool vs Fulham odds.

Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Kabak, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds

Fulham’s hopes of avoiding a quick return to the Championship were dented when Tottenham prevailed 1-0 at Craven Cottage on Thursday.

A Tosin Adarabioyo own goal on 19 minutes proved decisive, but the Cottagers could not be faulted for effort once more.

Hugo Lloris was forced into good saves by Joachim Andersen and Adarabioyo, while Josh Maja’s deserved equaliser just after an hour was harshly chalked off for a handball in the build-up.

“We want to see goals and excitement but I am sorry to say that VAR is killing every part of that,” fumed Parker. “You are losing the raw emotion of the game we absolutely love.”

He added on BBC Sport: “We fully deserved something out of it. The endeavour was there for all to see.”

Fulham are now three points from safety but were unbeaten in five games before losing to Spurs, so they are clearly up for a survival scrap.

Sadly, we fear this may be another occasion when things just go against them in a tight tussle, so 12/1 for Salah to score in a 1-0 home win completes our Liverpool vs Fulham betting tips.

Last Fulham line-up: Areola, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Lemina, Reed, Cavaleiro, Lookman, Maja.

Additional stats

Last result:

LIVERPOOL 0-1 Chelsea

FULHAM 0-1 Tottenham

Head-to-head: Fulham 1-1 Liverpool, Fulham 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

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