Fulham entertain Liverpool on the banks of the River Thames on Sunday needing a positive result to guarantee their Premier League status for next season.
A point from their last two games of the season will be enough to see Fulham safe, but with a tricky away trip to Swansea City to come on the final day, Martin Jol will want his players to produce the goods this weekend against a Reds side with nothing to play for.
The Cottagers appeared to be clear of relegation trouble earlier in the campaign, but after failing to win any of their last six fixtures, the London side have seen the gap between themselves and the bottom three close to five points.
A disappointing set of results in April was continued last weekend as Fulham lost 4-2 at home to already relegated Reading, who themselves had not won for 11 games.
The one positive for Jol was the sight of his team scoring, as they had only managed one goal in their previous five games.
After scoring 24 in their first 11 Premier League games, goals have become a problem for the Cottagers, with just 22 coming in their following 25 fixtures, leading to 2/1 being offered on them failing to score this weekend.
The betting in bwin’s 3-way market is little better as it has Fulham priced as 29/10 outsiders to secure their eighth home win of the campaign, with Liverpool a very short 87/100 to take the three points instead.
A draw, which hasn’t been the result between these two at Craven Cottage since 1983, is a 5/2 chance and would be Liverpool’s fifth in six games.
While Fulham have a stressful end to the season, Liverpool can enjoy their remaining games with little pressure, but they will have to do so without Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.
With Suarez missing for obvious reasons and skipper Gerrard set to have shoulder surgery, boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen to see what the rest of his squad can produce with their two star players out of action.
Since Suarez’s ban began the signs have been positive, with a 6-0 thrashing of Newcastle followed by a goalless draw with neighbours Everton, the star of both games being the slight Brazilian Coutinho.
The January signing from Inter Milan has impressed with his direct running and eye for an incisive pass and after scoring a stunning goal at Newcastle, he is 2/1 to strike again at Fulham.
A Coutinho goal would help Liverpool maintain their 1.9-goal-per-game average away from home, with bwin offering 11/5 on the Reds scoring twice.
But regardless of how the match pans out, there is one price which is really jumping out at me: 13/2 on Dimitar Berbatov to score first (potentially returning a massive £150 for new customers using their free £20 bet to back it).
Fulham’s lack of form has swung all the odds for this game very much in the direction of Liverpool and as a result, the Cottagers’ top scorer is about as big as you will ever see him to score first in a home game against a team who, let’s not forget, are only seventh in the table.
Berbatov has notched 13 league goals this term and with Jol’s men possessing a far greater incentive for victory, he will fancy his chances of breaching a Reds rearguard that has shipped 26 goals in 18 away games.
You can get 19/10 on the Bulgarian notching at any time but considering he has broken the deadlock in eight games already in 2012/13, the 13/2 on him making it nine simply has to be taken.