These clubs experienced mixed fortunes last week with Liverpool beating Chelsea in the Carling Cup but Fulham losing to FC Twente in the Europa League.
Indeed Liverpool are flying high at the moment having beaten Andre Villas-Boas’s side twice in nine days – at Stamford Bridge on both occasions – as well as earning a creditable point against league leaders Manchester City back at Anfield. With momentum building, Liverpool look good value at 5/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) for the win here.
Fulham, meanwhile, will be disappointed they couldn’t secure progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday, but after league draws at Sunderland and Arsenal, they will be eager to get the three points at Craven Cottage on Monday evening. The home side can be backed at best odds of 13/5 (Stan James – £150 free betting) to win the match, but we think Liverpool will be far too strong.
Having said that, Kenny Dalglish will be without the services of midfielder Lucas Leiva who has picked up a cruciate ligament injury that has sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He has been playing exceptionally well of late, the defensive foil to Charlie Adam’s attacking prowess, and his absence will leave a big hole in the middle of the park. With Steven Gerrard still not fully recovered, the short-term answer should come in the form of Jay Spearing, but Fulham’s Danny Murphy can put heavy pressure on the youngster.
Luis Suarez has been lively if not exactly prolific of late. He has come close to finding the net on a number of occasions in recent matches, but hasn’t scored in the league since the Merseyside derby on 1st October. As such, he’s certainly due one and can be backed at a best price of 11/2 (bet365) to open the scoring, which is certainly worth consideration.
Overall we can see a confident performance from a team on the up, with Liverpool ending up comfortable winners at the Cottage.