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Fulham vs Liverpool: No Munich hangover for Reds

Fulham vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions

Liverpool must quickly put their dreams of Champions League glory on hold and focus on the Premier League again when they go to Craven Cottage on Sunday.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

Title rivals Manchester City are in FA Cup action this weekend so a victory would allow the Reds to return to the top of the table with a two-point lead.

Fulham start the weekend 13 points adrift of safety and are facing an immediate return to the Championship unless they can produce an amazing escape.

Match information

When is it? Sunday March 17th

What time is kick-off? 14:15

Where is it being played? Craven Cottage

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Craig Pawson

Fulham vs Liverpool Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for the Fulham vs Liverpool match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Much will be made of Liverpool putting the pressure back on City with a win on Sunday but manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of how the fixtures have fallen.

His team do not have the distraction of the FA Cup after their third-round exit at Wolves but Klopp believes both City and Liverpool can cope with the pressure of playing catch-up in the league.

"Psychologically we didn't struggle because we are not ahead of them any more and it doesn't change," he said.

"Being ahead of City is not that important but we have a game at the weekend and we want to win that game.

"Obviously we are then ahead but it doesn't mean a lot. The game in hand for City is (Manchester) United, for sure not an easy one, but it is not decided at the weekend because of that.

"All the stories will be written but we will accept these stories because it would mean we would have won the game, which is difficult enough and the only thing we think about."

Fulham are 3/1 to do City a favour and take points off the Reds but that is something they have failed to do against any of the big six this season.

Eight of those 10 matches have featured at least three goals though so the first of our Fulham vs Liverpool predictions is an away win and over 2.5 goals at 4/6.

First goalscorer tips

Roberto Firmino is expected to lead the line again for Liverpool and will be full of confidence after last weekend's double in the 4-2 win against Burnley.

Four players are ahead of him in the first goalscorer odds but at boosted odds of 9/2, he is our pick to open the scoring here.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Virgil van Dijk was strangely quiet in an attacking sense in the first half of the season and took until December 21 to grab his first Liverpool goal of the campaign.

The Dutch defender bagged a brace against Watford last month though and was on target in Munich in midweek so we'll take 5/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds for that form to continue.

Where the game will be won or lost

Liverpool highlighted what they are capable of on their travels with their 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in midweek to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

They have been drawn against Porto, widely regarded as the weakest team left in the competition, so dreams of reaching a second successive final appear realistic.

The fact that Bayern could only manage one goal in 180 minutes against the Reds emphasises the task facing Fulham, who have conceded by far the most goals in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool have been ruthless on their travels, conceding just one goal in six away matches against teams who start the weekend in the bottom half.

With that in mind, we'll take 21/20 for Liverpool to win to nil just as they did in the reverse fixture at Anfield when they enjoyed 73 per cent possession.

For punters who prefer bigger odds, let's complete our Fulham vs Liverpool betting tips by backing the Reds to win 3-0 at 15/2.

Team news

Fulham will still be without Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli with knee injuries while Andre Schurrle is training again after a virus but will not feature on Sunday.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss the trip with an ankle injury sustained in midweek, meaning Fabinho will come back into the side. Fellow midfielder Naby Keita will be assessed after missing the trip to Germany with a minor injury.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Sadio Mane was Liverpool's hero in midweek with two goals in the Champions League and that is six goals in four games so the odds boost of Mane to score and Liverpool to win at 8/5 looks good value.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football