On Sunday 17th March Liverpool will take on Fulham at Craven Cottage and with this season’s end starting to loom large the two sides have very different aims in mind. BonusBets.com looks at this game and the current standing of these two EPL teams.
Fulham is focussing their attention on staying in the Premier League, a feat that sadly looks slightly impossible at this stage as they are over 10 points behind the safe zone at the moment, sitting in 19th place. For them, the points would help their cause, but frankly, it looks unlikely they can do more than watch Liverpool stomp all over them. In their last six matches, they have lost every time which is hardly a record that will unnerve the higher ranking clubs even in a game away from home. The player to watch in this team is Tom Cairney who is a sharp left-footed midfielder. If anyone can get past Liverpool’s defence, it will be him. He started his career as a youth player for Leeds and moved to Hull City in 2007. He was their Young Player of the Year in 2008/2009. In 2013 he moved to Blackburn on loan, a move that was made permanent in 2014 where he stayed until the end of the season when he moved to Fulham in 2015 and is now one of their more experienced players.
Liverpool, of course, is locked in a battle with current title holders Manchester City over who will lift the trophy this year. The last time the Reds were able to claim this title was in 1990, and this seasons they have hit the top position but currently rest just behind City in second place. One of their strongest players is Mohamed Salah who will undoubtedly be looking to add some more goals to his scorecard this year. The Egyptian player is certainly looking strong and scored 17 goals in 30 outings for the club this season. He missed the goal action at Burnley, but with other strong players like Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino scoring two goals each in that match Liverpool is certainly not short of firepower. This season the team has won 21 games, drawn 7 and only lost 1, making it clear this incarnation of Liverpool’s first team are a force to be reckoned with. Conversely, Fulham has had something of a disastrous season with just four wins, five draws and a rather shocking 21 losses.
The smart money is of course on an easy Liverpool victory, it really should be a walk in the park for the reds, but complacency at this stage can bite hard, and other big teams have fallen under the pressure. Jürgen Klopp will certainly be warning his team to watch their form as they will be coming off the back of a Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich. No matter what the result of that game the team will need to keep focused if they want to snatch glory from Manchester City when the season ends in May.