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Berbatov role to ensure under 2.5 goals in Liverpool v Fulham

| 21.12.2012

Only two goals have been netted in total in the last four Premier League meetings at Anfield between Liverpool and Fulham and there is little to suggest that punters can profit from backing another low-scoring fixture this time.

Not since Liverpool’s 4-0 victory in 2006 has this fixture seen at least three goals scored and 11/10 looks fine value that under 2.5 goals feature again.

Liverpool have only managed more than a single goal in two of their nine home games so far this season, as they struggle for a bit of midfield creativity and another source of goals away from Luis Suarez.

Meanwhile, Fulham have scored just four times in their last six games, with a big reason for this potentially being the decision to drop Dimitar Berbatov into a more reserved position.

Since signing from Manchester United, Berbatov was utilised by Martin Jol as the chief central striker, but an injury to Bryan Ruiz has seen him drop deeper, with Hugo Rodallega leading the line instead.

This has seemingly had a negative impact on Fulham’s goal threat.

Brendan Rodgers will surely focus on his team being more disciplined defensively, after conceding five goals in two league games, having conceded just four in six games prior to this.

Other interesting markets include the 11/4 that Liverpool take maximum points from a game that witnesses under 2.5 goals and the 13/2 on offer for the hosts to secure a 1-0 success.

Furthermore, 3/1 is the price for a fifth successive meeting at Anfield to fail to break the 1.5-goal handicap line.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.