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Liverpool’s scoring woes suggest back no goalscorer against Fulham

| 22.12.2012

Luis Suarez is entrenched in his biggest goal drought of the season and Jonjo Shelvey saves his best for Europe, which is making life difficult in the first goalscorer market ahead of Fulham’s visit to Anfield.

Suarez has not scored in six consecutive games in all competitions, despite shooting more frequently than everybody else, which makes it hard to back him at 10/3 to break the deadlock against Fulham.

Shelvey comes next in this market at 11/2, but he is still waiting for a first Premier League goal, despite scoring four times in the Europa League.

In fact, of all the Premier League players still awaiting their first top-flight goal of the season, he has had the most shots.

Some would argue that he is due a goal, but 11/2 is plenty short enough that he strikes first against Fulham, especially as he is by no means a guaranteed starter.

This fixture has regularly been low-scoring in recent seasons, with only a combined two goals netted in their last four Anfield encounters between Liverpool and Fulham.

It is 10/1 that this meeting throws up a third 0-0, but punters would be better taking the same price that the game has no goalscorer.

Punters are effectively getting two-for-one with this bet, as not only is the goalless draw covered, but also if the result is 1-0 or 1-1 with all of the goals being own goals.

Of the two goals scored in the last four meetings, one was an own goal scored by John Pantsil to hand Liverpool a 1-0 victory.

Backing the no scorer this day would have been paid out, whereas the 0-0 draw at the same price would not have been.

In terms of match betting, Liverpool are 4/7 favourites even though they have won just six of their last 20 at Anfield, with Fulham 5/1 to triumph despite taking maximum points in just four of their last 12 on road.

This lends further weight to the draw, which can be backed at 11/4.

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.