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Fulham v Liverpool: Key Reds absences boost Cottagers hope

| 10.05.2013

Although Liverpool have little left to play for at this late stage of the season, loyal Reds supporters would still enjoy being treated to the displays of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard away to Fulham.

But with that influential pair missing, along with Daniel Agger, due to suspension and injury respectively, there are many who will avoid the 19/20 visitors in match betting markets.

And whilst the hosts have been in woeful recent form, losing their past four matches consecutively, they could prove overpriced at 11/4 for victory here, as the realisation that they are not yet clear of relegation danger dawns upon them.

As a further boost to their chances, Fulham have won two of their last three meetings opposing Liverpool, failing to concede in either match in which they were victorious.

That considered, the Cottagers may be worth chancing to keep an eighth seasonal clean sheet at 15/4, whilst they can be backed at 11/2 to hold firm in success.

Meanwhile, as each of Fulham’s last two triumphs over the Reds have come via a 1-0 scoreline, that result may yet prove a popular 11/1 correct score shout here.

Alternatively, many will like the 9/2 that Martin Jol’s men succeed via a one-goal margin, as they have done on seven occasions this term, whilst it should also be noted that at least three goals have featured in seven of the Cottagers’ 10 seasonal league wins.

Thus, some appeal stems from the hefty 17/4 price that Liverpool succumb to defeat in a game involving more than 2.5 strikes, and the 13/8 that the hosts notch over 1.5 total goals.

Dimitar Berbatov, as ever, appears the likeliest Fulham strike source, and he is 15/8 to add to his 13-goal haul for the campaign.

To obtain greater value, punters can back the Bulgarian hitman at 6/1 to break the deadlock, and 11/2 to notch in a home victory.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee