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Liverpool to take full advantage of Fulham’s run-ragged defence

| 12.02.2014

After Old Trafford entrenchment, Fulham’s heroic troops get no time to patch up the walking wounded before a rampant Liverpool open an ‘SAS-AS’ inspired barrage on their goal.

Since Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling added their third and fourth strikes of the season in Liverpool’s 5-1 rout of Arsenal, the pair have added their initials to the tabloids’ favourite goal-scorer acronym.

Fulham rightly collected plaudits for displaying newfound levels of pluckiness in drawing 2-2 with Manchester United, but the one team capable of erasing that result from memory in a blaze of goals is Liverpool.

As a straight contest for three points Ladbrokes clearly only see one winner, with Liverpool installed as the strong 4/9 favourites, the draw at 7/2 and an unlikely-looking home win the outsider of the trio at 11/2.

There is plenty of statistical evidence to support this hypothesis too, not least the fact that Liverpool have won the last three league meetings, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once in that run.

In two out of three of those contests the Reds won both halves and at 19/10 they appear great value to achieve this feat again versus Fulham’s overworked players.

Scoring in both halves at 5/6 provides a good covering option.

The reverse fixture produced a 4-0 home win for Brendan Rodgers’ side earlier in the campaign, while a maiden Premier League hat trick for Daniel Sturridge did for Fulham in this fixture last year as Liverpool won 3-1.

Liverpool scoring another scoring another 2-3 seems set in stone at 1/1, though a 4+ haul for a ninth-time in the top-flight this season, is more appealing still at 13/4.

Without a goal in two games, backing Luis Suarez to start the scoring bidding at 3/1 is also a noteworthy price.

Perhaps the only thing which could have prevented a one-way deluge from the visitors would have been another Tube strike.

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.