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Fulham face Liverpool -- PL. Match Preview

last updated Friday 08th November 2013, 8:13 PM


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Fulham boss Martin Jol doesn't fear the sack. He may not be frightened of getting the boot, but he must be aware that his chances of staying in the job are rapidly diminishing, and this is the worst possible time for Fulham to go to Liverpool.

The home side will be desperate to bounce back from defeat at Arsenal, and they've won five of six games this season against bottom-half teams.

The Cottagers, meanwhile, have the worst record in the league against top-half opposition - five defeats from five. In 32 trips to Anfield, Fulham have won just once - in the 2011-12 campaign.

Martin Skrtel's own goal that day was the only one they've managed in their last seven visits. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have more league strikes between them this season than the Fulham team combined.

Some bookies have Fulham at 14-1 for an away win. That's as unlikely as some dimwit suggesting a statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage! Well, crazy things do sometimes happen.

That decision, however, came under Mohamed Al Fayed, who was always capable of springing a surprise or bringing in a star name. Every summer they either made a marquee signing or brought in a string of good, experienced players.

Not this summer though, and now they are starting to look short of the class and strength in depth needed to keep them up.

From the outside, things don't look or sound right. I hope I'm wrong. Fulham is a lovely club. It pains me to see them suffer as they are.

I enjoy watching Liverpool playing right now though, with such freedom of movement, and clinical finishing. The two strikers are in devastating form, and the midfield has been boosted by Philippe Coutinho's return.

The Reds are still a work in progress, but with Sascha Riether's suspension weakening Fulham, there can be only one winner here, surely intensifying the pressure on the beleaguered Jol.

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  • Fulham have only won one of their 32 matches at Anfield (D9, L22). The solitary victory was by 1-0 in May 2012 courtesy of Martin Skrtel's own goal.


  • Liverpool have won both league clashes since that win, scoring seven goals to Fulham's one, including a 4-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season.


  • The Reds have only conceded three goals in 12 Premier League home games against Fulham.



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  • Liverpool kept a clean sheet in each of their opening three league games but have since conceded in seven successive matches.


  • The Reds have won all six league matches in which they opened the scoring this season, the best record in the division.


  • They have been ahead at half-time in seven of their 10 league fixtures.


  • Daniel Sturridge is the joint-leading Premier League scorer in 2013 with 18 goals, the same as Robin van Persie and Christian Benteke. Sturridge's only Premier League hat-trick came against Fulham in May.


  • Jordan Henderson has played in every minute of Liverpool's 10 Premier League games. This time last season he had yet to start a league game, playing just 77 minutes as a substitute.



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  • Fulham have the worst record in the league against top-half opposition, losing all five matches.


  • The Cottagers have only once scored more than one goal in a Premier League game this season (4-1 v Crystal Palace).


  • They have only kept two clean sheets in 13 games in all competitions this season, but have kept three in their last five league visits to Anfield.


  • Among teams who have played 100 or more games, only Derby County (15%) have a worse Premier League away win percentage than Fulham (15.5%).
























Source Jonathan Pearce at BBCSports
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