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Fulham face Liverpool -- PL Match Preview

last updated Tuesday 11th February 2014, 10:22 PM


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So the tube strike is off and the game goes ahead as planned, which is good news for everyone including Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who I'm sure would have had something to say were Liverpool to end up with a free week ahead of their FA Cup meeting with the Gunners.

However, the decision to suspend the planned industrial action does mean that Fulham's week isn't about to get any easier.

Sunday's stirring rearguard action and late equaliser at Old Trafford should have boosted morale, but if Liverpool reach anything like the heights of Saturday's thrashing of Arsenal, it could be a long night for the Premier League's bottom club.

Fulham have the worst home record in the division so far this season, collecting 10 points from a dozen matches in front of their own fans.

Eight defeats at home will soon become nine unless they perform far better than they did in the reverse fixture at Anfield where they were thrashed 4-0. The game back in November is just one of eight occasions where Liverpool have scored four or more goals in a league game this season.

You won't be surprised to learn Luis Suarez seems to enjoy facing Fulham too, averaging a goal a game against them with four in four, while Daniel Sturridge also has happy memories of his last visit to Craven Cottage where he scored his first and so far only Premier league hat trick in last year's 3-1 win in May.

This will be Fulham's first match at home since the dismal performance against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, in which they went out to a goal in the last minute of extra time in front of a mostly empty stadium.

They owe their fans a performance or two down by the river and this would be a good time to start, before the others just above them start to pull away in the race for Premier League survival.

    Head-to-head



  • Liverpool have won three times as many league meetings (30) as Fulham (10), with 13 draws.


  • The Cottagers' last home win against Liverpool was in December 2011 when Clint Dempsey's goal proved the difference.



  • Fulham



  • Fulham have come from behind to draw or win on seven occasions in league and cup this season. (W4, D3)


  • They have lost 12 of their last 16 league games at Craven Cottage (W3, D1, L12).


  • Rene Meulensteen's side have conceded a league-high 55 goals this season.


  • The Cottagers are one of four teams to have a minus goals-to-games ratio in the Premier League (24 goals scored, 25 games played.)


  • Steve Sidwell needs one more league goal this season (has six so far) to match his entire previous league goalscoring output in two and a half seasons at Fulham.



  • Liverpool



  • The Merseysiders are unbeaten in six league games (W4, D2).


  • Liverpool have scored four or more goals in a game on eight occasions this season.


  • Brendan Rodgers' side have scored the first goal in 19 of 25 league games this season.


  • Luis Suarez has scored four goals in four Premier League games against Fulham.


  • Daniel Sturridge scored his only previous Premier League hat-trick in Liverpool's last trip to Craven Cottage, and has netted in each of the last seven league and FA Cup games.
























Source Simon Brotherton at BBCSports
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