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Match Preview ~ Fulham welcome Liverpool ~ Prem MD12 20/21

last updated Friday 11th December 2020, 5:49 PM

Match Preview

Fulham vrs Liverpool

Premier League Match Day 12 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 13th December 2020 ~ KO: 16:30

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

Live on SkySports

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss
Jurgen Klopp
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Fulham welcome Champions Liverpool to Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The Cottagers, hovering just one place and one point above the relegation zone, were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City last time out and now face another of the Premier League's big-hitters, with Liverpool going into the weekend sitting joint-top of the table.

Fulham Head Coach Scott Parker's men have lost three of their last four league games and have lost eight times in total already this term - a tally only rock-bottom Sheffield United have the unwanted distinction of beating.

However, both of their wins have come in their last five games and that includes an impressive 2-1 triumph away to Leicester City - the type of result which will boost their confidence heading into these games.

In truth, Fulham might regard three points from successive games against Leicester, Manchester City and Liverpool as a satisfactory return, which should take a certain degree of pressure off getting a result in this game, particularly with Brighton and Newcastle United in their next two after this.

However, Liverpool's away record does offer them a glimmer of hope, even if Parker's side also possess one of the worst home records in the division, with only Sheffield United having picked up fewer points on their own turf.

The main concern for Fulham will be how to keep Liverpool at bay, with the Reds boasting the best attacking record in the division this season compared to Fulham's second-worst defensive record.

West Bromwich Albion are the only team the Cottagers have prevented from scoring this season, so if Fulham are to pull off a major upset this weekend then it seems a safe bet that they will also need to breach the Liverpool defence more than once.

Liverpool could be forgiven for having one eye on Wednesday night's top-of-the-table crunch match with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this game, but Jurgen Klopp has naturally insisted that his side's full focus is on Fulham.

Spurs, who currently sit above Liverpool on goal difference at the summit, are in action in the match immediately before the Reds get underway and so Klopp will know by the time his side kick off whether victory would be enough to take them top.

There is good reason for Klopp to stress the importance of Liverpool not allowing their focus to drift, though; whereas their last two league games at Anfield have seen them record impressive wins over Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, their away form has not been as imperious.

Indeed, across all competitions they have drawn their last three on the road, while you have to go back to September 20 for their last top-flight triumph on their travels.

Since that win over Chelsea, Liverpool have been hammered by Aston Villa and drawn successive matches at Everton, Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, the latter of whom sit just one place above Fulham heading into the weekend.

The Reds have now won three, drawn four and lost four of their last 11 away league games stretching back to last season, having won 17 and lost none of their previous 18, while only four teams in the league this season have picked up fewer points on their travels.

Such a drastic dip in form will no doubt be a concern for Klopp given the impact it could have on his side's title defence, but Liverpool will regard Sunday's match as a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.

Klopp has the best win ratio of any manager to take charge of at least 10 away Premier League games in London, coming out on top in 16 of his 26 such matches, while Liverpool as a team have won their last 18 league games against newly-promoted opposition - the second-longest such run in Premier League history.

The Merseysiders have also won their last six Premier League meetings with Fulham, so the stats suggest that it will be another tricky contest for a Fulham side battling against relegation.

Head to head

  • None of Fulham's 14 Premier League home games against Liverpool have finished level, with the Cottagers winning just five to the Reds' nine.

  • Liverpool have won their last six Premier League meetings with Fulham by an aggregate score of 18-4, since losing both meetings against them in the 2011-12 campaign.

  • Liverpool have scored in both halves in each of their last six Premier League meetings with Fulham - only against Bournemouth (7) have they ever found the net either side of half-time in more consecutive Premier League meetings.
  • Fulham have lost four of their opening five home league matches in a season for the first time.

  • The Whites have conceded seven goals in the first 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season, three more than any other side prior to the weekend.

  • They also have the joint-worst record in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, conceding six unanswered goals.

  • Fulham are winless in 11 Premier League games against the reigning champions since a 3-0 victory versus Manchester United on 19 December 2009.

  • Scott Parker has lost 15 of his 21 top-flight matches since taking charge of Fulham, initially as caretaker manager.

  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has completed 38 dribbles in the Premier League this season, more than any other player after 11 match rounds.

  • Liverpool are winless in their past four Premier League away games (D3, L1).

  • Their solitary away victory this season came at Chelsea in September, and going into this weekend they rank only 16th for most points earned on the road this season.

  • Jurgen Klopp's side can keep back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since June.

  • Liverpool have won their 18 most recent league matches against newly-promoted teams, nine short of the top-flight record set by Chelsea between 2002 and 2006.

  • The Reds are the only club to have scored in all of their Premier League fixtures this season.

  • Mohamed Salah has scored just once in his last 12 Premier League appearances in London, with that strike coming at West Ham in January.

Source Barney Corkhill at Sports Mole
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