It is just incredible to look at the situation of both of these clubs ahead of this game, with Liverpool sat just three points and one position above their opponents. It’s certainly been a miserable campaign for the Reds, yet it is a completely different story for Fulham as the Cottagers occupy a top half placing despite working on a fraction of a budget than the home side.
Even though Liverpool have endured a horrific season, some of their supporters may be more optimistic following recent fixtures. The Reds breezed past Norwich in 3-0 fashion in their last clash and while they did lose to West Brom in the game prior to that, they were undoubtedly the better side and had an unbelievable number of clear cut chances. With that, their supporters will be hoping that they can replicate such performances and take them into their fast approaching FA Cup tie with Chelsea. With the Anfield outfit not destined to finish higher than 7th in the table, a cup victory would be ideal for the club and at least provide them with two trophies to boast about for the campaign.
Fulham in contrast have enjoyed a fabulous season and if they play their cards right, the Cottagers could find themselves competing with their opponents for 7th place. At the moment, Martin Jol’s side sit in 9th position although with the top flight being so tight, they have the ideal opportunity to improve on that in the final few weeks of the season. However, if they are to do this they will want to avoid a repeat of their last outing, whereby the Cottagers were thumped 4-0 by high flying Everton. It has to be said that this result came somewhat out of the blue, as before that Jol’s team had put together an impressive four game unbeaten run. However, with the Craven Cottage outfit losing three of their last four games on the road, their supporters are likely to be extremely cautious ahead of a trip to Anfield.
With Liverpool’s league campaign seemingly over, it will come as no surprise to hear that the Reds are set to rest several players ahead of their upcoming FA Cup final. Kenny Dalglish still has a decision to make on Andy Carroll though, with the former Newcastle man back in contention having missed the last clash due to a groin injury. Fulham on the other hand have been handed a huge boost in relation to their manager, with Martin Jol returning to oversee proceedings having been absent in the Cottager’s last clash due to chest infection. However, the Craven Cottage outfit may have to be without Stephen Kelly and Andy Johnson as the duo struggle on the treatment table.
In terms of a prediction, we think this clash could end in a draw. Even though Liverpool appear to be turning a corner, the fact that they could rest players for this encounter could be hugely significant and we therefore think the visitors will get a point – 1-1.