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Fulham vs. Liverpool

Craven Cottage

04/04/09

17:30

Liverpool (h) Preview

After a two week sojourn, courtesy of international football, since we beat Manchester United on that wonderful Saturday afternoon, our Premier League season resumes with another top notch fixture. This time the opponents at Craven Cottage are Sir Alex Ferguson`s title chasing rivals, Liverpool. Can we maintain our excellent home form against yet another of the big-four?

Vital Quotes:

And here we were thinking Liverpool were full of confidence! It seems Stevie Gerrard is a little nervous when he moans,

"Maybe because they don`t have as many internationals as us, they might be fresher. We know they will be up for it - they are chasing a European place, so there is something riding on this game for them.

I guess we`ll have to wait and see!

Fulham Team News:

With the squad being as small as it is, there`s every possibility that Roy Hodgson will select a very familiar starting eleven. Simon Davies overcame an injury that was to possibly keep him out of the Welsh fixture with Germany and we believe everybody else, on international duty, has returned without any niggling worries.

Therefore, expect the starting eleven to resemble,

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Johnson and Zamora

Player to watch: Danny Murphy

After once again upsetting the apple-cart as far as Manchester United go, can the former Liverpool player get one over on his old team mates and strike another blow in our charge for Europe? We`d certainly like to think so.

Liverpool Team News:

With a huge Champions League clash with Chelsea beckoning it`ll be interesting to see the starting eleven Rafa Benitez puts out. Unlike in other seasons matters have not been affected by an ongoing Premier League challenge.

One who`ll definitely be starting is their Argentine midfielder, Mascaranos, who is suspended from the Chelsea fixture. Benayoun and Hyypia are both out with injuries.

As for the possible selection of a starting eleven, you try when they`ve got in excess of 60 players in their squad.

Player to watch: Steven Gerrard

The pride of Anfield seems to be dragging his team towards the Premier League title. His scoring prowess, playing from a role behind the strikers, has troubled many-a-team and we`ll need to be aware of his counter-attacking ability and long range shooting.

Match Facts & Stats

Strangely enough, in Premier League fixtures between the two sides at Craven Cottage there have been no draws, Liverpool have won 4 and Fulham have won 3

In all league fixtures between the two on Fulham home soil, the record is just as close with Fulham having won 7, Liverpool having won 8 with 6 draws.

Earlier this season Fulham carved out a fine 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Last season Liverpool won 2-0 in the corresponding fixture.

Ref Watch:

Steve Orpington, from Kent, will take charge.

Match Prediction:

I`m of the opinion that Liverpool will present a far greater challenge than Manchester United did. United arrived at Craven Cottage in good form but were nicking games by the odd goal on the back of keeping a clean sheet. Liverpool, on the other hand, are scoring freely, as Real Madrid and Aston Villa will testify. Roy Hodgson will need to ensure that we don`t commit too many men forward leaving ourselves open to the lightening counter-attacks that Liverpool can launch. We`ll also need to be aware of the long ball, out of defence, from Reina that has seen both United and Villa come unstuck in recent fixtures. If we can do all of that then there`s no reason, given a bit of luck; that we`ll not be smiling on Saturday night having at least taken a share of the spoils and kept our remarkable record against the top-four sides intact.

Next Fixtures:

A trip to Eastlands to play Manchester City beckons next.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 3 2009

Time: 4:25PM

Your Comments

In hind-sight, I wouldn't be surprised if we dropped points here. They beat us here last season when we needed a victory, and to be fair, they didn't. And now, we don't need a win, and they do! Pessimism goes a long way!
KBFulham
In hind-sight, I wouldn't be surprised if we dropped points here. They beat us here last season when we needed a victory, and to be fair, they didn't. And now, we don't need a win, and they do! Pessimism goes a long way!
KBFulham
Ahh, yes - Pessimism! Firm believer in it. It's done us well of late. Expect nothing and be overjoyed when our boys prove us wrong.
Samboney
Ahh, yes - Pessimism! Firm believer in it. It's done us well of late. Expect nothing and be overjoyed when our boys prove us wrong.
Samboney
Haha. It worked wonders against Man U!!
KBFulham
Haha. It worked wonders against Man U!!
KBFulham
they may be a bit too overwhelming for us this time out...
woodysweats
they may be a bit too overwhelming for us this time out...
woodysweats
Yeh. They're on quite a tear, recently. If we concede early, it's all over. If we can hold them through the half, then maybe we have a chance of getting a point.
Samboney
Yeh. They're on quite a tear, recently. If we concede early, it's all over. If we can hold them through the half, then maybe we have a chance of getting a point.
Samboney
Loving the pessimism...
KBFulham
Loving the pessimism...
KBFulham
Maybe we are more hungry for Europe than Liverpool are for the championship
fullcircle
Maybe we are more hungry for Europe than Liverpool are for the championship
fullcircle
Can you do it again? I think Liverpool will come into this game with a different mind set than the rags. Fancy you for a point though.
Thaibluefan
Can you do it again? I think Liverpool will come into this game with a different mind set than the rags. Fancy you for a point though.
Thaibluefan
Cheers thaiblue....hopefully we will get that point too!!
KBFulham
Cheers thaiblue....hopefully we will get that point too!!
KBFulham
Even though i was wrng wit the MAN U game i fink once agin we are in over our heads but i hope we get respect out of it!!!
Carbz #13
Even though i was wrng wit the MAN U game i fink once agin we are in over our heads but i hope we get respect out of it!!!
Carbz #13
So, no victory predictions then....
KBFulham
So, no victory predictions then....
KBFulham
suprised putney has sat on the fence, he's usually bold with his predictions!
Al Billy
suprised putney has sat on the fence, he's usually bold with his predictions!
Al Billy
just got this gut feeling this time around!
Putney
just got this gut feeling this time around!
Putney
Oh dear! Gut feelings are the worst! Let's hope you're wrong...:D
KBFulham
Oh dear! Gut feelings are the worst! Let's hope you're wrong...:D
KBFulham
that's last night's Vindaloo methinks!
Al Billy
that's last night's Vindaloo methinks!
Al Billy
Haha...didn't know Putney was a curry fan!!
KBFulham
Haha...didn't know Putney was a curry fan!!
KBFulham
So...pessimism backfired! :D
KBFulham
So...pessimism backfired! :D
KBFulham
 

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