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Fulham vs. Liverpool

Craven Cottage

09/05/11

20:00

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After two resounding 3-0 victories, one at home to Bolton Wanderers and the other away to Sunderland, we welcome Liverpool to Craven Cottage this Monday evening.

Vital Quotes:

There are only three games to go of this season but three wins will see us reach our highest ever Premier League points total, something Mark Hughes is well aware of when he says,

"If we get maximum points out of every game we have left then I think that's the highest total ever that a Fulham team has reached in the Premier League.'

'So that's a challenge for us and that's something that we'll use as a motivation going into these last three games.'

'It could've been easy to switch off after the Bolton result, to be fair, because we were safe or near as damn it.'

'But I didn't see any inkling that that's what the players were feeling when we went up against Sunderland.'

'So it's more of the same for the games we have remaining."

Fulham Team News:

Mark Hughes rested Dempsey and Hangeland last weekend, we suspect that both will make the starting eleven this week, as will, we hope, Aaron Hughes who is still on track to play in every Premier League game this season.

But there`s bad news for Damien Duff who is now set to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his Achilles problem. Also not rumoured to be available are Gera and Halliche.

Player to watch: Simon Davies

Has hit a vein of goal scoring form on his return to the starting eleven, can he keep it going is the big question?

Liverpool Team News:

Since taking over from Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish has transformed the fortunes of Liverpool. Transfer deadline day saw Torres depart and Carroll and Suarez arrive, all in big money deals.

On Monday though Liverpool will be without the influential Gerrard who has had groin surgery, Also missing will be Agger and Kelly. Rated as doubtful are Aurelio and Jovanovic

Player to watch: Luis Suarez

Shown, in his few appearances since joining in January, that he`s going to be a real hit with the Anfield faithful.

Match Facts & Stats

Last time Liverpool came to Craven Cottage they were given a sound 3-1 beating, unfortunately that is our only victory over them in our last seven meetings and in six of them we`ve failed to score!

Our home form remains good though having won six of the last seven with Blackburn being the only team to get on the score-sheet.

Ref Watch:

Our officials are: Referee - Lee Mason Assistants - Stephen Child and Simon Long Fourth Official - Kevin Friend

Match Prediction:

Liverpool`s form has improved dramatically since Roy Hodgson was axed and Kenny Dalglish was given the managers role, albeit still on a temporary basis. But Fulham have nothing to fear from this Liverpool side, they are beatable and with us being on our own good run of form I reckon we can nail emerge winners, 2-1 sounds about right!

Next Fixtures:

It`s our last away game, and our penultimate fixture, next weekend when we visit St Andrews to take on Birmingham City.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 8 2011

Time: 7:14PM

Your Comments

This will be a real test for lads. I am confident we can something out of this. Carrol was useless against us when we played Newcastle earlier in the season, albeit he didn't have Suarez next to him. I'm going for 1-0 win.
Riverside Chanter
No idea about this one. I'll say 1-1 draw for lack of any real prediction.
Teddy_KGB
suarez or raul mireles will get one, as will zamora... 1-1, but an entertaining game...
woodysweats
would another 3 0 to fulham not be very nice bring king keny down to earth come on lads do it for roy
truth sayer ffc
 

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