Posted on | May 10, 2013 | No Comments
This is one of the few games in the top flight where neither side has anything to play for. In the case of Fulham, this is probably not surprising, with the Cottagers establishing themselves as a solid Premier League outfit over the years. Liverpool on the other hand have attempted to rebuild under Brendan Rodgers this term, but their supporters will feel quite deflated as they prepare for a 7th place finish.
Fulham made wholesale changes to their squad during the summer and it appears as though Martin Jol has been vindicated in these decisions. The Cottagers have hovered around the middle reaches of the table for the whole campaign and as they approach this clash sat in 12th, they have a small opportunity to creep into the top half in the final games of the season. However, in terms of recent form, the Craven Cottage outfit have a dreadful record over the last few weeks and haven’t won in their last six games. Additionally, they have lost five of these clashes, meaning that Jol’s men really have let their standards slip in the closing weeks of the campaign.
While it has been said that opponents Liverpool also don’t really have anything to play for, this isn’t strictly true as they could still leapfrog Everton in 6th if all results go their way over the next week or so. Nevertheless, with five points separating the clubs, one would have to assume that most Reds fans have accepted their current placing of 7th. Just like their opponents, Brendan Rodgers’ men have struggled for victories recently and have won just one of their last five. Admittedly, that win came in grand fashion following a 6-0 thrashing over Newcastle, but apart from that the Anfield outfit have become draw specialists.
In terms of team news, Fulham have a couple of problems heading into the game with Mladen Petric and Steve Sidwell both absent as injury and suspension hinder the duo respectively. It’s a similar story for Liverpool as well, with Steven Gerrard ruled out for the season with a shoulder problem while Luis Suarez is still serving his ten match suspension.
Fulham’s form over the last few weeks has been worrying to say the least and if the season had a little longer to run, there would surely be suspicions that the Cottagers could be another side that would be dragged into the dogfight. Fortunately for them, it’s almost over, but we just can’t see them putting a halt to this form against a Liverpool side who are proving hard to beat. The Reds demonstrated their class against Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and now they are faced with another opponent on a downward spiral, we’ll predict a 2-0 away victory on Sunday.