Fulham vs. Liverpool Sunday Premier League Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions (Dec. 13)
John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images. Pictured: Fulham standout Ademola Lookman.
- Reigning champion Liverpool takes on Fulham in Sunday's Premier League action.
- The Reds, who are currently in second place, have been troubled by injuries all season long.
- Matthew Trebby explains why he thinks the Cottagers can hang around in this fixture below.
Fulham vs. Liverpool Odds
|Fulham Odds||+750 [BET NOW]|
|Liverpool Odds||-315 [BET NOW]|
|Draw||+475 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||3.5 (+112/-139) [BET NOW]|
|Time||11:30 a.m. ET|
The reigning Premier League champion travels to London on Sunday to face Fulham, with Liverpool looking to keep pace with Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table.
The Reds have been hit by a nasty injury bug this season, losing players all over the pitch for extended periods. Meanwhile, the host Cottagers appear to be gaining more of an identity every week and can’t be considered a relegation favorite anymore.
Let’s find the value:
The Cottagers aren’t a good team just yet, but they’re playing slightly better than expected. (That’s not saying much.)
Fulham was expected to go right back down to the Championship again this season because of a leaky defense and lack of significant spending prior to the campaign. The Cottagers have allowed 21 goals through 11 games (third most in the league), but have shown signs of life of late.
Winless in its first seven games, Fulham have won two of its last five games against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City. The victory over the Foxes, which came at King Power Stadium, was truly an impressive outing and delivered all three points via a 2-1 result.
In those last five games, the Cottagers were also unlucky to come away empty handed in an away fixture against West Ham after a terrible penalty kick from Ademola Lookman was easily saved in stoppage time.
To his credit, Lookman has been a strong addition on the wing for manager Scott Parker. He complements striker Alexander Mitrovic well (whenever the Serbian can manage to be fit and available), as does Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan from Chelsea.
The Reds are in a tough spot in terms of squad depth entering this game. Already without center backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, the duo has been joined on the sideline by Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Those players now have more company in ailing new signing Diogo Jota, who has reportedly been ruled out for the next two months due to a knee injury. That is a big blow for a Liverpool team that has depended on the Portuguese attacker early and often this season.
Good news comes in the form of a potential return for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could be in the squad for the first time this campaign.
Liverpool enter the weekend level on points with Spurs atop the league table. Jurgen Klopp’s team has dropped points from four games already this season, but is still favored to retain its crown.
The Reds are the league’s top scorers on 26 goals through 11 games, with their 17 goals allowed seem to be a bit misleading. Ten of those goals allowed came from games against Leeds United and Aston Villa, the latter of which was one of the flukier performances you’ll see all season.
Liverpool held Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolves to just two goals in their past three league games, and it was shockingly fortunate to get a point against the Seagulls.
Fulham have scored in each of its past three home games, the latter two of which saw the club put in a pair of goals against West Brom and Everton. Meanwhile, Liverpool has drawn in its last three games away from Anfield.
It’s a bad time for Klopp to be dealing with all these injuries given Liverpool’s fixture congestion. They are playing twice every week because of the truncated Champions League group stage and upcoming holiday fixtures. This will be the Reds’ seventh game in 21 days, with a massive game against Tottenham looming on Wednesday.
Klopp’s team is not one to look ahead, but given Liverpool’s latest performances (xG outputs of 0.28 — you read that correctly — against Brighton and 1.59 against Wolves) and their its problems, this is a good spot to find some value on the Cottagers.
Betting it outright might be a bit too much, but Fulham plus-1.5 at minus-106 on DraftKings. Taking all factors into consideration, that’s pretty good value. Fulham is rested and relatively fit, especially compared to Liverpool, and it will be looking for a signature result.
Expect a fun game at Craven Cottage. If Fulham avoids conceding multiple goals in the first 30 minutes, I like their chances of really frustrating the Reds.
Pick: Fulham +1.5 (-106)