Sat 9 Nov 2013 15:00 – Liverpool v Fulham (Anfield)

Referee: Michael Jones

Liverpool have been impressive at home this season and have won all their games apart from the defeat to Southampton, when they were beaten by a single goal. Fulham’s away record does not look too bad at first glance, with two wins out of five games, but those victories came against the bottom two teams. They lost the remaining three away fixtures without scoring a goal.

Liverpool will be without their influential captain Steven Gerrard but are hoping to welcome back Johnson and Enrique to the squad. New signing Iago Aspas is also absent with a thigh strain. Fulham are still without Hugo Rodellega but Hangeland could be available for selection.

Liverpool’s goal tally has been rising since the return of Suarez and they currently score an average of 1.8 goals per game. Defensively they are fairly solid and have conceded an average of 0.6 goals at home. Fulham’s average of a goal a game on the road is slightly distorted by the fact that they scored four of those away to Crystal Palace; they have only scored one goal in their other four away matches.

Liverpool tend to win and concede around 6.5 corners per game at home and 80% of those games have 10.5 corners or more. Fulham only win about 3.2 corners away from home and conceded an average of 9.4 with an average of 12.6 in total per match. From the stats it can be expected that this game will have more than 10.5 corners.

The reds have had a good start to the season and their home form has been a big part of that. Fulham have only won away from home against the bottom two clubs and it is hard to predict anything other than a home win in this game.

Match prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

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