Liverpool v Fulham Tues 19:45
Fresh from a credible 3-0 victory at Norwich City last time out, Liverpool will be looking for three more Premier League points at home to Fulham on Tuesday evening, as Paddy Power make them odds on for victory, announce free bets and report significant interest on Luis Suarez to continue his recent goal streak.
The Reds will of course have one eye on this weekend’s FA Cup final – they take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday – but it is important for their preparation that they go into this game on the back of a win.
The form of Kenny Dalglish’s men has been very up and down in the league of course, with the win at Carrow Road on Saturday only their second in their last nine Premier League games.
Momentum is now key for Liverpool as they head into their second domestic cup final of the season and this gives Dalglish a bit of a headache when it comes to team selection.
Should he rest his key players against Fulham or play the strongest team possible and look to take three points into the weekend? It seems likely that a balance between the two could be the way forward.
As for Fulham, they are one of a number of teams safe in mid-table and aiming for a top ten finish. Going into this weekend, Martin Jol’s men are 9th in the table and they will be aware that victory on Tuesday takes them level on points with Liverpool.
Looking at the recent form of the Cottagers, they suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Everton last time out and it does seem fair to say that they are a tough team to predict.
When they are at their best, they have one of the most threatening attacks in the league, but they can easily have an off-day and look like a distinctly average outfit.
More often than not this season though, they have been impressive. Jol has added some new faces to a Fulham team that has been together for a while and a top ten finish would be a decent achievement for them.
When these two teams met earlier in the season, Fulham managed a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage and Liverpool will be after revenge. The home side will also be after only their second league win at Anfield in 2012.
Overall, this should be a tight contest between two teams that don’t have too much to play for in the league. This doesn’t take anything away from how much three points mean though, so brace yourself for a competitive contest on Tuesday evening.