Liverpool v Fulham latest odds – Cottagers crying out for home comforts

Over the past few seasons, Fulham have established a reputation for being bad travellers. It happened under Roy Hodgson, then under Mark Hughes and it appears Martin Jol has done little to improve fortunes on the road.

The Cottagers have been involved in several entertaining away matches this season, especially that 3-3 draw at the Emirates although that ended up with Arsenal missing a last minute penalty and the west London side still ended up conceding three.

Last weekend, Fulham suffered the ignominy of becoming the first team to lose against QPR this season although it was bad timing for the visitors who faced a Rangers side starting to get their confidence back under new manager Harry Redknapp.

Jol’s team now head to Merseyside on Saturday looking for their second away win of the campaign and can be backed at 6/1 to claim a victory which would consign Liverpool to back-to-back home defeats.

The worrying thing for Fulham is that they are shipping an average of two goals per away game and the Reds will be looking to make amends for an insipid performance against Aston Villa which saw the Midlands team claim a 3-1 win at Anfield that few were predicting.

This defeat once again exposed Liverpool as being nothing more than a mid-table Premier League team this season despite daft quotes from Brendan Rodgers that the Merseyside outfit could feasibly finish in the top two of the Premier league.

The Reds are already 20 points behind leaders Manchester United and many punters might be swerving the 4/7 about the home side winning this Saturday evening game, even if Fulham are a travel-sick bunch that might be simply happy with a draw.

Luis Suarez will be looking to get back on the scoresheet after a barren few games and the Uruguayan is a 7/2 chance to score the first of this particular contest, while Dimitar Berbatov is on offer at 10/1 for the visitors and the goals have also dried up for the Bulgarian in recent weeks.

Rodgers will certainly be keen to batten down the hatches as far as the defence is concerned and a 1-0 win in Liverpool’s favour looks the most probable outcome, with Fulham potentially going into the Christmas schedule looking over their shoulders as teams like QPR close the gap on their west London rivals.