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Rupert Wyman 4th Dec 2011 - 20:02

Liverpool just love West London

The Monday night Premier League game features Liverpool and Fulham. The Scousers will be well rested after their Carling Cup victory at Chelsea and they will look fondly on a trip to West London after two victories over the Blues down south of late.

Fulham are 12/5 to win the clash, the draw is 9/4 and the Liverpool away win is 23/20. Liverpool are better away from home and Fulham have won just one of six Premier League games at the Cottage this season.

I think that any price on the better side of even money for Liverpool to win looks a shrewd bet. Liverpool have an extra incentive to win, a victory would be their seventh consecutive victory on the road in all competitions, equalling a club record.

If selected by Jol, Fulham's Norwegian full-back John Arne Riise will be lining up against his old club for the first time. He is 20/1 to score first and 7/1 anytime. He will be up against Craig Bellamy for the first time at club level since their high-profile bust-up.

Bellamy lost control with Riise in an incident involving a golf club on a team bonding trip to Portugal in 2007. Bellamy is a quick, sharp and tidy player and he is not scared of taking on his opponents. He is 6/1 to score the first goal in the tie.

Last year's fixture between these two teams at Craven Cottage ended 5-2 to Liverpool with Maxi Rodriguez bagging a hat-trick (66/1).

Both teams to score is 10/11 and over 2.5 goals is 23/20.It could be a goalfest, Liverpool will want all three points and they will not play like a typical away side.

They will counter Fulham and they have plenty of pace. It looks a big price, considering Liverpool have scored four goals in two games, in the last month in West London. Four or more Liverpool goals is 16/1 and Fulham had a tricky tie away at Twente on Thursday and they may be fatigued.

Tottenham came to the Cottage in early November and won with ease. Liverpool's problem is that they are without  Lucas Leiva for the rest of the season. His place will be taken by the bit part player Jay Spearing.

The Wirral born 23-year-old should be getting plenty of Premier League football for the rest of the season. The Fulham captain Danny Murphy will be lining up against his old club and some of his best days were spent on Merseyside.

He regularly takes the set pieces and he is 20/1 to be the first scorer. Fulham are struggling this season and it is due to their dual European and Premier League commitments.

Liverpool are the form side and after the weekend's results, you have to side with the Reds. They are better away from home and the Kop and they need to get results, if they want Champions League football next season. Get on the 23/20 before it is all gobbled up!

 

 
 
 

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