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Fulham v Liverpool - Cottagers Confidential Preview

Fulham could do with a win as Liverpool come to town - but can we expect any radical line-up changes?

Clive Brunskill

The end is nigh, as Fulham line-up for their last home game of the season against a resurgent Liverpool side.

Fulham form

A 4-2 home defeat to Reading has left a sour taste in the Craven Cottage camp and has left Fulham without a win in six - a run that has included four straight defeats. The somewhat hefty dip in form has left Martin Jol worrying about a relegation, with the whites only sitting five points above the drop, but it would take something of a miracle to suck Fulham down into the Championship on 40 points.

Liverpool form

The Reds haven't lost since March 16th and have hit some good form of late, culminating in a 6-0 thumping of Newcastle United on their own turf. It was as much a sign of Newcastle's decline as it was Liverpool's strength but the Merseysiders showed just what they can do when in full swing.


Just before Christmas, Liverpool were again in full swing and brushed us aside with a 4-0 win, though we did manage to do the double over the Anfield side last season, winning 1-0 on each occasion.

In our history, we have won 10, drawn 13 and lost 34 of our matches with Liverpool.

Key quotes

Urby Emanuelson: "We've been on a disappointing run lately, and we know that we have to put that right. That's something that we all want to do, that is the focus. The defeat against Reading last Saturday was a bad result - we're better than that.

"It was a difficult one to take, especially at home where you want to be doing better because you're in front of all your fans. We know they were frustrated and hopefully we can make it up to them with a strong finish to the season.

"We have two games left to make that happen, two games that we know will be tough because Liverpool and Swansea City are both good sides. It's important that we finish well, though, it will lift the Club going into the summer months."

Team news

Mladen Petric returns to action after missing the Reading game while there is no other team news of note. Mahamadou Diarra, Ashkan Dejagah and Simon Davies remain sidelined.

Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Martin Kelly and Daniel Agger will not play a part for the away side, while Luis Suarez is suspended.

Cottagers Confidential line-up

Schwarzer; Richardson, Hughes, Hangeland, Riether; Emanuelson, Enoh, Ruiz, Duff; Rodallega, Berbatov

Cottagers Confidential score prediction

Fulham 1-0 Liverpool