EPL Betting: Are Reds coming good at right time?
Liverpool's rearguard has been unexpectedly leaky in recent weeks, not keeping a clean sheet in any competition since mid-March's defeat of Everton.
Lee Dixon thinks a Steven Gerrard-powered reinvigorated Liverpool will have too much for Fulham at home.
These two teams experienced hugely contrasting weekends, with Liverpool winning handsomely at Norwich shortly after Fulham had been embarrassed at Goodison Park.
With Liverpool 1.68 to win, the odds say there'll be more of the same on Tuesday, but the Merseyside giants have not it all their own way at Anfield this year and Fulham have shown themselves capable of pulling off the odd big win. Let's see if we can pick out some solid bets ahead of this Tuesday nighter under the Anfield floodlights...
As I mentioned, it's not been the finest season for Liverpool but Kenny Dalglish will be looking to round out a tricky campaign in style with wins in the league's remaining fixtures and more importantly next weekend's FA Cup final.
For me, Liverpool's problems this season stem from the midfield where recent signings have disappointed and key performers have been injured. Charlie Adam, now out for the season, has not performed while Stewart Downing simply hasn't done enough. Jordan Henderson is a good player, and I think he'll be a success, but he's sometimes looked overawed.
So, the Liverpool faithful must be delighted to have Steven Gerrard back now and they will be praying that Lucas Leiva comes back repaired and ready for next season. Gerrard's return, and the fact that Fulham have never won at Anfield in the Premier League (thanks for that stat, Opta!), gives me enough confidence to get behind Liverpool for a second win in four days.
Under 2.5 Goals
Luis Suarez's hat-trick at Norwich was a thing of beauty, but apart from him few of the men in red look like having goals in them - the Paraguayan has scored five of Liverpool's last eight. I don't think we're in for a hatful and I will be taking odds-against on under 2.5 goals accordingly.
Liverpool Clean Sheet
Liverpool's rearguard has been unexpectedly leaky in recent weeks, not keeping a clean sheet in any competition since mid-March's defeat of Everton. That must make Saturday's shutout of Norwich even sweeter, especially considering the Canaries have been regular scorers at home in their first season back in the Premier League. I like the look of the Liverpool back four and I think another clean sheet can be secured against Martin Jol's outfit.