Liverpool vs. Fulham: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool high fives Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Liverpool came back down to earth a bit last weekend, as the side were beaten by a superior Arsenal side, 2-0, in a clash between two teams at the top of the table. This week, they'll look to get back on track after maintaining their spot in third place despite the disappointing performance. 

Fulham are in the midst of a dry spell, having lost their past three matches in all competitions by a combined score of 9-4. Erasing their points drought won't be easy at Anfield, however, and the Cottagers will need a bit of magic to steal points in this one.

Let's take a closer look at what appears to be a mismatch on paper.  

 

When: Saturday, November 9 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. GMT)

Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England

Watch: NBC Sports Live Extra

Odds: Liverpool (66 percent), Fulham (13.5 percent) and draw (20.5 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Sascha Riether of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge on September 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Fulham already come into this match undermanned, as Sascha Riether has been banned three games by the FA for stomping on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj in Fulham's last match. Not a good start for the Cottagers.

The team will also be without striker Hugo Rodallega, out five to six weeks with a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers continues his, ahem, subtle campaign to keep Luis Suarez at Liverpool beyond this year. Here are his latest comments, via Richard Jolly of ESPN:

Looking at Luis and speaking to him, he is as happy as he has ever been. He recognizes we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there [the top four] this year. Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that.

He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high. He sees a genuine chance for us to make that. He is happy here.

From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player. If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won’t.”

To be fair to Rodgers, it sure seems as though Suarez is content at the moment, as he has six goals and an assist in Premier League play. Alongside Daniel Sturridge (eight goals and two assists in 10 matches) and Philippe Coutinho (recently returned from injury), he helps form one of the league's most dangerous attacks.

Liverpool are currently third in goals scored with 17, trailing only Manchester City (a whopping 28 goals scored) and Arsenal (22).

That's bad news for a Fulham team that have given up 15 goals this year, 16th in the league.

 

Prediction

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Steven Gerrard (C) of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his 100th Premier League goal and his team's first with team-mates Jordan Henderson (R) and Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match between Ne
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It's hard to paint a pretty picture for Fulham. Liverpool are the better team, they play at home, they're coming off a disappointing loss and they have plenty of attackers to exploit a poor Fulham defense. There really isn't a good argument as to why Fulham could potentially pull off the upset. 

Expect the Reds to roll in this one, folks. Liverpool win, 3-0.

 

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