Fulham FC earned their way back into the Premier League last season when they defeated Luton Town, 7-0, to secure the EFL Championship title. However, the West London club is in for an arduous welcome back to top-tier English football when they take on Liverpool during the EPL’s opening weekend. Jürgen Klopp led the Reds to the Champions League final last season while challenging Manchester City until the final week for the Premier League trophy – only to come up short. The Cottagers have bounced back and forth between promotion and relegation since 2018, while Liverpool is a perennial contender for the best club in the world. Is it possible that Fulham, who enters the match with home-pitch advantage, can keep the match close? Or will Liverpool ensure that it is a long afternoon at Craven Cottage?
Fulham comes in as a +850 underdog, which may entice the occasional lottery bettor. However, there is no legitimate reason to gamble on a loss for Liverpool, who can likely win this match with their second team. The Reds have scored three, four, and six goals in their three previous opening fixtures. Liverpool will likely come out of the gate with that same intensity versus Fulham, who will face a baptism by fire upon their promotion to the Premier League. Mohammad Salah, Diego Jota, and Darwin Núñez are a handful for any competitive club to deal with and will surely be too much for the Cottagers on their home pitch. Look for Liverpool to grab a lead before halftime and add to it as the match progresses. Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović had a terrific season in 2021-22, scoring 43 times with 7 assists. However, his efforts in the Championship are unlikely to transfer to the Premier League.
That said, Fulham scores the majority of their goals within the first 30 minutes of the match, with Mitrović as their most lethal option. So if Liverpool can smother the Cottagers early and mark out Mitrović, they will likely have smooth sailing. Liverpool center back Virgil van Dijk carried a 62% clean sheet rate last season with an aerial success rate in the 92nd percentile. At the same time, fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold ranked in the 79th percentile in interceptions. The Reds’ Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker should have no issue holding Fulham scoreless on the road. Last season, a 75.3% save rate in the Premier League led to a clean sheet percentage in the 98th percentile. The 29-year-old also finished with a 98th percentile performance in defensive actions outside the penalty area, and the 88th percentile in crosses stopped.
Salah will be the defensive focus for Fulham. However, with Sadio Mané no longer with Liverpool, Núñez, the 22-year-old Uruguayan star, was brought in from Benfica as their primary striker. Salah relies on volume and penalty kicks to supplant his goal totals for the Reds. In contrast, Núñez uses his blazing speed in open space and elite finishing ability, outperforming his expected goal total by nearly 40 percent. Look for Núñez to take advantage of a soft matchup in the opener to get his season off on the right foot. The center forward generated a goal involvement every 74 minutes last season and will look to overwhelm the Fulham defense.
Fulham vs. Liverpool Prediction
Liverpool 3-0 Fulham
Liverpool will begin their march toward a Premier League championship run by shutting down Fulham on the road. The Reds hold every advantage on the pitch and should be able to tie up a clean sheet victory while tallying several goals in the process. Liverpool begin their season this weekend, as they face Manchester City in the Community Shield. A week later, they start their busy Premier League campaign away to promotion side Fulham, only to play another match against Aston Villa 24 hours later. Following last season’s incredible run where they played every possible match, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a similar year this time around. However, burnout was clear to see towards the end of the season, something the manager has been vocal about on many occasions.
This season introduces the Premier League has introduced the five sub rule for the first time, which will ease up on playing time for the players. As the World Cup is scheduled for winter too this year, it will become vital that the players are looked after. Another season like last year for Liverpool may be too much of an ask, but Jurgen Klopp will ensure to use his squad players as much as possible, as he looks to add more trophies to the cabinet. The Liverpool attack, led by Salah, Jota, and Núñez, will overwhelm the Fulham defense. If the Cottagers focu on one player, they will get burned by the others. I expect Núñez to be efficient and surgical in his debut for the Reds, opening up the Liverpool offense even further once Fulham shifts their attention to stopping him.
Fulham is going head to head with Liverpool starting on 6 Aug 2022 at 11:30 UTC at Craven Cottage stadium, London city, England. The match is a part of the Premier League. Currently, Fulham rank 9th, while Liverpool hold 20th position. Looking to compare the best-rated player on both teams? rating system assigns each player a specific rating based on numerous data factors. On livescore you can find all previous Fulham vs Liverpool results sorted by their H2H matches. also provides the best way to follow the live score of this game with various sports features. Get real-time information on which team is dominating the match using the Attack Momentum Follow detailed.
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NAME: Fulham – Liverpool
DATE: 6 Aug 2022
TIME: 11:30 UTC
VENUE: Craven Cottage, London,England