Liverpool have a flawless record in west London since Kenny Dalglish’s return to the dugout in January and are a handsome 6/5 to maintain it with victory away to Fulham on Monday night.
The Reds claimed their third win in ten months at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and their last trip to Craven Cottage ended in a 5-2 rout, so odds greater than evens on them delivering once more should prove difficult to resist.
It hasn’t just been in the posh part of the capital that they have impressed of late either, having gone 11 games without defeat in all competitions since being humbled by Tottenham in December and enjoyed six straight travelling triumphs.
Their chances of extending that sequence are boosted by Fulham’s uncertain form, which sees them heading into this encounter in 16th place.
Whereas the Cottagers entered their last home tie with Liverpool unbeaten in seven Premier League fixtures as hosts, they have won one in eight since. Dalglish’s side have prevailed on three of their last four visits and have to be fancied again.
Though the last meeting between these two featured seven goals, Liverpool’s success on the road in recent months has come in a far more conventional way: keeping things tight at the back and acting decisively on the break.
They have kept clean sheets in half of their league outings and on each occasion achieved a 2-0 win, with that also being the margin that they saw off Chelsea by in the Carling Cup.
Odds of 4/5 on under 2.5 goals, 7/4 on the Liverpool clean sheet and 12/5 on them winning to nil therefore all appeal, as does the 9/1 on 2-0 again being the final score.
Maxi Rodriguez got a hat-trick in this clash last season and has broken the deadlock in his team’s last two away matches so looks the value bet in the first goalscorer market at 10/1.