Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Liverpool will be looking to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Chelsea when they take on Fulham in yet another home fixture. The Reds have been struggling in the Premier League ever since Virgil van Dijk suffered a serious injury, with the team sitting in 7th position in the standings ahead of Matchday 27. Jurgen Klopp’s troops are desperate to get back on course, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Fulham.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, suffered a 1-0 loss to Tottenham in their last league match, but their display in the local derby was anything but poor. Scott Parker’s men are eager to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that they were beaten by Liverpool in six of the previous seven meetings between the two clubs, we are tempted to put our money on the title holders. Matip, Van Dijk, Gomez, and Henderson remain on the sidelines for the hosts, while Tom Cairney is injured for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Xherdan Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012.
Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage.
Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Premier League. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition, but managed to return in season 2018/2019.
Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight.
Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League.
The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.