This is the kind of dead rubber that is often thrown up towards the end of the season, with Liverpool languishing eighth in the table, their minds firmly on Saturday’s FA Cup final. Opponent’s Fulham’s Premier League status is assured for another season with only pride and prize money to play for. Yet despite the seeming insignificance of the tie there is still money to be made from it here preview Trans7.
The impending Cup final will surely impact upon Kenny Dalgish’s selection for this game, with the likes of Steven Gerrard unlikely to be risked just days before the defining moment of the Merseysiders’ season. This makes the 4/7 (1.57) by Bet365 for a Liverpool win look highly unappealing, especially when you consider the Reds have won a paltry five league matches of the 17 they have played at Anfield this season. While Fulham’s form on the road has been far from exemplary, the various factors against Liverpool make the 10/3 (4.33) offered for Fulham Draw No Bet, looks extremely attractive. One win in their last seven home games, including defeats to Wigan and West Brom, make backing Liverpool almost impossible and give credence to the notion that Fulham can get something from their trip to Merseyside.
The “Draw No Bet” for the visitors looks the best way to go, and should the game end as a draw (as two of the last three meetings between these sdies at Anfield have) you will get your money back. This caveat makes investing in a value bet all the more worthwhile and the 12/1 (13.00) offered for Draw/Fulham in the half time/full time market appeals greatly. More than half on Liverpool’s home games have been draws at half time and the longer the game continues as a stalemate, the more Reds’ players will think about Saturday’s FA Cup final and preserving energy and fitness for that encounter. That is when Fulham can take advantage.