2022-23 Premier League: Week One – Fulham vs Liverpool

Fulham celebrate their return to the Premier League with a home clash against Liverpool at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva’s Cottagers are returning to the top-flight after an one-season absence, whilst Liverpool will be looking to get their campaign off to a winning start after they were denied last season’s title by a single point.

 

Team News

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Harry Wilson is ruled out for Fulham after he suffered a knee injury during pre-season.

Nathaniel Chalobah (unspecified) and Joe Bryan (hand) are also ruled out.

Summer signings; Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Kevin Mbabu and Bernd Leno meanwhile are set for their competitive Cottagers debuts.

Liverpool will be without Curtis Jones after the midfielder suffered a calf injury in their final game of pre-season.

Alisson (abdominal), Konstantinos Tsimikas (knock), Ibrahima Konate (unspecified) and Naby Keita (illness) face late fitness tests.

Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Diogo Jota (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh) are ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last two meetings against Liverpool (W1, D1), having lost the previous six clashes beforehand (L6).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four visits to Craven Cottage (W3, D1).
  • Both teams have scored in six of their last seven meetings at Craven Cottage, with exception of a 1-0 home win for Fulham in December 2011.
  • Fulham are looking to go three matches unbeaten against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds for the first time since a four-match run between February 1966 – December 1967.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals in Liverpool’s last five opening weekend fixtures.

 

Prediction

Despite having dominated the Championship last season with attacking football, Fulham now face an immediate early test of where their squad currently stand in terms of Premier League quality but they have spent well with Pereira and Leno set to add some solid Premier League experience.

Liverpool meanwhile don’t seem affected by Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich this summer, particularly given how dangerous they were on the attacking press in their Community Shield victory last weekend, which is a huge marker to lay down to their rivals.

In fact, I am glad that Liverpool haven’t lost their bite in the attacking press because one of Fulham’s biggest issues in their last top-flight season was their defence, meaning that this should be a cracking contest where we see if Fulham’s defence has improved or if Liverpool are the team to beat.

I though am struggling to see past an away win if Liverpool play like they did last weekend, although Fulham hopefully should have improved enough to give them a solid test.

Prediction: Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

Result: Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

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