13 December 2020 14:42
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday and could go back top of the Premier League with a win against Fulham, depending on Tottenham Hotspur's result against Crystal Palace earlier in the day. The Merseyside club have lost just once in the Premier League so far this season, so will be confident of picking up three points against a Fulham side battling relegation. Despite Alisson returning to training this week, the Reds might be better served keeping faith in Caoimhin Kelleher in goal, in the hope that the Brazilian is definitely fit to face Tottenham Hotspur in the top-of-the-table clash next Wednesday. After captaining the side in midweek, Trent Alexander-Arnold drops to the bench in place of Neco Williams, as he has only just returned from injury so should be rested ahead of the game against Spurs. This is a must-win game for the Reds if they want to keep the pressure at the top of the table but considering the importance of next week's game at Anfield against Tottenham, Klopp must rest players where he can against Fulham, in the hope that his players can still deliver three points.
Saints won both meetings last season and could record three consecutive victories in this fixture for the first time since a four-match sequence in 1950. Southampton's tally of 20 points from their opening 11 matches is five more than their combined total at this stage of the previous two seasons. Saints have scored at least twice in six successive top-flight home games, their longest such run since a club record eight-match sequence in 1984. Danny Ings has been directly involved in eight goals in eight Premier League appearances this season, scoring six and assisting two. The Blades have made the second worst start in the history of the English top flight, with only Manchester United having taken fewer points from their opening 11 games (they had zero in 1930-31).
Crystal Palace have equalled their highest points tally after 11 matches of a Premier League season. Roy Hodgson's side had scored a league-high five goals inside the opening 15 minutes of games prior to the weekend. Wilfried Zaha has scored seven goals in nine league games for Palace in 2020-21. The Premier League leaders are unbeaten in 10 games, winning seven and drawing three. Liverpool have won six successive Premier League games against Fulham, scoring 18 goals and conceding just four times.
Liverpool are winless in their past four Premier League away games (D3, L1). Liverpool have won their 18 most recent league matches against newly-promoted teams, nine short of the top-flight record set by Chelsea between 2002 and 2006. The Reds are the only club to have scored in all of their Premier League fixtures this season. Mohamed Salah has scored just once in his last 12 Premier League appearances in London, with that strike coming at West Ham in January Arsenal have won their past nine home games against Burnley in all competitions. The Gunners could lose four consecutive home league games for the first time since 1959, a sequence which included a 4-2 defeat by Burnley. The Gunners' total of 62 chances created from open play is the third lowest in the Premier League this season, with only Burnley (57) and Newcastle (60) ranking lower. They have gone 656 minutes without scoring a top-flight goal from open play. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored a career-high seven Premier League goals against Burnley in just five matches. Burnley have won one of their past 11 league games, losing seven times. Burnley could fail to score in four consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time since December 2016. Leicester are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League meetings with Brighton (W4, D2), keeping a clean sheet in four of those matches. Leicester have lost four of their past six league matches at the King Power Stadium, as many defeats as they suffered in their first 23 top-flight home games under Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes have scored 10 goals in the final 20 minutes of Premier League matches this season, more than any other side prior to the weekend. Leicester have been awarded eight Premier League penalties this season, while matches involving Brighton have featured 10 spot-kicks (five for, five against) – both totals are the highest in the top flight. Jamie Vardy has scored 41 Premier League goals since Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first Leicester game on 3 March – eight more goals than any other player in this period. Vardy is set to play his 222nd Premier League match for the Foxes, equalling Muzzy Izzet as Leicester's record appearance holder in the competition. Brighton have won two of their opening 11 league matches, their joint-lowest total at this stage of a top-flight campaign. Brighton have scored in eight consecutive top-flight away matches since June's 0-0 draw at Leicester. Graham Potter's side have conceded six Premier League goals from set-pieces (excluding penalties) this season, a tally exceeded only by Leicester's seven. Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to claim all three points when they make the trip to face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Reds started the Premier League weekend in second spot in the table and level on points with leaders Tottenham Hotspur in the title race. Liverpool FC are looking to defend their Premier League crown this season and they have won three of their last five games in the top flight under Jurgen Klopp. The Merseyside outfit are preparing to take on a Fulham side who have lost three of their last four games in the Premier League and find themselves close to the relegation zone. Former Liverpool FC and Manchester United star Owen feels that the Reds will have too much for Fulham on Sunday afternoon and he is backing Klopp's men to take all three points. Liverpool FC won the Premier League title with seven games to spare last season as they finished a staggering 18 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. The Reds are back in Premier League action on Wednesday night when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield in the top flight. Sports Mole provides score predictions for all of Sunday's Premier League fixtures, including Fulham vs. Another unwanted Premier League record awaits Sheffield United this weekend should they fail to beat Southampton at St Mary's. Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep hold of top spot in the Premier League come the end of the weekend as they make the trip to London rivals Crystal Palace. Spurs enter matchday 11 in first place, level on points with reigning champions Liverpool and two in front of Chelsea, following a run of 10 top-flight games without defeat. Palace head into Sunday's match at Selhurst Park on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 win over West Bromwich Albion last time out, a win that moved them up to 11th place. Spurs are unbeaten in eight away league matches since early July, winning five of those and keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three. Champions Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage on Sunday to take on a Fulham side hovering just one place and one point above the relegation zone. The Cottagers were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City last time out and now face another of the Premier League's big-hitters, with Liverpool going into the weekend sitting joint-top of the table. Liverpool's away form is the only thing which has prevented them from taking control of this season's title race so far, but this looks like a good fixture for them on paper with Fulham not faring too well at home either. Arsenal will be aiming to kickstart their Premier League campaign when they welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening. They have taken one point from the last 12 on offer in the Premier League and have lost three in a row on home soil. Burnley have themselves struggled this term and have never come away from the Emirates Stadium with a point, so we are backing the Gunners to end their disappointing run. Leicester City play host to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday evening looking for the victory which would keep them in the top four of the Premier League table.