Premier League Sunday: Klopp eyes top with win at Fulham

Liverpool know that if results go their way, they can return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday evening with victory at Craven Cottage.

Matthew Crist

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games and could go top if they make it eight at Craven Cottage on Sunday evening.

Fulham will play host to the Reds at Craven Cottage in a league game for just the second time since February 2014, and they will need to be at their best to get a result against the champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s men can go top if they win and Spurs slip up away at Crystal Palace in what could be a tricky London derby, though Jose Mourinho’s men will be full of confidence following their win over Arsenal last weekend.

Also on Saturday; Chris Wilder will hope to finally end a run of 11 Premier League fixtures without a win when his side travel to Southampton while Arsenal can bounce-back from their derby defeat with a win over lowly Burnley.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester can keep in touch with the pace-setters with a win over a Brighton side still smarting from a controversial defeat at the hands of Southampton last Monday night.

Southampton v Sheffield United 12:30

Southampton FC Manager

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder will hope to finally end a run of 11 Premier League fixtures without a win when his side travel to Southampton on Sunday.

The Blades are yet to win this season – with their last victory a stunning  3-0 defeat of Chelsea in July – and to make matters worse, have managed just six Premier League goals this campaign.

In stark contrast, Southampton are cruising in the European spots this term after a fine start to the campaign.

The St Mary’s side beat neighbours Brighton 2-1 last time out having scored in each of their last 10 outings and won this fixture 3-1 the last time the two sides met.

DRAW: 3.95

Crystal Palace v Tottenham 14:15

Tottenham head to Selhurst Park on Sunday seeking to keep up the pace alongside Chelsea and Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho’s men beat Arsenal 2-0 last weekend and are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League fixtures heading into this London derby.

However, Palace could prove to be tricky opposition with the Eagles having stuck five past West Brom last time out.

Roy Hodgson’s men will hope to catch Spurs on an off day and bank on Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke to once again delver in front of goal.

DRAW: 3.80

Fulham v Liverpool 16:30

Scott Parker Fulham

Liverpool head to struggling Fulham on Sunday afternoon knowing that if results go their way, a win in West London could take them back to the top of the Premier League table.

The Reds may have been thrashed at Aston Villa in dramatic style early in the season but Jurgen Klopp’s men have got back to winning ways in recent weeks scoring 15 and conceded only six in that seven-match unbeaten league run.

Liverpool have only conceded three in their last five away games, and they are unbeaten in the last six on the road since that awful night at Villa Park.

Scott Parker’s men have won two of their last five – but they have lost three of their last four at home and conceded seven goals in their last four – leaving them perilously close to the relegation zone.

Worryingly for the Cottagers though is the fact that Liverpool have won their last six Premier League meetings against Fulham by an aggregate score of 18-4.

DRAW: 6.00

Arsenal v Burnley 19:15

Arsenal v Sheffield United - Premier League - Emirates Stadium

The only respite for Arsenal in recent weeks has been the Europa League, with their league form nosediving despite an initially positive start to the season.

The 2-0 defeat to North London rivals, Spurs, last weekend extended their winless run in the league, their last victory being their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford back on 1 November.

As a result, the Gunners are 15th in the table with pressure mounting on boss Mikel Arteta after guiding the club to its worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign, with just 13 points from their opening 11 matches.

Burnley find themselves in the bottom three following a desperate start to the season which has seen them pick up just six points from their opening 10 Premier League matches.

Sean Dyche’s side are the joint-lowest scorers in the division with just five goals and need to quickly get into their stride or risk suffering a return to the second tier.

DRAW: 4.35

Leicester v Brighton 19:15

Brendan Rodgers

A late 2-1 win at Bramall Lane has kept the East Midlands outfit within touching distance of leaders Tottenham Hotspur as they welcome Brighton to the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes struggled immediately after the November international break but wins over Sheffield United and AEK Athens have seemingly got Brendan Rodgers’ side back on track at a crucial period of the season.

Brighton, meanwhile, were left frustrated after a VAR decision went against them during the latter stages of the meeting with Southampton with Danny Ings’s late penalty condemned the Seagulls to their first defeat in four games, keeping Graham Potter’s team wary of the teams in the relegation zone.

DRAW: 3.50

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