The only two teams to take points off Manchester City in the Premier League this season meet on Monday night, but that doesn't mean you should expect an even match when highflying Liverpool travel to struggling Fulham.

Liverpool are now playing with uncommon energy and a confidence thanks in no small part to the return of (King) Kenny Dalglish. They currently sit sixth in the table and are just five points off third place Tottenham. Expect plenty of Liverpool fans to have been watching Newcastle's game against Chelsea on Saturday as Newcastle and Chelsea occupied the two spots above Liverpool on 26 and 25 points respectively.

Clint DempseyWhile Liverpool can only hope to move up the table one spot at best, Scousers will also be very aware that right behind them, tied on points but with a worse goal difference is Arsenal, who take on relegation fodder Wigan on Saturday. The table makes bleak reading for the London club with just two wins, one home and one away, to their credit, they sit 15th in the table just three points above the relegation zone, but with Bolton, Blackburn, Wigan, Wolves and Sunderland all competing for the three relegation spots Fulham shouldn't worry about their Premier League survival (just yet). Odds on Fulham going down are 150/1, but they are also dead last (tied with QPR) at 150/1 to be the top London team come May.

Form favours Liverpool

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions and are being touted as a sleeping giant this year, as it’s surely just a matter of time before the form of Luis Suarez is properly rewarded; with goals scored and games won.

Fulham seem to be having to learn to walk (draw) before they can run (win) again under former Tottenham boss Martin Jol. Their tally of 12 points is their joint-worst record (after 13 games) ranking alongside their total in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. Things have started to look up (a little) as the Cottagers did come away from the Emirates Stadium with a 1-1 draw last weekend.

Both teams have been in action in non-league competitions midweek, with Fulham faring worse. In their latest Europa League match a two minutes from time goal off FC Twente substitute Marc Janko meant 10-man Fulham took no points from their penultimate group stage match and now must win their final game to guarantee a spot in the last 32. The strain that all these additional games has put on Fulham’s league form is clear to see, so an exit from that competition might actually be welcomed by some fans.

Around the same time Liverpool were having no problems defeating Chelsea in the Carling Cup, thanks to a five-minute spell in the second half where Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly both scored. That victory was Liverpool’s second over Chelsea (at Stamford Bridge) in ten days and took Dalglish's unbeaten record against Chelsea (as Liverpool manager) to 13 matches.

History favours Liverpool

You might be tempted to have a bet on the away side winning to nil at 12/5, as Fulham have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool. Also in 20 Premier League games between the two clubs (going back to 2001), the Cottagers have won just three. If you fancy a HUGE bet, have a punt on a genuine rout as Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 in a League Cup second-round match at Anfield back in 1986, that’s at 450/1, if you can find it. Recent history is also in Liverpool’s favour as Fulham’s poor home form (W1 D4 L3) started with a 2-5 defeat by Liverpool back in May, that score is available at 150/1. Liverpool’s last defat was in September when they went down 4-0 to “Super” Spurs, while Fulham’s last victory was a 2-0 away win over Wigan on 29th October.

The bookies favour Liverpool

A home win is at 5/2 and away win is at 11/10, even a draw seems unlikely at 12/5. Everything may favour Liverpool but, the little voice that whispered that Newcastle would take something away with them from Old Trafford last weekend is bigging up Fulham. Stranger things have happened, and the EPL always seems to throw up at least one shock result so I’m backing Fulham to confound expectations and turn me a tidy profit. 

Prediction: A shock home win! 2-1 to Fulham, available at 10/1.