Manchester City success judged on winning Champions League - Guardiola

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Our statistical analysis looks for key trends for both teams ahead of Sunday's clash.

Liverpool have won the last two league visits and are looking to complete a third successive win at Fulham for the first time. Their home form is providing a welcome contrast, with three wins and 12 goals at Anfield since the beginning of February.

"This is the last game before the global break and, if Liverpool win, they go back to the top of the table".

While Liverpool pursues glory, Fulham enters Sunday's contest in a desperate battle to avoid relegation, and pegged as lengthy +1000 home underdogs at online sports betting sites.

It has even been suggested to him that they are fated to be successful under him this season, as it is 20 years since the treble, and he used to wear the number 20 as a player at Old Trafford.

The Reds reached the Champions League final last season but ended up losing to Real Madrid in the showpiece last May.

In fact, here at The Sportsman we've meticulously scanned the fixture list and plucked out FOUR crunch clashes that take place over a pivotal 25 day period, which could decide whether the coveted trophy ends up in Manchester or Merseyside. "Always the first game back is always risky, especially away, when you play at home, it's a little bit easier, but Fulham away will be hard".

Previous meetings at Craven Cottage have not been short of goals. Two years later, Liverpool won 4-2 in west London having been 2-0 down at one stage.

After a goalless draw in Merseyside in the first leg, the Reds put in a sensational display to knock the Germans out of the competition after a Sadio Mane double and a Virgil van Dijk header secured a 3-1 win.

Benayoun wasn't the only Liverpool player to score a last-gasp victor at Fulham's ground in the Premier League era.

It was a night when the Reds had to dig incredibly deep to claim the points.

"But I think the fans would go with the league, they want to retain that - they still haven't fallen in love with the Champions League because of the issues with Financial Fair Play and the amount of players you are allowed in the squad". Can Ole Solksjaer keep up his magic as the Man U manager, or will Lionel Messi and the Barcelona side be too much?