Bill Edgar: Our stats guru on Man City's bogey side, Fulham's defensive woes and Celtic's slide

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Mo Salah has scored in all of Liverpool's recent defeats of Manchester City
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The Times journalist returns to set us up for the weekend with a look at Liverpool's hoodoo over Manchester City, Fulham's alarming goals against column and the potential beginning of the end for Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

"This season Fulham have already conceded three goals to Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur while Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Crystal Palace have all scored twice against the west London team. Arsenal, who have scored at least twice in each of their past eight games in all competitions, are [1.67] with Betfair to extend that run at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and it's little wonder that under 2.5 goals is heavy odds-on at [1.52]."

Red warning for City

Manchester City have enjoyed an excellent start to the Premier League campaign but the prospect of a match at Anfield on Sunday may alarm. Liverpool have inflicted three of City's four defeats to fellow Premier League teams in the past year - both legs of their Champions League quarter-final and a league game at Anfield - and are [2.88] on the Betfair Exchange to take three points this weekend.

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Fulham full of holes

The days when Fulham had a tight defence are long gone. Roy Hodgson (2008-10) and Mark Hughes (2010-11) made the team hard to score against but the floodgates are open now. This season Fulham have already conceded three goals to Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur while Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Crystal Palace have all scored twice against the west London team. Arsenal, who have scored at least twice in each of their past eight games in all competitions, are [1.67] with Betfair to extend that run at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and it's little wonder that under 2.5 goals is heavy odds-on at [1.52].

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Rodgers aims to reverse decline

Celtic sit a lowly fifth in the Scottish Premiership table but their struggles (relatively speaking) extend back into last season. Since the start of February their 20 league matches have brought ten wins, five draws and five defeats, a big decline given their utter domination of the domestic game since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in 2016. Up to last February in the league the Northern Irishman had overseen 52 wins, ten draws and only one defeat. St Johnstone, who host Celtic on Sunday, are [11.0] to win the match with Betfair and [5.6] to draw.

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