Fulham vs Southampton Predictions
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- Both teams have scored in 71% of Southampton’s away fixtures this season.
- Fulham have scored at least once in four of their last five home matches.
- Southampton have only lost one of their last 12 Premier League away games.
- Southampton averaged 2.2 goals per 90 minutes across their last five away assignments.
Fulham’s fighting spirit
Having been written off as relegation certainties earlier in the season, the survival picture is suddenly looking more promising for Fulham, and the Cottagers’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday pushed their unbeaten run to three matches.
Overall, Fulham’s 2-0 reverse at Man City on December 5 remains their only defeat in five Premier League assignments, and the Cottagers showed in their draw at home to Liverpool shortly after, that they can trade blows with some of the division’s biggest names on their day.
The tough tests keep coming thick and fast for Scott Parker’s improving side however, and claiming another point against high-flying Southampton could prove a tough task.
Saints fail City test
Southampton’s narrow 1-0 loss at home to Man City on Saturday was only the Saints’ second defeat in 12 Premier League fixtures, though it was still enough to send them tumbling out of the top four and down into sixth spot in a hugely competitive and condensed top end.
The setback was also the first time in 13 top-flight matches where Southampton failed to find the net, though City needed Ederson to make five saves to keep the Saints off the scoresheet.
Both teams backed to score
Southampton’s tactical bravery on the road under Ralph Hassenhutl and their constant pursuit of victory in away games means supporters are regularly treated to exciting matches involving the Saints.
Both teams have scored in a notably high 71% of Southampton’s away fixtures this season, and that same market looks superb value at the prices available for the Saints’ skirmish with Fulham this weekend.
The Cottagers have been looking far more comfortable at Premier League level in recent weeks, and having notched at least once in four of their last five matches at Craven Cottage, Fulham have developed a final third threat that should allow them to create opportunities again on Saturday.
Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last five league games away from St. Mary’s Stadium, though the fact they hit back with efforts of their own in 100% of those games highlights just how dangerous they can be.
It’s that clinical edge and ability to impose their game on any opponent that makes Southampton such lethal visitors, and the Saints have only lost once in 12 Premier League away contests since the beginning of Project Restart.
Only Liverpool, Leicester, Man Utd and Tottenham have plundered more away goals than Southampton this term, and we expect the Saints’ defence shredding power to come to the fore again against Fulham this weekend.
With that considered, our 2-1 correct score prediction backs a Southampton team that averaged 2.2 goals per 90 minutes across their last five away fixtures to squeeze a victory out of what should prove another stiff test of their top four aspirations against the Cottagers.
Fulham injuries and team news
Joachim Andersen saw his red card overturned this week meaning the Danish defender is available for selection on Boxing Day, however midfielder Mario Lemina cannot face his parent club
Terence Kongolo misses out again for the Cottagers however, while Kenny Tete and Ivan Cavaleiro are both in a race to be fit.
Southampton injuries and team news
Oriol Romeu, serving a one-game ban after his yellow card against Man City, misses the game on Boxing Day, while the Saints will also be without injured talisman Danny Ings again for their trip to the capital.