Southampton welcome Fulham to St Mary's Stadium on Sunday and Saints boss Nigel Adkins will want a more defensively solid performance from his side as they have let in an average of three goals a game in their first six matches back in the top flight.
Adkins' cavalier approach has made for some entertaining clashes with the better sides in the league, but the leaky defence will have to tighten up if the south coast club are to have any chance of staying in the top flight.
Traditionally, opponents Fulham have been exceptional at home and woeful away, a trend that has continued this season. Fulham have scored nine of their 13 goals at Craven Cottage, including a 5-0 win over Swansea and 3-0 result against West Brom.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 1.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 3 (Phillips 2, Rosenior) Fulham 3 (Diop, Malbranque, Radzinski) Premier League, January 2005
Fulham 1 (Radzinski) Southampton 0, Premier League, September 2004
Southampton 0 Fulham 0, Premier League, February 2004
With 18 goals, Southampton have conceded more than any other side in the league and are yet to record a clean sheet
The Saints have dropped nine points from winning positions this season.
Fulham are undefeated in their last five matches against Southampton in all competitions.
Southampton to win: 2.62
Fulham to win: 2.62
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