Premier League: Southampton v Fulham match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at St Marys Stadium
Friday 25 October 2013
Southampton host Fulham in Saturday's evening kick-off riding a wave of momentum with their unbeaten home record proving they are tough to beat this season.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have won two and drawn two of their home matches so far this term in an excellent start to the season. But Fulham will be no push over as they also have some confidence with their 4 – 1 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday night leading to Ian Holloway leaving the club on Wednesday.
This fixture could prove an important battle to gain points as these two teams could fall down into the relegation battle come the end of the season. There is good news for Saints fans ahead of tomorrow’s clash as midfielder Gaston Ramirez could return to the squad after missing out last weekend’s 1 – 1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Last three meetings...
Southampton 2(Jose Fonte2) Fulham2 (Jos Hoovield (OG), Kieran Richardson1), Premier League, October 2012.
Fulham 1(Dimitar Berbatov1) Southampton 1(Rickie Lambert (pen), Premier League, December 2012.
Southampton 3 (Phillips 2, Rosenior) Fulham 3 (Boupa Diop, Malbranque, Radzinski) Premier League, January 2005.
Southampton have the best defence in the Premier League conceding just 3 goals in 8 games.
After Pochettino’s appointment in January Southampton failed to beat 6 of last season’s bottom half, but gained 12 points from 9 games against the top half of the table.
Berbatov’s goal on Monday was his first in the Premier League this season.
Despite both sides being separated by 7 teams and Southampton having an extra 38 shots, Fulham have scored more goals (9) than their opponents (8).
The last three meetings between the two sides have always ended in score-draws.
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 5.30pm. Highlights on BBC 1 at 10.20pm.
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