Southampton v Fulham Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Southampton v Fulham

Premier League: Wed, 27/02  Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium

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Southampton look appealing to win at 10/11 with Betfair, with the Saints to win and both teams to score at 11/4 also looking good value with Betfair, given the defensive problems of both teams. Nathan Redmond has been Southampton’s main attacking threat in recent weeks and is good value at 5/1 to open the scoring with Bet365, whilst Andre Schurrle to score anytime for Fulham at 10/3, also with Bet365 looks a good option.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Relegation threatened Southampton and Fulham face off in a vital six pointer, with both sides desperate for a win to end their poor form and the momentum it will bring in the final push for survival.

Southampton form turning at the worse time

The Saints come into this match winless in their last four games, picking up just two points in the process. The poor sequence of results could not have come at a worse time for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, pushing them back into the relegation places. Surprisingly the run of results has come after an encouraging start to the Austrian’s tenure – his first eight games in charge yielded a respectable thirteen points.

 

Of more concern to the Saints will be that they have only kept one clean sheet in their last seventeen league games (away at Chelsea). With a leaky defence it is little wonder they have been in and around the relegation zone all season, and will give plenty of encouragement to the visitors.

 

Fulham inching closer to the drop

If the Saints recent form doesn’t look that encouraging, Fulham’s looks even worse. The Cottagers have just a meagre twelve points from manager Claudio Ranieri’s fifteen games since taking over, and have lost seven of their last eight games in all competitions.

 

Like Southampton, clean sheets are not seemingly part of their strategy this season, in fact Fulham have the most liberal defence in the Premier League, having conceded a staggering 61 goals so far. Teams can take comfort in the fact Fulham are almost equally generous in both the first or second halves of games, having conceded 30 first-half goals and 31 second half-goals so far this campaign.

 

Team News

Southampton’s teenage striker Michael Obafemi has been ruled out following the reoccurrence of a hamstring injury after coming on as a substitute against Arsenal and then being substituted himself. Key striker Danny Ings is also suffering with a hamstring problem of his own and is again set to miss out, while Mario Lemina remains sidelined.

 

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has a relatively full fit squad to select from, with central defender Alfie Mawson returning from a knee injury sustained in December. On loan Lazar Markovic is pushing for his first start for the club having come off the bench in the 3-1 defeat against West Ham last time out.

 

Frenetic encounter could go either way

Southampton on paper start as favourites and should edge to victory, but their leaky defence will be of concern, and Fulham do have the personnel upfront to score against most teams. The Saints themselves are capable of impressive attacking play, but in the absence of Danny Ings have recently struggled to make their chances count, with even the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday full of missed opportunities. They will need to be ruthless upfront, and if they are should be able to edge out the Cottagers in an entertaining clash.

Southampton look appealing to win at 10/11 with Betfair, with the Saints to win and both teams to score at 11/4 also looking good value with Betfair, given the defensive problems of both teams. Nathan Redmond has been Southampton’s main attacking threat in recent weeks and is good value at 5/1 to open the scoring with Bet365, whilst Andre Schurrle to score anytime for Fulham at 10/3, also with Bet365 looks a good option.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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