Premier League Previews for Fulham vs Southampton along with Prediction. Included in my preview is my pick, statistical analysis for each team, recent form, and betting odds.
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After losing away to Swansea in midweek Fulham have now lost three straight EPL matches and have given up at least two goals in all three. They are currently sitting in 19th place with 19 points, just one more than Cardiff City at the bottom. They have also given up the most goals of any team this season with 50 allowed.
Going back even farther than the last three matches, Fulham has allowed at least two goals in 12 out of their last 15 Premier League games and lost 12 out of their last 15.
In home matches this season they have averaged 1.3 goals per game while also maintaining an 83% pass completion rate with 48% possession. Once again their defense is where they have been let down in allowing an average of 2 goals per game at home.
The Saints remain squarely in the middle of the table with 32 points to put them comfortably in ninth place. They are currently on a five match unbeaten run in all competitions which includes their midweek 2-2 home draw against Arsenal, which effectively knocked them out of first.
They have scored at least two goals in four out of their last five matches in all competitions while also keeping two clean sheets in this time.
Southampton has had several players return from injury with Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez listed as their only long term injuries at this time.
My pick is a Southampton win. While Fulham had a resurgence in form in the not so distant past, they have been struggling lately. Interestingly enough Fulham has been able to score at least one goal in every home match this season.
Fulham could come away with a result, but it is going to take quite a lot of hard work. If Southampton scores first, it could be another rout similar to the 1-4 loss to Sunderland. In the past six meetings each team has a win along with four draws while Southampton won their earlier season match 2-0.
Betting Odds (Ladbrokes):
Fulham win: 3.20; Draw: 3.40; Southampton win: 2.20
Form: Fulham (W, L, W, L, L, L) Southampton (W, L, L, W, D, D)
Prediction: Fulham 1 – 2 Southampton