Southampton v Fulham Preview

October 25, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new English Premiership action Saturday Evening comes from St Marys Stadium and features Southampton v Fulham.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 17:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Southampton v Fulham Preview, Premiership, Saturday 26th October 2013

Southampton are having a very good season at the moment and with having held the current Premiership Champions to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend, the whole squad will be extremely confident of keeping their excellent run going by securing maximum points from this game.

Fulham also have cause to celebrate as their emphatic 4-1 victory at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace last monday night was a result to be proud of and with a couple of world class strikes during that game, the Fulham players will also no doubt be confident of returning back to London with at least something from this game on saturday evening.

Southampton v Fulham Team News

Southampton Team News:

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has almost a full squad to choose his starting lineup from for this game with midfielder Steven Davis the only doubt who will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved. The likely formation will probably 4-2-3-1 with Ricky Lambert leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Osvaldo, Lallana and Steven Davis if he plays.

Striker, Rickie Lambert is the clubs current top goalscorer with 2.

Fulham Team News:

The visitors will be without Brede Hangeland and Matthew Briggs as both players continue recovery from respective injuries. Striker Bryan Ruiz has a back problem and will under take a late fitness test to see if he can play in this one. Manager Martin Jol will probably stick with the 4-3-2-1 formation that worked so well against Crystal Palace last monday night with Darren Bent leading the attack up front with support in behind coming from Dimitar Berbatov, Pajtim Kasami and Jason Puncheon.

Striker Darren Bent, Midfielders Pajtim Kasami and Steven Sidwell are the clubs current top goalscorers so far this season all having scored 2.

Southampton v Fulham Head to Head Statistics

Saturday evening’s game from St Mary’s Stadium will become the 15th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Southampton have won 3 times, Fulham have won 4 times and there has been 7 draws.

The head to head statistics table below shows the last 5 matches played between the two sides and as you can see from the data The Draw stands out as the most common result having happened 4 out of the 5 games played with the remaining game seeing Fulham win.

26/12/12 PRL Fulham – Southampton 1 : 1
07/10/12 PRL Southampton – Fulham
2 : 2
05/01/05 PRL Southampton – Fulham 3 : 3
25/09/04 PRL Fulham – Southampton 1 : 0
07/02/04 PRL Southampton – Fulham 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

47 goals have been scored in the previous 14 matches played between these two clubs over the years which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.35 which suggests this game should see at least a couple of goals bulge the nets on saturday night.

Southampton v Fulham Recent Form (Left to Right)

Southampton: W W W W D

Fulham: L W L W W

Both clubs have been in pretty decent form of late, but Southampton have a clear advantage having remained unbeaten during their last 5 played, winning 4 and drawing 1.

Fulham have managed 3 victories of their own during their last 5 played, but have lost the other 2.

Southampton v Fulham Match Betting Odds Market.

Southampton are the clear odds on favourites to win this game on saturday evening with the online bookmakers offering a best price of 8/13 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) which does seem a bit on the short side considering the performance Fulham put in last monday night against Crystal Palace.

The Draw has to be covered in this game as it is the most common result when these two clubs have met each other over the years, so a current best price of 3/1 with Sky Bet (£5 Free Bets Each & Every Week for New Customers) looks very good value here for the sensible punters out there.

Fulham will certainly enter this game on a high after their performance last monday night against Palace and with two world class goals scored during that match, Martin Jol and his players will be confident of getting at least something from this one and at a best price of 11/2 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) they do seem overpriced for me.

Southampton v Fulham Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

I for one am very much looking forward to this game as both sides have been in excellent form of late and this match really could either way on the day for me, despite the online bookmakers odds suggesting otherwise.

Pajtim Kasimi will be on cloud nine having scored what could turn out to be a real contender for best goal of the season in his sides 4-1 victory last monday night way against Crystal Palace and Steven Sidwell’s volley from the edge of the box was not too shabby either and it is those kinds of performances that can turn a clubs season around and Southampton are going to be in for a very tough game come saturday evening.

However, the hosts had an excellent 1-1 draw against current defending Premiership Champions Manchester United in their league match last weekend and all the players confidence levels will have rose as a result and now with home advantage where even the best teams in this league find it difficult to win games, the online bookmakers have got it right in my opinion by making Mauricio Pochettino’s side the favourites to win this match although their price is a lot shorter than I would of expected.

The goal stats suggest at least a couple of goals to be scored, so betting markets such as Anytime Goalscorer, Both Teams to Score and Total Match Goals could all provide some extra value, but for me I am going for both sides to cancel each other out and this game to finish all square.

The Verdict

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