Premier League Betting: Southampton v Fulham - Fan v Fan Preview



Southampton perspective: Chris Rann, George Weah's Cousin.

Team news

It will be interesting to see who starts in goal for Saints after questionable performances from both veteran Kelvin Davis and youngster Paolo Gazzaniga. Saints have brought in Artur Boruc, and he might well take his place between the sticks on Sunday. The performances of Gaston Ramirez since his arrival have been a positive at St. Mary’s, and on his day, any Premier League defence is going to have to be at their best to stop him.

Form

We will be looking to get back on track after a disappointing result at Everton. After a decent start at Goodison, the finger was firmly pointed in the direction of the Saints back five again, as three points turned to zero in fifteen second half minutes. It’s not all doom and gloom though, and Saints will be looking to build on their last home performance where the potent attacking combination of Lambert, Lallana, Ramirez and Puncheon proved all too much for Aston Villa.

Head-to-head

We haven't beaten Fulham since 2002, but they haven't taken three points from us in Southampton since the 1960s. Our last Premier League game ended 3-3 in 2005, and I can foresee a similarly exciting game this time out.

Best bets

Over 3.5 goals at 2.75. Both teams have been leaking goals, so I can see this being a high-scoring affair.

Rickie Lambert to score first at 5.75. Always a good bet, especially in a home game.

Gaston Ramirez to score at 3.60. The Uruguayan is looking like a great bit of business and got off the mark last week. He'll be a key man for us on Sunday.
   
Score prediction

Southampton 2-1 Fulham (10.50)

Predicted side

Fulham perspective: Daniel Crawford, Hammy End.

Team news

Once again, Martin Jol will probably have to do without two of his summer signings after Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric picked up injuries in training this week. Kerim Frei could be in contention for a place in the squad, however, and we have no other major concerns.

Form

We started the season brightly, thrashing Norwich and testing Manchester United, but then suffered a disappointing reverse against West Ham. Wins over West Brom and Wigan have improved the mood, however, and we came close to taking a point off Manchester City last week.

Head-to-head

We're looking for a first league win at Southampton in 77 years, and will have to blunt the threat of the prolific Rickie Lambert. We'll need to see the best of Mark Schwarzer, on the day after he turns 40, and Chris Baird, who faces his old club for the first time since leaving St. Mary's five years ago.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.57. Both sides have struggled to keep clean sheets so far this term.

Hugo Rodallega to score at 3.45. The former Wigan man is likely to lead the line in the absence of Petric and Berbatov.

Southampton/draw HT/FT at 14.00. Expect the Saints to come out strongly at home, but we can peg them back after the break.

Score prediction

Southampton 1-1 Fulham (6.75)

Predicted side