Kick-off: 1945, 27/02/2019
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
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What Trueform says for Southampton vs Fulham
Southampton are odds-on favourites to win their relegation battle with Fulham but our Trueform ratings suggest the price for them to prevail is too short.
Saints have won only two of their 13 Premier League home games this term and were beaten by Cardiff in their last match at St Mary’s Stadium.
We reckon 12/5 for a seventh top-flight draw at this venue is much better value and that is our opening Southampton vs Fulham prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
The buzz created by Ralph Hasenhuttl’s early success, featuring wins over Arsenal and Everton here, appears to have evaporated during a winless run of four games.
Southampton put in a tepid display when beaten 2-0 at Arsenal on Sunday, despite having had a fortnight off, including a trip to Tenerife, to prepare.
The Austrian lamented: “We saw a good start from our team, had the first big chance, a very, very big chance, and then on the counter-attack you are 1-0 behind.
“That’s horrible, for the mentality and the mind; the worst thing that can happen in that moment.”
Saints do still look capable of causing problems going forward, but defensive errors continue to hamper any hopes of climbing up the table.
Looking at the Southampton vs Fulham odds, we also like 333/100 for a score draw.
Last Southampton line-up: Gunn, Vestergaard, Stephens, Targett, Bednarek, Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Hojbjerg.
Michael Obafemi is set to miss the rest of the season after a recurrence of a hamstring injury, while Danny Ings and Mario Lemina are still out.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Admittedly, Fulham do have the worst away record in the Premier League, picking up just two points from 14 road trips following Friday night’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
Ryan Babel did give the Cottagers an early lead at London Stadium, though, and they were unfortunate to concede a 29th-minute equaliser which Javier Hernandez put in with his hand.
“I believe in all of my players,” insisted Claudio Ranieri. “They lack in experience, but they have a very big heart. They have to believe something can change.”
We do fear that a defeatist attitude has crept in at Fulham, but they should take heart from late November’s 3-2 win over Southampton at Craven Cottage.
Let’s finish off our Southampton vs Fulham betting tips by taking 13/1 for a 2-2 stalemate.
Last Fulham line-up: Rico, Odoi, Chambers, Ream, Bryan, Sessegnon, Cairney, Nordtveit, Jean Seri, Mitrovic, Babel.
Ranieri reports no fresh injury problems, as defender Alfie Mawson continues his recovery from a long-term knee issue.
Arsenal 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON
West Ham 3-1 FULHAM – Ryan Babel
Head-to-head: Fulham 3-2 Southampton, Fulham 0-1 Southampton
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