The Fulham fun bus may have ran over Crystal Palace thanks to double doses of expert finishing and defensive ineptitude, registering their second away win of the season in the process, but thoughts of a Cottagers resurgence are sure to be crushed by Mauricio Pochettino’s well-drilled Southampton side who are 31/20 to beat them to nil.
A win for the hosts on the coast is 57/100, with the draw 11/4 and a second successive away win for Martin Jol’s men 5/1.
The Saints have marched to clean sheets in their last five St Mary’s turns.
A solitary Sunderland strike is all the punishment the Southampton faithful have had to endure so far this season as their side have re-emerged from pre-season hell-bent on offering them recompense for the tonkings they sat through last term.
What a karmic redress it has been too, with the south coast club’s rearguard the most miserly in the Premier League by two clear goals at the time of writing.
Their last three victories at home have come by two goals to nil, a scoreline which can be backed at 25/4 in bwin’s correct score betting.
Prior to their Selhurst Park goal-bomb Fulham had notched just once in three league away games.
Fulham’s 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light was a harbinger of the bad times that engulfed Sunderland, while their victory at Palace simultaneously made starkly clear how out of their depth the opposition were.
In between those victories there were shutout reverses at St James’ Park and Stamford Bridge and the west London side’s slim goal-pickings haven’t been limited to the highway either, with their win at Selhurst Park the first time they’ve hit the net more than once in a game all season.
Jol’s Londoners average just 5.3 shots per away game, the lowest in the Premier League.
“You’ve got to shoot to score” as the Match of the Day sages have no doubt atoned on innumerable occasions down the years, but it seems that Fulham’s stars have better things to do on Saturday nights than partake of their advice.
A miserable keeper-questioning average is a whole 2.5 efforts per outing lower than next shyest away shooters Sunderland.