Fulham v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 20, 2018
Craven Cottage - Premier League
Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge of Fulham see's the Cottagers face fellow Premier League strugglers, Southampton. The Saints sit just one place clear of the relegation zone, just three points clear of Fulham in last place, with both sides in need of a win.
Despite being in different leagues, the two sides met in January last season in an FA Cup third round tie, with Southampton narrowly earning the win through a first half James Ward-Prowse strike.
Ranieri will have a near-full roster to select from on Saturday, with fringe players Joe Bryan and Kevin MacDonald the only absentees.
Mark Hughes has a few more doubts for the weekend's game as Mario Lemina has been struggling with injuries in recent weeks, joining Danny Ings on the sidelines.
Fulham v Southampton Preview and Predictions
With a third of the season gone, prospects do not look good for Fulham who have just five points to there name. Reluctant as they were to get rid of Slavisa Jokanovic, the club needed to make a change, and, in Ranieri, have found themselves a manager who masterminded a great escape with Parma, before he became a household name in England for his heroics at Leicester.
The Southampton owners may well be having a similar conundrum regarding their manager, as the side has never really clicked under Mark Hughes. The former England striker was brought in towards the end of last season to save the side from relegation, achieving the feat by the merest of margins. Going into the final month of 2018, the Saints have just one league win this season, meaning a loss on Saturday would be almost three months without three points.
Following Fulham's heavy spending over the summer, few expected the Cottagers to be in this predicament, although Southampton's position comes as less of a surprise. Saturday's fixture will be billed as the return of Ranieri, with fans waiting to see whether he reintroduces the 4-4-2 that won his Foxes side the Premier League less than three years ago. However, the match-up could well have far more significance than this, with the winning side likely to take a significant step towards Premier League survival.
Aleksandr Mitrovic to score anytime at 7/4
The big Serbian striker's early season form may have dropped off but he will be auditioning for a new manager this weekend.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 10/11
Fulham have been loose at the back this season, and Ranieri will make defensive solidarity a priority.