Southampton v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 25, 2019
St Mary's - Premier League
Time is running out for Fulham and Southampton to pick up points as the two sides face off in the Premier League on Wednesday. Both sides sit in the relegation zone going into the game, with the home side a concerning eight points from safety.
Fulham's first win of the season came against Southampton thanks to an Aleksandr Mitrovic brace and a strike from Andre Schurrle, although Stuart Armstrong did his best to ruin the day for Claudio Ranieri's side.
With Danny Ings injured and Charlie Austin clearly out of favour with Ralph Hassenhuttl, Nathan Redmond is expected to start once again for Southampton. Mario Lemina is also absent from the side, meaning Oriol Romeu retains his spot, with Ryan Bertrand looking to step into left-wing-back.
Lazar Markovic and Håvard Nordtveit both featured for Fulham at the weekend, making their debuts, and with Schurrle potentially absent, the former may make his first start for the club on Wednesday.
Southampton v Fulham Predictions and Previews
Southampton could leapfrog both Cardiff and Brighton with a win on Wednesday, and will be hopeful against a thoroughly out-of-sorts Fulham team. Claudio Ranieri's arrival has had far from the impact hoped, as the Lilywhites remain incapable of keeping a clean sheet.
Against West Ham, the introduction of former Hammer, Nordtveit, was insufficient to protect and early lead, with the manager surely regretting his failure to bring Gary Cahill to Craven Cottage. Despite being the first promoted side to spend over £100 million, Fulham didn’t sufficiently reinforce the defence, and are paying the price for it now.
With Mitrovic, who is 2/1 to score mid-week, no longer firing at his early season best, the West-London club are facing the likelihood of relegation. Ranieri has never been relegated as a manager, but a loss at St Mary's on Wednesday could well be the final nail in the coffin.
Hassenhuttl's mid-season appointment has also failed to turn his side's fortunes, with dropped points against Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff in recent weeks. The Saints are playing more adventurous football, and the manager is experimenting with new tactics, but is running out of games to find a magic formula.
The former Leipzig man has the advantage of Fulham and Huddersfield's poor form, meaning that there is likely just once spot left for relegation, and five other clubs with 30 points or fewer. Having played Arsenal in their last game, Southampton will enjoy lessening their defensive duties and attacking Fulham, although, they must be wary, as a defeat would see the Cottagers move to within just four points of the Saints.
Under 2.5 goals at 9/10
Neither side has been prolific in recent weeks, and will be keen to avoid defeat.
Southampton to win and Redmond to score at 16/5
Hassenhuttl has clearly seen something in Redmond to move him to a centre forward role, despite the winger notching just three league goals this season.