The English Premier League will play a regular matchday this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday evening is the 28th matchday on the program. Especially Wednesday has a lot to offer. Jürgen Klopp and his Reds want to maintain the narrow lead on the Citizens, in the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham last time Maurizio Sarri could sit in the blues on the bench. Also exciting is the relegation crash between Southampton and Fulham!
Premier League Southampton vs Fulham
Both teams are struggling to survive in the Premier League and are currently ranked 18th and 19th in the table.
Especially for the guests from London the direct duel with the Saints is probably the last chance. The Ranieri team is currently eight points off the lifesaver, and in a defeat at St. Mary’s Stadium, the lights at the Cottagers would probably go out slowly. The home side, however, would leave with full success the relegation zone in all probability. Due to the blatant away weakness of the Cottagers home win is quite likely. Between Southampton and Fulham, odds of under 2.00 are offered for the tip to the home win. The game starts at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday at 20:45.
Southampton – Statistics & Current Form
Austria coach Ralph Hasenhüttl was able to inspire the fans in St. Mary’s Stadium quickly. The former Leipzig coach was after a few games a song dedicated. Meanwhile, this euphoria has gone a bit, although the Austrian is not in the criticism. Nevertheless, an average of 1.14 points per game (4-4-6 balance) after 14 games is not necessarily satisfactory. In the last four league games, the Saints missed a complete success and therefore have to make do with a relegation zone again. The backlog of the saving bank is only one meter. Despite the manageable results in recent weeks is playfully a significant improvement compared to the beginning of the season can be seen.
“It is a disaster for us. Nathan Redmond is the only offensive player to score right now. When Danny Ings or Michael Obafemi play next to him, we’re even harder to defend. But both are now out. ” – Ralph Hasenhüttl
However, the struggle for survival is made more difficult by the fact that the Saints currently have to deal with serious staffing problems. With Danny Ings, Shane Long and youngster Michael Obafemi three physically tough striker fall out. Hasenhüttl described the renewed failure of Obafemi as a disaster. With Nathan Redmond, who is more of a winger, and Stuart Armstrong, who is actually the central midfielder, there are two players in the front line who are not necessarily convinced by top scorer qualities. In doing so, the Saints work out scoring opportunities again and again. With an average of 11.39 scores per game Southampton is in fourth place, but only four teams scored fewer goals than the table-18.
After two defeats by Cardiff City (1: 2) and Arsenal London (0: 2), Southampton have to score on Wednesday. Otherwise it will be uncomfortable for Hasenhüttl for the first time. The home record is by no means positive with just two wins, six draws and five defeats. Given these statistics, Southampton and Fulham do not really recommend a home win at odds below 2.00.
Expected formation of Southampton:
Gunn – Yoshida, Bednarek, Vestergaard – Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Höjbjerg, Valery – Armstrong, Redmond
Last matches from Southampton:
- 24.02.2019 – Arsenal Vs. Southampton 2: 0 (Premier League)
- 09.02.2019 – Southampton Vs. Cardiff City 1: 2 (Premier League)
- 02.02.2019 – Burnley Vs. Southampton 1: 1 (Premier League)
- 30.01.2019 – Southampton Vs. Crystal Palace 1: 1 (Premier League)
- 19.01.2019 – Southampton Vs. Everton 2: 1 (Premier League)
Fulham – Statistics & Current Form
The climber from London was traded extremely high. With many notable signings Fulham was for many experts a candidate for a place in the secured midfield. Relegation worries were not expected, but the team was not really on track until now. The Cottagers are since the beginning of the season on a relegation zone. The backlog of the saving shore is already considerable. Not even under Leicester master-hero Claudio Ranieri managed the cottagers of the turnaround. In 16 competitive games as coach of the riser Ranieri comes only to three wins, three draws and a total of ten defeats. With just 17 points from 27 league games Ranieri probably needed again a small football miracle! The descent is getting closer. Blatant is in the table penultimate the away weakness. Fulham has only been able to collect two (!) Points in 14 games on foreign grass. Twelve of the 14 games were lost, only against Brighton & Hove Albion (1 September 2018) and Newcastle United (22 December 2018) was prevented an away defeat. With just nine away goals, the foreign offensive is virtually non-existent. With such a balance, the league is impossible. The Cottagers, who have been consistently on a relegation spot since matchday nine, must finally win in a foreign land. The game between Southampton and Fulham offers odds of over 4.00 on the premier victory of the Ranieri Elf.
Especially in the last few weeks, there are signs that the team will not be able to make the turnaround. Fulham has suffered no fewer than seven defeats in the past eight competitive matches. Only the match against Brighton & Hove Albion could be won after a 2-0 deficit thanks to a strength act yet. But not even this positive result caused a rise in shape at Fulham. Arguments that would justify a tip for Fulham’s away win in the current constitution are hard to come by. After all, Ranieri does not have to do without any players apart from the injured Alfie Mawson. The appearance in St. Mary’s Stadium has for the Cottagers in any case “playoff character”.
Expected lineup of Fulham:
Rico – Bryan, Ream, Nordtveit, Odoi – Sessegnon, Chambers, Seri, Cairney – Babel – Mitrovic
Last matches from Fulham:
- 22.02.2019 – West Ham vs. Fulham 3: 1 (Premier League)
- 09.02.2019 – Fulham vs. Manchester United 0: 3 (Premier League)
- 02.02.2019 – Crystal Palace vs. Fulham 2: 0 (Premier League)
- 29.01.2019 – Fulham vs. Brighton & Hove Albion 4: 2 (Premier League)
- 20.01.2019 – Fulham Vs. Tottenham 1: 2 (Premier League)
Southampton Vs. Fulham Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
The away team had not much reason to celebrate in the duel between Southampton and Fulham. Only in four out of 38 games between these two teams prevailed the respective guest. The Elf from London has been able to win even a single game at St. Mary’s Stadium – this victory succeeded in the 1998/99 season in the League Cup. Fulham has not won in Southampton for 20 years. But the Cottagers were able to celebrate a 3-2 victory in the first leg of the current season in late November thanks to a towering Aleksandr Mitrovic (two goals).
Southampton vs Fulham Our Betting Prediction
The relegation crash is absolutely trend-setting for both teams on Wednesday evening. Both Southampton and Fulham have fallen short of expectations this season. After a change of coach, things went up in the meantime, but this effect has meanwhile evaporated again. Confidence is on both sides, and in the basement battle between Southampton and Fulham, a tip on the three-way market is a difficult task.
Key Facts – Southampton vs Fulham tips
The Saints have been waiting for four games to a complete success!
In 1998/99 Fulham celebrated the only victory in Southampton!
The Cottagers have not won an away game in the current season!
Home meets away weakness, with Fulham’s stranger stardom one step lower. However, odds of under 2.00 on the home win bring no value. There is a lot at stake for both teams and a setback should be avoided. Such a setback would be a goal. Accordingly, we expect two teams that will not rush forward from the beginning. Southampton also has great personnel worries on offense. Fulham seldom found his way to the gate in a foreign land. In that regard, it is a little surprising that between Southampton and Fulham odds of 1.90 are offered, that a maximum of one team will meet.
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score