Southampton vs Fulham Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
Southampton vs Fulham Premier League
Southampton recorded their fourth Premier League (PL) win of 2021 on Tuesday, knowing that their Premier League (PL) status is now secure. Despite that victory over Crystal Palace, the ‘Saints’ have picked up the fewest points this calendar year (14) and conceded the most goals (43).
Now unbeaten in three at home (W2, D1), Southampton have also fared well this season when taking on other bottom eight sides at St. Mary’s (W5, D0, L1). Indeed, they’ve beaten a -1 handicap on four occasions against such sides and scored three goals on three separate occasions. Despite conceding in eight consecutive home games, Southampton have actually only conceded 35.48% of their overall goals ‘against’ at home – the lowest PL proportion.
Recording their second straight one-season PL stay, Scott Parker’s Fulham side were officially relegated on Monday night after extending their winless run to seven games (D1, L6), in a season blighted by too many draws (12) and too few goals (25). Nevertheless, Fulham have maintained a relatively strong record against the bottom eight sides (W2, D8, L2), losing just 16.67% compared to 69.57% against the rest.
Winning seven more points on their travels than at home, away form hasn’t been to blame for their relegation. Indeed, just seven PL sides have avoided a HT deficit more often away from home than the ‘Cottagers’ (13), while only Manchester City and Aston Villa have conceded fewer than Fulham’s average of 0.35 away goals ‘against’ before HT.
Players to score: Southampton’s Che Adams has scored all eight of his PL goals before the 60th minute, with four in the 15 minutes directly after HT. Meanwhile, Fulham top scorer Bobby Decordova-Reid has netted four of his five PL goals in the first 30 minutes.
Hot stat: Seven (33.33%) of the 21 PL goals Fulham have conceded on the road arrived after the 75th minute.
Prediction: Southampton  vs  Fulham