Fulham – Southampton is a tasty treat on Boxing Day at Craven Cottage (start time 10am ET via Peacock Premium) as both teams love to entertain and this should be a open, entertaining clash on Saturday in west London.
Scott Parker’s Fulham have picked things up in recent weeks and will be eyeing this as a game they can win despite Saints’ lofty position in the table. However, Parker will not be on the sidelines as he has to self-isolate as someone in his household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Ralph Hasenhuttl and Southampton will equally see this as a game they should probably win if they want to keep their hopes of battling for European qualification on track.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this clash between the Cottagers and the Saints.
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Fulham will be without Mario Lemina who is on loan from Southampton and is therefore ineligible for this clash. Harrison Reed comes in for him. Impressive center back Joachim Andersen, who now captains Fulham, has been successful in his appeal against a red card at Newcastle and starts at center back. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ivan Cavaleiro come in for Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
3⃣ changes for the Whites today!
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) December 26, 2020
Oriol Romeu is out suspended after yellow card accumulation, while Jannik Vestergaard, Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings all miss out through injury. Jack Stephens, Ibrahima Diallo, Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long come in for them.
Ready for a Boxing Day bonanza 👊
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 26, 2020
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Fulham (+215) are the underdogs and Southampton (+125) seem like a pretty good price considering how well they’ve fared against teams in the bottom half of the table so far this season. The draw is +225.
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This will be a tight game and a real clash of styles. Fulham have tweak their possession-based style to sit deeper and launch counters, but Southampton now love to keep the ball as well as implement their high-press. I’m going for a narrow win for Hasenhuttl’s boys. Fulham 1-2 Southampton.
How to watch Fulham – Southampton, stream and start time
Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium