Southampton v Fulham: match preview

Southampton may have had a wretched second half of the season – Tuesday’s win over Crystal Palace was only their third in 18 Premier League games – but they do have one thing Fulham would dearly like: another season in the top flight. Having won just three of their last 25 games and five in total Scott Parker and his side cannot really complain, but there are many neutrals who will be sad to see them go given their enterprising attacking game. Premier League scouts will be circling around the likes of André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Tosin Adarabioyo but given the volume of players on loan Parker will want to hang on to his leading lights if he is to fashion an instant return. Danny Ings was on target in that midweek win and while the striker may not be a Southampton player for much longer, on Saturday he will again likely exhibit the kind of lethal finishing that Fulham, for all their good intent, could not muster this season. Paul Chronnell

Saturday 3pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St Mary’s Stadium

Last season n/a

Referee Craig Pawson

This season G20 Y72 R3 3.75 cards/game

Odds H 6-5 A 13-5 D 5-2

Subs from McCarthy, Lewis, Nlundulu, Djenepo, Tella, Diallo, Finnigan, Ferry, Chauke, Watts, Tchaptchet, Jankewitz, Ramsay, Salisu, Obafemi

Doubtful None

Injured Romeu (ankle, 18 May), Bertrand (calf, unknown), Smallbone (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y62 R3


Leading scorer Ings 12

Subs from Rodak, Fabri, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Aina, Odoi, Onomah, Reed, Carvalho, Mitrovic.

Doubtful None

Not available Lemina (terms of loan deal from Southampton)

Injured Kongolo (knee, June), Cairney (knee, June)

Suspended None

Discipline Y49 R3


Leading scorer Decordova-Reid 5