Fulham were relegated on Monday night back to the Championship courtesy of a 2-0 loss at home to Burnley. Now, with three matches left this season, the Cottagers have nothing left to play for. There is no pressure on the side which could help them achieve results. On Saturday, Fulham visit St. Mary’s Stadium to play Southampton, who are also safe from relegation. The Saints picked up a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace in midweek to end a four-match winless run.

Southampton are 14th in the Premier League with 40 points from 35 matches this term. Since the second half of the season started, Southampton have sunk down the table to their current position. At one point, Southampton overachieved and were in the European qualification places. However, they have slid down the table into a position that reflects their quality. The Saints have an expected points figure of 39.76.

Fulham have greatly underachieved in terms of their expected points total. They have an expected points figure of 39.82 compared to an actual total of 27. Fulham took a point off of Southampton at Craven Cottage. The game finished nil-nil and was a bit of a bore. Fulham tallied 10 shots with one on target while Southampton registered three shots with two hitting the target.

Will we see a winner on Saturday between Southampton and Fulham? Or will the fixture end in another stalemate like their December match?

Southampton vs Fulham Betting Odds

 

Fulham are propping up the current Premier League form table. They took a mere one point from the last 18 on offer. Their last two games in the league finished as losses. Fulham scored just three goals during the last six matches while conceding 11 times.

Sportsbooks have Scott Parker’s team at odds of 29/10 to win away at St. Mary’s Stadium. Fulham have not won at St. Mary’s Stadium in the last 20 years. Their last seven trips to the south coast to play Southampton in all competitions ended without a victory.

Southampton are at odds of 21/20 to win the match at full-time. The Saints took seven points from the last 18 available to them. They were outscored 11-8 during that timeframe. Their 3-1 win against Crystal Palace ended a four-match winless streak.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team are unbeaten in three straight games at St. Mary’s. They have taken 24 points from 17 matches at home. They are +3 in goal difference playing on their own turf. The teams drew nil-nil at Craven Cottage in December. The teams are at odds of 11/4 to draw once more. Fulham have drawn the league’s second-most games this season with 12 draws. Southampton have seven draws from 35 matches in the league.

Southampton vs Fulham Team News

Hasenhuttl could be without three players going into the Saturday match. Midfielder Oriol Romeu is a doubt to play due to an ankle injury. Defender Ryan Bertrand is ruled out of the game with a calf/shin injury. He could miss the remainder of the campaign. William Smallbone continues to rehab his knee following an ACL injury. He won’t return to the team until next season.

Danny Ings returned to the squad on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace. He scored twice to lead Southampton to the victory. Ings has scored three goals in his last two matches for the club. He had missed the two matches prior to the Crystal Palace game due to an injury.

Parker has three players on the Fulham injury list going into the weekend. He could have long-term absentee Tom Cairney back before the end of the term. Although he is still listed as a doubt, Cairney is nearing a return from a knee injury.

Harrison Reed is also on the comeback trail from injury. He could make the squad against Southampton. Meanwhile, Parker will be without Terence Kongolo. He is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Southampton vs Fulham Prediction

Both teams to score: NO @ 21/20 - BET NOW

 

The previous fixture between the teams finished with both teams not scoring goals. With Fulham struggling to get goals, the weekend match should once again see both teams not score goals. Two of the last five games in the league finished with both teams not scoring goals for Southampton. Fulham’s last two matches in the league ended with both teams not finding the back of the net.

Danny Ings to score anytime @ 13/8 - BET NOW

 

Ings is on fire once more. He has three goals in the last two games for Southampton. Ings bagged two goals against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. The striker’s form has led to links to other clubs. Ings could leave Southampton in the offseason as there is just one season left on his contract at Southampton. West Ham are the latest team to be linked with the former Liverpool striker.

Under 2.5 goals scored @ 5/6 - BET NOW

 

Six of the last eight matches in all competitions between Southampton and Fulham finished with under 2.5 goals scored. The Saints saw two of their last three matches in the league finished with under 2.5 goals scored. Southampton scored just eight times in their last six fixtures. Meanwhile, Fulham scored just three times in their last six fixtures. Fulham’s last four games in the league ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Just like their previous fixture in the league this season, the teams should combine for under 2.5 goals scored once more.

Southampton are certainly the better team going into the game. The Saints have no pressure on their shoulders going into the final three games of the campaign. It could see Southampton improve their form and play like they did in the first half of the league season. Fulham are on their way down to the Championship. They have been wholly awful this season. Another loss is likely on the cards for Fulham as they finish out their final three games of the Premier League season.