Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games when they meet Fulham in Saturday’s late kick-off.
The Saints gained another excellent result last time out, scoring a late equaliser to hold Manchester United, and they have won many admirers on their way to sixth place after eight games. Their defensive record is stark contrast to how it was at this stage last season under Nigel Adkins, and there seems to be a real togetherness among the squad, epitomised by the all action performances of Morgan Schneiderlin, which are beginning to get noticed.
For Fulham and Martin Jol, two consecutive victories have arrived at the best possible time, as the Dutchman was beginning to come under severe pressure. Two stunning goals at Crystal Palace on Monday seemed to provide them with great confidence, and they were fully in control in the second half, and the 4-1 win means they now sit just a point behind Manchester United in eighth.
Pochettino will have to decide whether to hand a recall to Rickie Lambert, who was a substitute at Old Trafford, and Steven Davis will be assessed after sustaining a minor injury in training.
Fernando Amorebieta is likely to come in for Fulham captain Brede Hangeland, who was forced off at half time against Palace. Bryan Ruiz is also a doubt.
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