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October 7, 2012 8:30 AM EDT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
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Premier League Preview: Southampton - Fulham

Martin Jol will be trying to arrest his side's poor away form against a shaky home defense, but he faces a big challenge without the injured Dimitar Berbatov pulling the strings.

By Tom J Doyle

Martin Jol
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

Southampton

Gazzaniga
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox
Schneiderlin
Puncheon, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Lallana
Lambert
Fulham

Schwarzer
Riether, Hughes, Hangelaand, Riise
Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Duff
Petric, Rodallega

Home side Southampton has a clean bill of health save from youngster Jack Cork, who will be out for a minimum of five weeks after suffering a knee injury during last week's League Cup tie.

The Saints have no suspended players either, so Nigel Adkins will be able to work with a near-full squad of players, which will be heartening given the club's poor start to the 2012-13 campaign. Morgan Schneiderlin should be back for the hosts to screen Fulham's attacks in front of the defense, while Ricky Lambert and Jose Fonte returned during last week's 3-1 defeat at Everton.

The visitors have more to worry about in terms of injuries, with striker Dimitar Berbatov (thigh) out until at least Oct. 20. Kerim Frei (groin) has returned to training and is in contention for his first Fulham appearance of the season, and Phillippe Senderos (foot) could be back to bolster the back line.

Simon Davies (neck) could also make his return but has no set return date as of yet, while Mahamadou Diarra (knee) is out until at least November.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton has lost five of its last six matches in the Premier League.
  • The Saints have dropped nine points from winning positions this season.
  • 83 percent of Southampton's matches have had more than two goals scored in total.
  • Southampton has conceded at least two goals in five of its last six matches in the Premier League.
  • There have been more than two goals scored in Fulham's last six games in the Premier League
  • Fulham is undefeated in its last five matches against Southampton in all competitions.
  • 78 percent of Fulham's conceded goals were conceded away.
  • Southampton has played Fulham six times at home, with each side winning three games.
  • Fulham's Giorgos Karagounis (pictured) is one goal away from 50 career strikes in league play in a decorated career that has seen him play in the Greek Super League, Serie A and Portuguese Liga.


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25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
7Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
38Ben ReevesDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
27Richard ChaplowMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
27Sascha RietherMidfielder
7Steve SidwellMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
8Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
14Giorgos KaragounisMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
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