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Mauricio Pochettino's men have made a fine start to the season and our tipster is backing them to edge a low-scoring match against Martin Jol's Cottagers at St Mary's

Southampton will look to maintain their positive start to the Premier League season when they play host to Fulham on Saturday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have lost just one of their 10 competitive fixtures in all competitions this season and are chalked up as warm favourites with BetVictor to claim all three points against Martin Jol’s men this weekend.

BetVictor go just 4/7 (1.57) for the Saints to emerge triumphant at St Mary’s on Saturday while Martin Jol’s side, boosted by a thumping 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night, can be backed at a massive 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm. The draw is available at 16/5 (4.20) with BetVictor.

Southampton come into this weekend’s set of fixtures boasting the best defensive record in the English top flight, having conceded just three goals in their opening eight Premier League matches and will be in confident mood ahead of their meeting with the Cottagers.

Prior to Monday’s win over Crystal Palace, Fulham had just five goals in seven Premier League matches and, with Martin Jol’s men only having netted once on the road before thumping the Eagles, the visitors may struggle to test the Saints defence too severely on Saturday.

With that in mind, there is value to be had in BetVictor’s 20/21 (1.95) quote that fewer than three goals are scored when these two sides go head-to-head and, indeed, this is the recommended play for punters on Saturday.

Those looking to back bigger prices should look to BetVictor’s correct score market for value and it is the juicy 7/1 (8.0) quote for the Saints to win 2-0 that carries most appeal here.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won 2-0 in each of their last three home matches in all competitions and, following an impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, the Saints can be backed with confidence to get back to winning ways on home soil here.

Under 2.5 goals at 20/21 (1.95) 2pt stake with BetVictor Southampton to win 2-0 at 7/1 (8.0) 0.5pt stake with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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