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  • October 27, 2013
  • • 00:30
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 28631
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Southampton 1.57 1.62 1.60 1.55 1.60
Draw 4.00 4.00 4.00 3.90 4.00
Fulham 6.00 5.50 5.50 6.50 6.00
Southampton - Fulham Preview: Jol's men eye third straight win against frugal Saints

Southampton - Fulham Preview: Jol's men eye third straight win against frugal Saints

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The Cottagers won their last two outings in the league, but face the meanest defence in the division on Saturday, with the south coast outfit conceding just three goals this term

Southampton will look to preserve the Premier League's best defensive record on Saturday against a Fulham side fresh from two wonder goals.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have the meanest rearguard in the top flight, having conceded just three times so far, but Martin Jol’s side are likely to test that to limit following their goalscoring exploits last time out.

The London side – who have only three wins in the new campaign – registered a superb 4-1 triumph over Crystal Palace on Monday, which included two stunning strikes from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell.

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Kasami struck an early goal-of-the-season contender when he controlled the ball on his chest before smashing a long-distance effort into the top corner of the net to equalise, before Sidwell then put his team in front with another sensational volley.

Less spectacular efforts from Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos comfortably sealed the three points for Jol's men, who must now look to build on that result as they seek a third win on the bounce.

They are likely to face a significantly tougher test at St Mary's, with Southampton on a dominant run of home form that has seen them stay unbeaten in front of their own fans in the new campaign.

Fulham have never won at the south-coast venue either, with their last victory away from home against Southampton coming at The Dell when they won 1-0 in September 1998.

Pochettino is faced with a selection dilemma and must decide whether to return Rickie Lambert to the starting XI; the 31-year-old was benched against Manchester United last weekend in favour of club-record signing Dani Osvaldo.

Pochettino will also potentially need to tinker with his midfield, with Northern Ireland international Steven Davis facing a last fitness test after taking a knock in training on Wednesday.

Fulham boss Jol has his own concerns, and he could be without defender Brede Hangeland and striker Bryan Ruiz, who will face late assessments over leg and back problems respectively.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
5Dejan LovrenDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
28Calum ChambersMidfielder
26Jos HooiveldDefender
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
19Tadanari LeeStriker
1Maarten StekelenburgGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
35AmorebietaDefender
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
39Darren BentStriker
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
22Elsad ZverotićDefender
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
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