Saints To Continue Winning Home Form
Premier League legend Matt Le Tissier tips Southampton to continue their form when hosting Fulham in the televised game at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side extended its unbeaten league run to five games when Adam Lallana struck in the last minute to earn a draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Saturday. Southampton showed their resilience after going behind to Robin Van Persie’s 26th minute goal, something Fulham know all about after the Saints scored late goals in both fixtures last season to earn draws at Craven Cottage and St Mary’s.
The Saints are right up there in the top six with 15 points from eight games, just one point behind Manchester City and Tottenham in fourth and fifth place. Southampton drew their first two home games this season but having won the last two on the bounce will be hoping to make it a hattrick on Saturday.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “Obviously I had a big smile on my face last Saturday. I’d said here last week that I hadn’t been as confident about a Southampton visit to Old Trafford for a long time and that proved to be the case.
A late equaliser was the least we deserved against an underperforming Manchester United and it was a good game for us punters as we nailed the under 2.5 goals, the Saints double chance and the correct scoreline.
It’s great to see us doing so well and I think we can continue our form against Fulham. The Cottagers got a much needed win at Crystal Palace on Monday but we’re unbeaten in four at home and have conceded just once.
Fulham have beaten only the bottom two clubs away and, while it is likely to be a tight one, I’m backing us to edge it with home advantage by one goal. That’s available at a healthy 27/10 with Ladbrokes.”
Fulham go to St Mary’s buoyed by the performance at Crystal Palace last week. The Cottagers had been struggling since beating Sunderland on the opening day before scraping a 1-0 win at home to Stoke three weeks ago. After falling a goal behind at Selhurst Park last weekend, Fulham responded with two sensational strikes from Patjim Kasami and Steve Sidwell before running out 4-1 winners on the day.
The victory lifted Fulham three points from the relegation zone and Martin Jol’s players will fancy their chances of making it three consecutive wins which was last achieved two seasons ago.