Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(45) 25 Goals 33 (45)
(31) 13 Assists 11 (24)
(6.7) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
31.5 Average Age 26.8
183.3 Average Height (cm) 182.5
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 1.1 (1)
(54%) 56% Aerial Duel Success 51% (50%)
(0.4) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.6)
(1.5) 1.6 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Bryan Ruiz Out 7.28
Simon Davies Out N/A
Mahamadou Diarra Out 6.96
Damien Duff Doubtful 6.69
Mladen Petric Doubtful 6.43
Player Reason Status Rating
Adam Lallana Out 6.96

Team News

  • Damien Duff is a doubt having missed the trip to Anfield through injury, with Diarra, Davies and Ruiz all still sidelined.
  • Steve Sidwell returns from suspension to bolster Martin Jol's options in midfield and after their dismal display against Liverpool he is likely to come straight back into the side.
  • Hugo Rodallega will hope to start having come closest to scoring from the bench, while Kerim Frei, who also had an impact, will also hope for a rare outing.
  • Captain Adam Lallana is the only absentee for Nigel Adkins, though the manager may make changes after a poor result against Sunderland.
  • Steve De Ridder made his first appearance of the season from the bench last time out and may have done enough to earn a start on Boxing Day.
  • He could come in on the wing to allow Ramirez to return to a more central role in support of Rickie Lambert.

Prediction

  • These two sides drew earlier in the season and have played out close encounters whenever they've met in the Premier League, with 5 draws in their 9 meetings.
  • Southampton have, however, never won a Premier League game at Craven Cottage, losing 3 times and drawing once and Jol will insist on an improved performance from his side in front of their home fans.
  • The Cottagers have picked up four of their five wins at home so they will be confident, and this should be an entertaining match between two sides who look to play the right way.
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