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St. Mary's Stadium
Southamptonface Fulham at St Mary's this weekend with both teams looking to improve on their recent defeats in the Premier League. Saints recorded their first win since gaining promotion with their 4-1 triumph over Aston Villa at home, but could not follow that up as they lost away to Everton to make it five losses in their first six games for Nigel Adkins’ men. Fulham suffered their first defeat in three games at the hands of champions Manchester City at Craven Cottage last weekend when Edin Dzeko came off the bench to net a late winner to break the Londoners' hearts. These two clubs have not met since 2005, the last season of four in which they competed against each other in the Premier League. Over those eight matches, Fulham won three and Southampton won one (four draws).
• All but one of Southampton's league games this season have gone over 3.5 goals.
• All six of Fulham's league games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
Nigel Atkins has a fully fit squad to select from with the exception of Jack Cork who remains out until next month with a knee injury. This means the return of Danny Fox, who missed the defeat at Everton due to a leg injury, with Nathaniel Clyne slotting back in at right-back after his short stint on the left. Jason Puncheon could be given the nod instead having been dropped for the defeat against Everton, while Maya Yoshida has started the last two in place of Jos Hooiveld after the latter limped out at Arsenal.
P Gazzaniga • N Clyne, J Fonte, M Yoshida, D Fox • S Davis, M Schneiderlin • J Puncheon, G Ramirez, A Lallana • R Lambert
Striker Mladen Petric is a doubt with a calf problem suffered in training and his absence would be another blow for the Cottagers, whose manager Martin Jol gives Dimitar Berbatov only a 10% chance of figuring on Sunday. Kieran Richardson is in contention having returned to training, while Giorgos Karagounis made his debut from the bench in the defeat to City and will be pushing for a first start.
M Schwarzer • S Riether, A Hughes, B Hangeland, JA Riise • D Duff, S Sidwell, C Baird, A Kacaniklic • B Ruiz • H Rodallega