In the 13th round of Premier League, we will have a chance to see 2 of the teams who have been struggling thus far, playing against each other in hopes to win their 2nd game of the season. The match will take place at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham on 24th of November.
The home side, Fulham are currently on a 7 game losing streak, 6 of which they lost in the Premier League and a 1 in the EFL Cup. In the span of 7 games, Fulham only scored 3 goals, whereas they conceded 20! Their poor defense, as well as underperforming offense, are a huge concern for this team, which already sacked their coach Slaviša Jokanović over the international break. Now with a new coach, Claudio Ranieri, they will be hoping to stop the terrible streak against a team that is only 3 points ahead of them in the Premier League. Fulham last match was against Liverpool, where they set themselves for their 6th defeat in the league. Liverpool completely dominated the match with 73% possession and 20 goal attempts. Although their domination started early into the match, Liverpool scored their 1st goal late into the 1st half ( 41′). In the second half, Fulham did not even get a shot on goal and managed to have the ball at their feet for only 13 minutes in total. On the other side, Liverpool extended their lead to 2 goals in 53′ with a goal from Shaqiri. The match continued with a few more opportunities from Liverpool, but they failed to convert any of them into a goal. Final score: 2:0.
The visiting team, Southampton are frankly not in a much better position than their opponents. With an overall record 1-5-6, they have accumulated only 8 points this season and have not won a match in the last 7 Premier League matches. They did, however, win against Everton in EFL Cup after penalties (1:2). Much like Fulham, Southampton offence is performing poorly, with only 5 goals in the past 7 matches. Their defense is not doing any better, with a total of 15 goals conceded in the past 7 matches, 6 of which came from a match against Manchester City (6:1). Looking at their last match against Watford, it ended in a draw (1:1). We saw the first goal of the match in 20′ when Gabbiadini scored for Southampton. In the first 45 minutes, we saw a total of 6 shots on goal (3 from each team) but only Southampton managed to convert its chances into a goal. Moving to the 2nd half, it was Watford, who dominated the match with 62% possession and 3 shots on goal, 1 of which was converted into a goal in 82′, when Holebas equalized the match. All in all the final result was a fair representation of what we saw from the teams. Final score: 1:1.
With neither of the teams doing exceptionally well, this might be a chance for one of them to break their winless streak. Despite Southampton’s failure to win a match in the last 8 Premier League matches, they have at least drew 4 of them, whereas Fulham lost 6 straight matches. Fulham will get into this match with a new coach, however, their morale is as low as it can get. The match can easily end in a draw, as neither of the teams has a threatening attack on their disposal, on the other hand, their defense is performing even worse.
Prediction: Over 2.50 goals
Odds 1.99 Pinnacle and SBOBET