Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Craven Cottage will host Saturday’s Premier League game between Fulham and Southampton, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Fulham climbed to ninth place thanks to a 3-0 win over nine-man Crystal Palace, and they must be brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Southampton. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored tenth goal of the season in the Boxing Day triumph, while Neeskens Kebano should be the only absentee in the home side.
The Saints, on the other hand, showed weakness at the back in a 3-1 loss to Brighton, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Both Larios and Livramento remain in the treatment room, whereas Lavia and Walcott should be fit for the match. You should know that Southampton are on a four-game losing run in the Premier League.
Highlighted Player (Willian):
Willian is a Brazilian football player who was born on 9 August, 1988 in Ribeirao Pires. After playing for Corinthians in the 2006/2007 season, in 2007 he joined Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk. The pacey winger won four Ukrainian Premier League trophies with the Miners, while clinching the UEFA Cup title in 2009 as well.
During his spell with Shakhtar, Willian was on Chelsea’s radar and in 2013 the chiefs of the Premier League club agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian ace for a fee of £30 million. Willian won the Premier League trophy with Chelsea in the 2014/2015 season and the following season he was named Chelsea Player of the year.
The 30-year-old winger has 38 caps for Brazil and he has netted six goals for the national team. Speaking of his personal life, Willian is married to Vanessa Martins, who gave birth to their twin daughters Valentina and Manuella.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.