Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Southampton and Fulham, the two teams who have little to play for in the season finale, face each other at St. Mary’s Stadium in what is expected to be a lively contest. The Saints impressed in the first half of the season, but they have been having their ups and downs in 2021. Southampton proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach against Fulham.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, continue with the yo-yo effect, with the team being too strong for the Championship, while too weak for the Premier League. The capital club failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Burnley, and seeing that they head into the match with the lack of confidence, home win should be considered. Both Bertrand and Smallbone are sidelined with injuries for the home team, while Romeu is a major doubt. As for the away team, Kongolo remains in the recovery room, while Cairney and Reed will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years.
During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton.
Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Premier League. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition, but managed to return in season 2018/2019.
Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight.
Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League.
The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.