The turnaround in Southampton’s defensive fortunes since this time last season is nothing short of miraculous. So as Fulham arrive on the south coast, backing Mauricio Pochettino’s soaring Saints to overcome the Cottagers without conceding, could well be a profitable move.
As Southampton get their moment in front of the Sky cameras in this evening kick-off, they do so boasting the meanest defence in the Premier League.
In eight top-flight games to date, just three goals have found their way past Artur Boruc in the Saints’ onion bag, which is two fewer than the next best; Chelsea and Tottenham.
Furthermore, only one of those goals have arrived at St.Mary’s in four outings, as the evidence stacks up for backing the hosts to win to nil at 31/20 or even the Saints’ clean sheet at 11/10.
Despite Fulham having turned somewhat of a corner with successive wins in the league, their most recent wonder-goal inspired win at Crystal Palace, represented only the Cottagers’ second away-points haul of the season – which have both come against the bottom two sides.
When faced with tougher opposition away from home in the league this season, Marton Jol’s side have surrendered the points without scoring on both occasions, at Stamford Bridge and St James’ Park.
Meanwhile, sixth-placed Southampton’s transition from the Premier League’s most porous defence after eight games last season – where they had conceded a top-flight record of 24 goals – to the squeakiest, is huge credit to Pochettino, with new Croatian international centre-back Dejan Lovren performing particularly impressively.
This fixture is also one where punters ought to have a dabble in the potentially lucrative correct score market.
Saints’ have won their last two home league games 2-0, while they haven’t scored more than two in the league thus far, so the 27/10 on the 1-0/2-0 coupled correct score market appeals greatly also.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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