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Craven Cottage (ATT 25,700) 26th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Dowd

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Nigel Adkins: Looking to make a point at Fulham

Nigel Adkins: Looking to make a point at Fulham

Southampton look to move away from relegation danger when they visit out-of-form Fulham on Boxing Day.

Saints are only out of the bottom three on goal difference and have lost all but one of their away matches in the Premier League this season.

And defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday would not have improved the mood around St Mary's.

But a trip to west London represents an opportunity for Nigel Adkins' men given that Fulham have won just one of their last 10 matches.

Martin Jol cut a downbeat figure after a four-goal beating at Liverpool at the weekend, bemoaning the loss of key players in the summer.

But the Dutchman knows that keeping the Cottagers away from relegation trouble is part of his remit and it will alarm him that his team are just five points clear of the drop zone.

And anxiety will increase dramatically should Southampton reduce that deficit to two points by 5pm on Boxing Day.

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Fulham boss Martin Jol is likely to make changes after a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

Steve Sidwell is available again after serving a one-game suspension at Anfield and is expected to be restored to the starting line-up.

But Bryan Ruiz is a doubt and Mahamadou Diarra remains on the sidelines with Damien Duff for the Cottagers.

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Adam Lallana is again likely to be missing as he continues to struggle with a knee injury.

The Saints captain sat out Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland and looks set to miss out on the trip to Craven Cottage.

But Nigel Adkins' side appeared to come through the defeat to the Black Cats without any new knocks.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-1-2-1-2
  • Bettinelli 40 Bettinelli
  • Hoogland 2 Hoogland

  • Hutchinson 4 Hutchinson
  • Burn 33 Burn
  • Richards 29 Richards
  • Guthrie 13 Guthrie
  • Tunnicliffe 19 Tunnicliffe
  • Kavanagh 32 Kavanagh

  • Ruiz 10 Ruiz
  • Rodallega 20 Rodallega

  • McCormack 44 McCormack

Team taken from Fulham vs Norwich City (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 2nd May 2015

4-2-3-1
  • Davis K 1 Davis K
  • Clyne 2 Clyne
  • Fonte 6 Fonte
  • Alderweireld 17 Alderweireld
  • Bertrand 21 Bertrand
  • Wanyama 12 Wanyama
  • Davis S 8 Davis S

  • Long 7 Long
  • Djuricic 15 Djuricic

  • Mane 10 Mane
  • Pelle 19 Pelle

Team taken from Southampton vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015


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