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S’ton v Fulham: Count on the Saints for a goal-filled game

| 06.10.2012

Southampton’s defensive frailties mean they’re going to have to turn St Mary’s into something resembling a fortress if they are to avoid relegation this season.

They’re 13/8 to beat Fulham in this one and, desperate as they are for a win, will be boosted by the Cottagers woeful record on the road.

A win at Wigan last time was an anomaly following three straight defeats early in this campaign and 17 Premier League away losses in the two campaigns prior.

Saints looked to have finally started their season when they last ran out in front of their own fans when they walloped Aston Villa 4-1 and Fulham haven’t won on their patch since a league cup triumph in 1998. You’ve got to go back to 1935 to find their last league win here.

With these records in mind, a defeat would be disastrous for Nigel Adkins’ men but, if they play like they did against Man United and Villa, at least in an attacking respect, they will certainly get some goals against the ill-travelling Cottagers.

Rickie Lambert has bagged three times with the St Mary’s faithful watching on, adapting to Premier League life like the proverbial duck to water. He’s the 11/4 favourite to score first in this one, though the 9/1 on offer that he nets with his preferred left peg is the better option of the two.

Goals are one thing Southampton can be relied upon for, win, lose or draw and for there to be more than 2.5 scored here Ladbrokes are offering 4/6 – another great price. Six of the Saints’ last eight have gone this way so a repeat of it here is well worth a bet.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton