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Emirates FA Cup Third Round 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 6th January 2018    KO: 15:00

Michael Oliver (Northumberland)


Slavisa Jokanovic
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Fulham winger Floyd Ayite is set to miss the visit of Southampton in the FA Cup.

Ayite limped off with a suspected hamstring injury during the 4-1 victory over Ipswich on Tuesday and could face another spell on the sidelines.

But fellow wide man Lucas Piazon is in line for his first start since August after a broken leg.

David Button is set for a run-out in goal while boss Slavisa Jokanovic will be considering further changes.

Craven Cottage is becoming a fortress once again for Fulham, who have won four of their last matches there.

Fulham will be hosting Southampton in the FA Cup for the first time since a third-round replay in January 1999, when Barry Hayles scored a 85th minute winner at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers have lost three of their last four FA Cup games at home against opposition from a higher division (W1), although they picked up a 4-1 win against Hull City in the fourth round last season.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino
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Southampton will look to get their season moving in the right direction with a win over Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup.

Saints have not won in nine games and are slipping towards trouble in the Premier League.

However, Mauricio Pellegrino has a strong cup pedigree having led Alaves to the Copa del Rey final in 2016.

Defender Jeremy Pied has been added to Southampton's injury list ahead of their third-round clash at Craven Cottage.

French full-back Pied, who played the full 90 minutes as Saints lost to Crystal Palace on Tuesday, has suffered a leg problem, joining fellow defenders Wesley Hoedt (concussion) and Cedric Soares (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Top scorer Charlie Austin has completed a three-game ban but will continue to be absent due to a hamstring issue.

Southampton have progressed past lower league opponents in 17 of their last 18 FA Cup ties, although the last two occasions have seen the Saints taken to a replay.

Each of Southampton's last six FA Cup third-round matches (excl. replays) have seen both teams score, with 25 goals scored in total (4.2 goals per game).

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