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Team News ~ Fulham welcome Southampton ~ Prem MD15 20/21

last updated Friday 25th December 2020, 12:28 PM

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Fulham vrs Southampton

Premier League Match Day 15 2021 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 26th December 2020     KO: 15:00

Referee: Darren England (Barnsley)

Live on Sky Sports


Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
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Fulham head coach Scott Parker is self-isolating so his assistants Stuart Gray and Matt Wells will take charge.

On-loan midfielder Mario Lemina is also absent as he is ineligible against his parent club.

Defender Joachim Andersen was given his marching orders for pulling back Wilson last weekend, but the 24-year-old has since had his red card rescinded and will be available for the visit of Southampton.

Ivan Cavaleiro was named in the starting lineup at St James' Park but tweaked his hamstring in the warm up, and the winger remains a major doubt for this one.

Parker is expected to keep faith with most of the team from that draw with Newcastle, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek is pushing for a start in midfield with Mario Lemina ineligible.

Kenny Tete will be unlikely to feature after his wife gave birth while Terence Kongolo suffered a minor setback and is likely to be out for a further 10 days before being able to return to training.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Reed, Anguissa; Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman; Mitrovic

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl
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Southampton do have a suspension to contend with, however, as Oriol Romeu's five yellow cards means that he is banned for the trip to the capital.

Hasenhuttl has since confirmed that Ibrahima Diallo is set for his first start in the Saints midfield in place of Romeu, but the injury-plagued Danny Ings came off with a hamstring problem in the first half against City and will not make the cut on Boxing Day.

Theo Walcott may be moved into a central role to accommodate the loss of Ings, which would allow Nathan Redmond to come back in out wide assuming he is passed fit, with Jannik Vestergaard also struggling with injury.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Djenepo, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Adams, Walcott

Source Ben Knapton at Sports Mole
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