Tuesday 27 August: 7.45pm KO
These two clubs ended the weekend in a different mood from the one in which they started. Fulham had been in good form but lost at home to Nottingham Forest. Southampton had lost both their first two Premier League games of the season, but then won 2-0 at Brighton. Now the two clubs meet in the Carabao Cup second round hoping for a good run in the competition.
Southampton made a poor start to their Premier League season losing their first two games. A 3-0 defeat at Burnley again exposed how inconsistent they can be on their travels. Next up for them was a home game against Livepool. Their opponents may have been tired after their midweek trip to Istanbul for the European Super Cup, but still beat the Saints 2-1.
Not the greatest of starts but things started to pick up at the weekend. The Saints traveled to Brighton for a south coast derby and ran out 2-0 winners. New signing Moussa Djenepo had an entertaining few minutes in the second half. He came on as sub in the 53rd minute, scored two minutes later and then got himself booked in the 62nd minute. A Nathan Redmond goal in the 95th minute secured the win for the Saints and got them off the mark for the season. You can get 6/4 (2.5) at BetVictor on them beating Fulham in 90 minutes.
Southampton reached the final of this competition in the 2016/17 season. They lost to Manchester United in the final and since then have lost in the second and fourth rounds. Just what kind of line-up is chosen by them for this game will be interesting. The usual routine. is to make plenty of changes and that’s likely with a home game against Manchester United at the weekend. Should they do that though? For a club like Southampton, the cup competitions surely represent their only chance of winning a trophy. It’s 50/1 (51.0) that the Saints win the Carabao Cup this season.
Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last season. That was despite spending over £100m on new players during the summer. Their biggest problem last year was their defence that shipped goal after goal. The summer didn’t see too much of an exodus from the club. The most notable departure was that of Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham. Importantly though they kept hold of Aleksandar Mitrovic. He’s already scored four goals this season and is 5/4 (2.25) at Bet365 to score against Southampton.
After five games in the Championship, Fulham are fifth in the Championhip, four points behind leaders Leeds United. Fulham started the season with a 1-0 loss at Barnsley but then won the next three in a row. Two home wins came with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn followed by a 4-0 demolition of Millwall. In between that, they went to Huddersfield and won 2-1. The weekend wasn’t so successful for them though as they lost their unbeaten record losing 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest.
Fulham haven’t got past the fourth round of this competition since a quarter final appearance in 2004/05. Last season saw them knocked by Manchester City in the fourth round. You can get odds of 9/5 (2.8) on them beating Southampton in 90 minutes.
Both teams are likely to rotate their squad for this game.
Southampton have won four of their last five games against Fulham. The two sides have only met once in the League Cup with a win and a draw for Fulham. In five cup ties, Southampton have only won once with every game having under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 4/5 (1.8) on that stat coming up in this game if your bet is placed at William Hill.
Fulham beat Southampton at home in the Premier League last season. They have made a mixed start to the season with three wins and two defeats. Southampton kick-started their season with a win at Brighton on Saturday. A draw with over 1.5 goals has odds of 16/5 (4.2) at Paddy Power.