Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Premier League Preview: Fulham v Southampton

Things seem to be slowly looking up for Scott Parker in recent weeks with three successive draws heading into this one.

Parker also seems to be finally nailing down his best starting XI but he will have a few enforced changes to make for this one.

Joachim Andersen serves a one-game ban with Dennis Odoi set to slot in for him at the back.

But injuries to Tom Cairney and Ivan Cavaleiro present a bigger problem for Parker with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bobby Reid the most likely replacements.

Southampton’s own form has dipped a bit in December with a draw at Arsenal and defeat to Manchester City.

And Ralph Hasenhuttl’s concerns will be deepened further by the absences of Oriol Romeu and Danny Ings for the trip to the capital.

Romeu has hit his five bookings limit for the campaign with Ings out for a month with a hamstring strain.

The Austrian does have options to shake things up at the Cottage, with Stuart Armstrong, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond amongst the possible returning faces.

Kick Off in this one is 3pm on Boxing Day at Craven Cottage

Premier League Preview: Brighton v Southampton

The Saints have struggled following the return of football after the international break, but they will still be confident of a positive result in this one.

Despite their dip in form, Ralph Hasenhuttl is not expected to make too many alterations, with Shane Long the only potential change after Moussa Djenepo failed to shake off an injury.

Star man Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond have both returned to light training this week but Hasenhuttl has already confirmed neither will be included in the squad.

Brighton boss Graham Potter will recall Tariq Lamptey to the starting line-up, following a one game ban, with Joel Veltman set to drop to the bench.

Potter also confirmed Alexis MacAllister and Neil Maupay are both fit to face the Saints but Adam Lallana, Davy Propper and Florian Andone are all still sidelined.

Brighton take on Southampton at the Amex at 8pm on Monday, December 7th.

Premier League: Southampton vs Newcastle

The Saints could go top of the Premier League if they beat the Geordies, having gone five games unbeaten since losing their opening two.

They’ll have to do it without Ings though, who suffered a knee injury against Aston Villa which is set to keep him out for between four and six weeks. It’s a massive blow to Ralph Hassenhuttl, as Ings has netted more than a third of Southampton’s goals this season. Shane Long and Michael Obafemi are on hand to step into his starting role, while Theo Walcott is another option.

Ings isn’t the only one missing though, as Southampton aim to patch up their side after suffering a bruising encounter with Aston Villa. Jan Bednarek fell heavily under an aerial challenge and is expected to miss out through the Premier League’s concussion protocol. Hassenhuttl also confirmed left-back Ryan Bertrand is also likely to miss out with a thigh injury.

Ibrahima Diallo has a dead leg from a challenge and will also be sidelined, while Mohamed Salisu is training but not expected to be fit enough for the visit of Newcastle, according to his manager.

Newcastle on the other hand are getting a few names back to fitness, having suffered plenty of injury worries in the opening seven games.

Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark are all fit for selection after long-term issues, leaving just Dwight Gayle, Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie on the treatment table.

Longstaff’s elder brother Sean has taken the place of Shelvey recently, after the former Swansea man underwent hernia surgery, and is expected to continue alongside Jeff Hendrick and Miguel Almiron in midfield, after the trio played in the win over Everton last weekend.

Callum Wilson will go in search of his seventh goal of the season, as he aims to put the disappointment of missing out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad behind him. There were also calls for Karl Darlow to join the national team, but the England boss explained that in his opinion, no one is pushing his current crop of keepers enough.

A win for Newcastle would send them third in the table ahead of Saturday and Sunday’s games, and keep their unbeaten away run going, having not suffered an away defeat yet this season.

Southampton vs Newcastle United at St Mary’s is on Friday, November 6th. Kick-off is at 8pm.