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

Sheffield United’s misery deepens with 3-0 defeat at Southampton

Pressure on the Blades boss will continue to intensify in the days ahead as goals from Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond sealed three points for the Saints.

Both teams struggled to settle into an early rhythm on a rainy south coast as Jan Bedranek powered a header wide and Sander Berge’s scuffed effort failed to test Alex McCarthy.

But with a scrappy theme beginning to develop before the break the Saints did edge in front through Adams.

James Ward-Prowse’s free kick was headed back into the box and Adams was more determined than John Egan as he bundled past Aaron Ramsdale.

Not being able to keep Southampton out before the break dented United confidence after the restart as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team went through gears.

Armstrong extended their lead on the hour as his deflected strike trickled past Ramsdale.

That left the Blades chasing shadows in the closing stages as Redmond tucked home a deserved third with five minutes left.

He linked up cleverly with Oriol Romeu on the edge of the box and with no Blades defender tracking his run he confidently slotted past Ramsdale.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 3 Sheffield United 0

Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United 3-2 comeback win at Southampton

The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes, but an old classic of a game of two halves, Cavani’s half time kickstarted an incredible United comeback.

On a day to forget for United’s defence, it was the Saints who stormed into the lead on 23 minutes as Jan Bednarek powered home James Ward-Prowse’s corner.

And Ward-Prowse turned from provider to lethal finisher ten minutes later as the England midfielder curled home a trademark free kick.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team could and should have wrapped the game up before the break, but United keeper David De Gea produced a brilliant stop to deny Stuart Armstrong.

That chink of hope was all United needed after restart, as Alex McCarthy denied Cavani and Marcus Rashford in a busy spell for the visitors.

But that change in direction for Solskjaer’s side was exactly what they needed as Bruno Fernandes burst into the box to bury Cavani’s cross.

With their tails up in the final stages, a determined United equalised with 15 to go, as Fernandes and Cavani linked up again.

The Portuguese international’s cross caused panic inside the Saints box and Cavani stayed alive to poke past McCarthy.

However, the veteran striker was in no mood to settle for a point on the south coast and he nodded home Rashford’s cross to seal a dramatic three points in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Manchester United 3

Impressive Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle

The Saints have been in excellent form in recent weeks, and despite the absence of star man Danny Ings, a goal in either half from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong secured another three points.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were quick out of the blocks in this one as Adams edged them in front on seven minutes.

Miguel Almiron gave away possession on the edge of the box, and Theo Walcott’s neat cut back was fired home by Adams.

The impressive Walcott looked to be on a mission from there as Moussa Djenpo’s flick sent him through, but his effort curled just wide.

The home side continued to push and push Newcastle after the break, as Oriol Romeu’s powerful effort clipped the bar and Jan Bedranek forced a fine stop from Karl Darlow.

With the Magpies unable to muster up a response, Southampton grabbed a deserved second with nine minutes to go.

Again, Newcastle played themselves in trouble as Sean Longstaff gave away the ball in a key area and Scottish international Armstrong tiptoed past Jamal Lasacelles and tucked home.

Newcastle did almost steal a late consolation, but the redundant Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save from Joelinton.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Newcastle 0

Southampton edge out 4-3 Premier League thriller at Aston Villa

The Saints have been on of the top-flight’s most in form teams in recent weeks and some spectacular finishing from birthday boy James Ward-Prowse just about secured all three points at Villa Park.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have developed a reputation as fast starters this season and they were on the front foot early here as Theo Walcott fired against the bar.

And with all the pressure coming from the visitors they found a breakthrough on 20 minutes as Jannik Vestergaard nodded home Ward-Prowse’s corner.

Ward-Prowse then took control of things for the Saints as the England international fired home a pair of superb free kicks before the break.

Villa did try to force their way back into the game after restart with Trezeguet and Jack Grealish both forcing saves from Alex McCarthy.

But the Saints were in no mood to let their lead slip away as Danny Ings got in on the act to make it 4-0.

Stuart Armstrong fed the former Liverpool man inside the box and he curled another brilliant effort past Emiliano Martinez.

But despite the game appearing dead and buried in the closing stages, Dean Smith’s side launched an incredible late rally as Tyrone Mings headed home Grealish’s cross.

Villa threw everything at it in the final moments as Ollie Watkins fired home from the penalty spot and Grealish tucked past McCarthy.

But in the end there just was not quite enough time to haul back the Saints.

Full Time at a brilliant end at Villa Park it’s Aston Villa 3 Southampton 4

Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League home win over West Brom

The Saints never really got out of second gear against the Baggies as a goal in each half from Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu secured all three points.

The home side were the brighter of the two teams in the opening stages, with Che Adams and Kyle Walker-Peters both testing Sam Johnstone.

The former Manchester United keeper continued to keep the Baggies in the game, as he produced an instinctive stop from Danny Ings.

But with Johnstone forming a one-man barrier to the hosts, it was only a matter of time before they broke through, as Djenepo confidently tucked home just before the break.

Slaven Bilic’s side carved out some half chances after the restart, but with the visitors keeping them at arm’s length, Romeu secured the win late on.

Stuart Armstrong’s cross wasn’t cut out by the Baggies defence and the Spaniard swept home his first goal since 2019.

FULL TIME AT THE ST.MARY’S STADIUM IT’S SOUTHAMPTON 2 WEST BROM 0