Fulham v Southampton

Fulham authorities lost its patience with manager Slavisa Jokanovic this season, sacking the former boss during the international break and replaced by Claudio Ranieri who was the man behind Leicester City’s stunning Premier League title back in 2016. Fulham’s new boss will be aiming to make an impact at Craven Cottage on Saturday in his first ever match for Fulham as he seeks to turn their dwindling fortunes around.

On the other hand, the visiting Southampton are looking forward for their first victory in nine of their Premier League fixtures. Southampton’s Mark Hughes is currently the one rumoured to be the next top-flight manager to follow Jokanovic for the sacking since his team have not managed to win any of their recent nine fixtures. They also failed to come out victorious in their most recent match at home against Watford, having been deprived of three points by an adjudicating verdict by Simon Hooper.

Fulham have only been defeated once in their previous 14 home league fixtures against Southampton, and their only defeat was from their meeting way back in February 2014. Southampton, who managed to overpower Crystal Palace when they were in London, now have the opportunity to come out victorious in their second consecutive league match in the capital for the first since since the 2014-15 season when they managed to defeat both Palace and Queens Park Rangers.

On the other hand, the Saints were able to stay out of relegation when they shared a 1-1 draw against Watford just before the international break, leaving them just outside of the relegation zone on goal difference at 17th place. Southampton are without a league victory since the beginning of September and they only managed to gather a total of 8 goals this season.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 1.952

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United will come into Saturday’s fixture with the intention of bouncing back from their derby defeat against Manchester City and improve their eight-placed spot at the Premier League table. The 7-point gap between United and the top 4 isn’t really impossible to reach so it’s necessary for them to win this match and other upcoming ones. They will be hosting the visiting Crystal Palace on Saturday who are also looking forward to claim their first victory in eight of their Premier League fixtures.

Even though Manchester United succumbed to defeat against Manchester City, there has been a resurrection for Jose Mourinho’s team when they unexpectedly came out victorious in a 2-1 shocking win against Juventus in the Champions League just before the derby with City. They managed to win 3 of their previous 5 league fixtures as well as improving their defensive strategy. They were able to keep a Premier League clean sheet just once this season though, yielding 21 goals, more than any team in the top 14 of the table at the moment.

Crystal Palace will surely be taking advantage of that, however, they are currently not in their best form at the moment. Their loss against Tottenham Hotspur last time out made it 7 winless games for them, losing 5 in those. If they win this match against Fulham, they should remain outside the elimination zone but at this rate, it seemed they won’t be able to stay inside their comfort zone for long.

Man United have played a total of 18 Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace without having been defeated, the highest in the tournament for a team who have never been overpowered by a rival. Jose Mourinho has lost only once in his 51 league home fixtures, however, that setback was actually during a match against Palace back when he was Chelsea’s manager in 2015.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.790

Brighton v Leicester

Goals are expected on Saturday’s faceoff between Leicester and Brighton. Leicester City will be hoping to prolong their three-match undefeated run and keep a third consecutive clean sheet as they visit Brighton and Hove Albion who are also looking forward to bounce back from their setbacks in their two previous matches.

Since the beginning of last season, Leicester have both netted and conceded in a league-high 32 Premier League fixtures. They won both their last season’s Premier League encounters with Brighton. They will come into this game aiming for a quicker start than their past outings. However, just recently, Leicester played out a goalless draw in a home match against Burnley before the international break began in what was an emotional come back to King Power Stadium for the first time since the tragic helicopter incident on October. Leicester haven’t been in their best shape since the incident but surely they would want to put all their concentration back on their performance on the field.

On the other hand, Brighton have really impressed last season after managing to avoid relegation. Chris Hughton seems to be doing a good job in strengthening the team for a lengthy spell in the English top flight.  However, a few worries might have returned just recently following their 2-1 setback against Cardiff City just before the international break. This was after their defeat to Everton but their home performances have a tendency to to make up for their deficiency on the road.

Brighton may seem like the inferior team between the two sides but their home record boasts sensational stats. They only lost 5 of their Premier League fixtures at the Amex Stadium ever since returning to the top flight in the previous season. However, four of their defeats was against the consistent Premier League Big Six. Moreover, they only lost once in their previous 5 home fixtures against Saturday’s opponents.

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.50 goals at 1.671

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.
By @EliaasMJ

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