Fulham vs Southampton Prediction, 12/26/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fulham vs Southampton
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Location: Craven Cottage in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Fulham (+230) Southampton (+110)
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fulham (2-4-8, 17th in the EPL) play Southampton (7-3-4, 6th in the EPL) at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Alphonse Areola for Fulham and Alex McCarthy for Southampton. The odds on this matchup have Fulham priced at +230 and the Saints are at +110. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Fulham played Newcastle United in their last game and finished with a draw with a score of 1-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 80.1% rate by connecting on 411 of the 513 pass attempts in their last outing. Fulham tried 29 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 19 of those attempts for a rate of 65.5%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Fulham finished at a 23.1% rate by putting 3 shots on target of 13 shots. Fulham has an average of 0.86 g/90 (12 goals in total) and are sitting with 9 assists in all matches for the year.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Fulham. He has 31 assists while tallying 47 yellow card cautions during his career. Mitrovic has been in the starting lineup in 216 games during his career while he scores 0.52 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Serbia has 114 goals scored in 19,797 mins. Someone else who should impact this game is Ivan Cavaleiro, the forward who is from Portugal. He has assisted on a goal 29 times so far in his career and he has scored 28 total goals. Cavaleiro has totaled 12,065 minutes during 138 starting assignments and has been given a total of 21 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.21 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man protecting the net for Fulham is Alphonse Areola. Areola (103-47-41 mark during his career) has accumulated 80 shutouts, which gives him a 41.9% clean sheet percentage. The keeper hailing from France has seen 655 shots attempted against him in 191 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.97 (185 goals surrendered) and he has a save percentage of .737. Areola has been on the field for 17,210 mins and has accumulated 483 stops in his career.
The last time they took the field, Southampton took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Manchester City. They finished the match by connecting on 436 of the 517 attempted passes for a rate of 84.3%. Southampton ended the game with a 56.0% successful dribble rate by completing 14 out of the 25 dribbles they pursued. Southampton converted 3 shots tried out of their 9 shots tried which had them sitting at a 33.3% rate in their last game. Having earned a total of 25 goals and 17 assists in all matches, Southampton sports an average of 1.79 goals and 1.21 assists per 90 min.
Che Adams will need to be on top of his game for Southampton. He scores 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 147 outings in his career. The forward born in England has played 13,322 minutes while scoring 53 goals. He has tallied 16 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 17 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for James Ward-Prowse, the midfielder born in England. He has earned 26 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 25 times. Ward-Prowse has been given a total of 31 yellow cards in 15,355 minutes played (165 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.15.
Alex McCarthy will look after the net for Southampton. So far in his pro soccer career, McCarthy has given up 324 goals and has tallied 780 saves in 231 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.40 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 80-66-86. He has a save percentage of .710 and his clean sheet rate is 24.2%. McCarthy has earned 56 clean sheets while defending 1,095 shots tried against him in 20,810 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Fulham (+230)
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