Scott Parker will be absent from the dugout for the hosts, with the head coach having to self-isolate after a member of his household tested positive for Covid-19. The Cottagers have finally begun to find their feet in the top flight, having gone unbeaten in their past three games, and were bitterly unlucky against Newcastle last time out when Joachim Andersen was controversially sent off – a decision which has since been overturned on appeal. Those results have left Fulham two points adrift of safety, representing something of a major improvement after their disastrous start.
Southampton, meanwhile, have been magnificent this season, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side taking 24 points from 14 games and losing just two of their last 10 top flight games – against Manchester United and Manchester City. They will have to manage without prolific striker Danny Ings, though, who suffered an injury last time out.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side enter the weekend seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool and victory could see them move as high as second depending on results elsewhere. Here is everything you need to know:
When is it and what time is kick-off?
The game will take place at 3pm on Saturday 26 December at Craven Cottage.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
The match will be televised on Sky Sports.
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Joachim Andersen is available for Fulham after successfully appealing his red card against Newcastle. Ivan Cavaleiro is a doubt after pulling up during the warm-up of that game. Mario Lemina is not able to feature against his parent club.
Fulham: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Reed, Anguissa; Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman; Mitrovic
Southampton: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Djenepo, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Adams, Walcott
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