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Fulham vs Southampton
Carabao Cup Second Round
Tuesday 27th August 2019 (7.45pm BST)
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistants: Nigel Lugg and Michael George
Fourth Official: Alan Dale
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Ralph Hasenhüttl has urged his squad to give everything for progression in the Carabao Cup tonight at Fulham.
Buoyed by getting off the mark in the Premier League at Brighton, thanks to goals from Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond, the boss has urged his side to go as far as they can in the competition.
In contrast, the hosts head into this one looking to bounce back following their 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the weekend. Two Lewis Grabban goals, one either side of the break, put the visitors in control before Aleksandar Mitrovic's late goal reduced the arrears.
That result though was on the back of three straight victories for Scott Parker's side, who have made an impressive start to life back in the Championship.
Southampton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this cup contest, with Hasenhüttl hinting at rotating his squad at this stage of the competition.
Scott Parker has no fresh injury worries ahead of the meeting, with Kevin McDonald, Bobby Reid and Aboubakar Kamara pushing for a starting spot.
Defender Denis Odoi remains sidelined with a knee problem that has seen him miss the last three games, while Saints midfielder Harrison Reed is ineligible due to the terms of his loan.
Josh Onomah could feature for the first time since joining the club as part of a deal that took Ryan Sessegnon to Tottenham.
Brighton (a) W 2-0
Liverpool (h) L 2-1
Burnley (a) L 3-0
FC Köln (h) W 2-0 (Ings pen, Højbjerg)
Feyenoord (a) W 3-1 (Adams, Yoshida, Boufal)
Nottingham Forest (h) L 2-1
Millwall (h) W 4-0
Huddersfield (a) W 2-1
Blackburn (h) W 2-0
Barnsley (a) L 1-0
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It’s another focus we have this season. We want to be a long part of the competition, but the first cup game is not an easy draw, away against Fulham.
“We are very focused and we really want to give everything to be in the next round.
"I have a lot of players, especially in the attacking positions, so there are many options,” he added.
“I think it’s important that we have won in the Premier League now, and I’m looking forward to an interesting cup game.”
Scott Parker: “It will be a difficult game for us tonight, we all understand the challenge ahead against Premier League opposition with a big squad.
“We’ll go out and give the best show of ourselves and hopefully try to get a result,.
"At this early stage in the season some players haven’t managed to get in the team at this present moment in time.
“The match provides them with some game time and it also gives us an opportunity to bring in some youngsters to the squad as well.
“We want people to recognise that there is an opportunity for young players at this club and there will be tonight, be it people playing or on the bench and this is a competition for us to put this trust in to some of the players.”
ONE TO WATCH
Sofiane Boufal: Following his substitute appearance against Brighton, Boufal will be hoping to be one of the changes that the boss has hinted at for the Carabao Cup second round fixture.
The Moroccan international's direct run and cross saw him get a first of the assist of the season for Nathan Redmond's goal on Saturday.
Boufal is one of a number of attacking options at Hasenhüttl's disposal and he will be hoping to make an impact at Craven Cottage.
Ivan Cavaleiro: An exciting winger, Cavaleiro joined Fulham from Wolves on loan this summer and could have a huge bearing on their promotion hopes. In 42 matches of Wolves' 2017/18 title-winning season, he scored nine times and laid on 12 assists.
He has already proved his worth so far in this campaign too, netting a stunning winner against Huddersfield Town earlier this month to give a glimpse of what he is capable of.
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2019: Saints 2-0 Fulham (Ward-Prowse, Romeu)
November 2018: Fulham 3-2 Saints (Armstrong 2)
January 2018: Fulham 0-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
February 2014: Fulham 0-3 Saints (Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez)
October 2013: Saints 2-0 Fulham (Lambert, Rodriguez)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have won four of their last five matches against Fulham in all competitions (W4 D0 L1).
- None of Fulham’s last 26 home League Cup games have ended as a draw (W17 L9) – their last draw was against Southampton in September 1998.
- Southampton have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last 10 League Cup matches and have won their last three away League Cup matches in London, winning against Millwall in August 2014 and twice against Arsenal in September 2014 and November 2016.
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