U18 Preview: Fulham vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 12 Mar Fulham vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Marco Rus

Southampton’s youngsters are back on the road this week, visiting Fulham on Saturday morning in the Under-18s Premier League.

THE MATCH

Fulham vs Saints
Under-18s Premier League
London School of Economics
Saturday 13th March, 11am GMT

This weekend sees a tough away fixture for Southampton’s Under-18s, travelling to a Fulham side who sit in second place just two points off the top.

Last-time-out Saints gained a valuable point at home against West Ham United at Snows Stadium.

The Hammers had taken an early lead through Divin Mubama after just seven minutes before full-back Lewis Payne grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time.

It’s a point which takes Saints to within three points of Leicester who sit above them and with a game in hand.

Fulham go into this game off of a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa at home two weeks ago.

A hat-trick, including two penalties, from Mika Biereth alongside a Kieron Bowie strike completed a dominant afternoon for the Cottagers.

Three points on Saturday would see them go top of the Southern Under-18s Premier League if Crystal Palace fail to win.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Lewis Payne of Southampton during the Premier League U18s match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton U18 at The Amex Elite Football Performance Center on February 16, 2021 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southamtpon FC)
Lewis Payne scored a late leveller last-time-out.

LAST MEETING

Saints and Fulham last met at the end of October at Staplewood Campus, with the visitors coming away with the three points.

Luke Harris put the Cottagers ahead in the second half after a tightly contested first 45, before Biereth sealed all three points in stoppage time.

Saints had been the better team during most of the second half, pushing their West London opponents back as they searched for an equaliser.

But the hosts were unable to capitalise on their pressure, with the late Fulham goal proving decisive.

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