Southampton returned to strong form in midweek and bagged a morale-boosting victory over Crystal Palace.
A 3-1 win came courtesy of a Danny Ings brace scored either side of a Che Adams strike and moved Saints onto a much more respectable tally of 40 points.
Today’s opponents Fulham had their relegation back to the Championship confirmed by a 2-0 home loss to Burnley but there will still be plenty of pride for them to play for with three games remaining.
Both sides will be looking for a win today and a small build of momentum heading into what could be a big summer of change at both clubs.
Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed in midweek that Jan Bednarek was a doubt for this game after picking up an ankle injury in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday.
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Oriol Romeu is still unavailable despite making good progress in his comeback from an ankle fracture, but Ryan Bertrand could miss the rest of the season and may have played his last game for the club after it was announced last week that he would be leaving the club in the summer.
Will Smallbone is the only other absentee and will be targeting a return to fitness in pre-season or in the early stages of the 2021/22 campaign.
For Fulham, Scott Parker was hoping to have former Saints man Harrison Reed back in his matchday squad, but Mario Lemina is ineligible to face his parent club.
Tom Cairney could return to action before the end of this season, but Terence Kongolo will miss the remaining three league fixtures.
The headlines from the breaking team news are that Bednarek has not made it for Saints, whilst Reed has returned to the starting line-up for Fulham.
Confirmed Saints line-up
Alex McCarthy; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Stephens, Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu; James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond, Takumi Minamino; Danny Ings, Che Adams
Subs: Fraser Forster, Kayne Ramsay, Ibrahima Diallo, Will Ferry, Nathan Tella, Moussa Djenepo, Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi, Dan N’Lundulu
Confirmed Fulham line-up
Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina; Harrison Reed, Frank Anguissa, Fabio Carvalho, Josh Onomah, Ivan Cavaleiro, Bobby Decordova-Reid
Subs: Marek Rodak, Denis Odoi, Michael Hector, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja, Aleksandar Mitrovic