Opta Evaluation

Thursday 27 December 2012 12:00

With Fulham and Southampton sharing the points on Boxing Day in a closely fought 1-1 draw, as our Opta statistics show, there was very little separating the two sides at Craven Cottage.

A bright start from Martin Jol’s side saw Dimitar Berbatov put the Whites in front on eight minutes. However, Rickie Lambert levelled for the visitors with an 85th-minute penalty.

Both sides had chances; Fulham registered nine shots at the Saints’ goal, while at the other end, Southampton had eight. Three of those nine fell to Berbatov, with Steve Sidwell and Ashkan Dejagah twice shooting at goal. Brede Hangeland and Alexander Kačaniklić also tested Saints stopper Kelvin Davis.

Of Southampton’s chances, Lambert and Gaston Ramirez had two each, with Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon and Steven Davis sharing the remainder of the visitors’ opportunities.

Fulham ended the game with a total of three corners, with Southampton awarded five throughout the 90 minutes. The Whites also put in a total of 16 crosses, six of which were from the boot of John Arne Riise. The Saints sent in an impressive 28 crosses, with Puncheon and Ramirez delivering seven each.

Fulham made a total of 430 attempted passes, 307 of which found their man. Southampton made 400, with 302 of those successful. Chris Baird and Sidwell each made 49 of Fulham’s 430 passes, with the players registering an 84 per cent and 86 per cent success rate respectively.

José Fonte and Schneiderlin made 50 passes each for the Saints, with 90 per cent of the latter’s finding a teammate. Fulham made three more attacking passes than their opponents with 170 of those 430 made in an attacking sense.

In defence, Fulham made 19 tackles with Philippe Senderos and Dejagah making four each. Southampton made 17 tackles, Maya Yoshida making the most for the visitors with five.

Fulham gave away 14 fouls, five of which belonged to Berbatov with Fonte, Schneiderlin, Puncheon and Ramirez the most fouled with three each. Southampton made 12 fouls, with Lambert and Puncheon the most prominent with three fouls each, with Baird, Sidwell, Berbatov and Kerim Frei all fouled twice.

Jol’s charges just shaded the majority of the ball, with 50.6 per cent to Southampton’s 49.4 per cent.