Fulham vs. Southampton: 5 Key Battles to Watch

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Fulham vs. Southampton: 5 Key Battles to Watch
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Fulham and Southampton played to a 2-2 draw earlier in the season.

Wednesday's Boxing Day fixture between Fulham and Southampton marks the first repeat fixture in the 2012-13 Premier League season for both clubs.

The previous encounter on October 7 ended in a 2-2 draw at St. Mary's. Both teams sit in the bottom half of the table, only separated by five points. Three points would be a great late present for either side.

Fulham have been struggling of late, only picking up four points in their last five matches. The Cottagers may be boosted by the return of Bryan Ruiz, who is said to be 50/50 for the match, according to Fulham manager Martin Jol. Steve Sidwell will also be returning from suspension.

Southampton have been in a better run of form, taking 10 points from their last six games, but have lost two of their last three. Adam Lallana is still out of the Saints lineup with a knee injury.

Here are five matchups to keep your eye on Wednesday.

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