PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Sunday's action from around the grounds as it happens
12:55 GMT, 7 October 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as four fixtures conclude the weekend's action starting with Southampton's home encounter with Fulham at 1.30pm. Liverpool host Stoke and Tottenham welcome Aston Villa at 3pm before Manchester United travel to Newcastle an hour later.
SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 0
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson (Hooiveld 8min), Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Rodallega.
Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Richardson, Briggs.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
13.52: GOAL DISALLOWED! The home fans are cheering again, but it's not going to stand.
Puncheon gives Schwarzer a nudge as the corner comes in, sending him to the floor. The ball eventually comes to Puncheon who puts the ball in.
Excellent spot by Clattenburg. That was a foul.
13.51: Southampton break very well. Lallana drifts into the centre and picks out Lambert with a cute reverse pass.
Lambert finds Fox who wins the corner.
13.49: Fulham look to strike back. Duff cuts in on the right and puts a lovely ball in. Rodallega can't direct his header goalwards though.
13.47: Huge chance for Lambert to double the lead. Excellent move which sees Rodriguez latch on to a through ball.
Rather than shoot, he finds the usually deadly Lambert. The Englishman skews his effort and the ball trickles out of play. He should have at least worked Schwarzer there.
13.45: Fulham are growing into this game finally. Kacaniklic does well on the left and earns his side a corner.
Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton
Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day
The ball's a good one but Hangeland can't get it under control quick enough.
13.41: Now Lallana is on the deck. Steve Sidwell caught him with a flailing arm in the face.
It looked accidental though, and Lallana is on his feet again. All's well that ends well!
Funnily enough, Sidwell was the one who put Rodriguez on the floor with a late challenge moments earlier.
13.40: Big chance for Fulham. Bryan Ruiz takes a free-kick into the box. The ball finds its way through to Aaron Hughes who is in acres at the far post.
The defender fails to bring it under his control and the threat diffuses. A better first touch and he would have had the goal at his mercy.
13.38: Play's back underway now after an unsettling start for Fulham. They need to wake up!
The home crowd are unhappy as the visitors carry on regardless despite Rodriguez being on the deck, apparently injured.
13.36: They are brought back down to earth though, as Richardson is lifted onto a stretcher. Really unlucky as he seemed to pull up with a muscle injury.
Southampton make the change. Jos Hooiveld comes on for the defender.
13.34: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 Fulham 0
Adam Lallana puts the corner in and Jose Fonte is the first to it. He heads in the general direction of the far post and the ball just loops into the net. Fulham had no one on the line to stop it! What a start for the Saints.
13.33: Danny Fox has another opportunity from a set piece. He swings one in and wins another corner.
13.31: The first spell of pressure comes from Southampton. They have won a corner after Hangeland is forced to head a ball behind.
Fox carves out a half-chance for Rickie Lambert. The angle's tight at the far post and Lambert can't get it back across the face of the goal.
13.30: KICK-OFF! FULHAM GET THE GAME UNDERWAY
13.27: Southampton are lining up in their red kit today and Fulham walk onto the pitch in black with a gold and white sash. Three minutes to KO!
13.25: With the chit chat almost all done, the teams are about to come out and get the customary handshakes out of the way before the real action commences.
13.15: Fulham have struggled away from home so far this season, and it's often been their Achilles heel. They have lost to West Ham and Manchester United so far this campaign.
But they are looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. Let's see how this one pans out…
13.07: Rickie Lambert will be trying to beat Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who turned 40 yesterday.
Lambert, like the club, has battled his way through the divisions and has shown he is worthy of his place in the Premier League by scoring four goals in six in the top-flight.
13.05: Southampton have not struggled for goals this season. They scored two at the Etihad against City and smashed four past Aston Villa at home.
But it's at the back where they need to shore things up if they are to survive in the top-flight.
They will take solace from the fact that there's no Petric or berbatov starting for Fulham, but Hugo Rodallega is no chump. The former Wigan man will be hoping to sink the Saints.
12.55: And as I type the starting line ups are trickling in. Feast your eyes on these:
Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga; Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana; Lambert, Rodriguez
Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Rodallega
Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton
12.50: Let's tackle some team news then for the early kick-off. Fulham could have some problems up top. Dimitar Berbatov looks set to miss the game, and Mladen Petric is also struggling with a calf problem.
Southampton on the other hand seem to have a full squad to pick from. Adkins is likely to welcome back Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld into his side.
12.45: Tottenham are flying high – despite their shock draw in Greece this week. They outclassed United at Old Trafford, a ground where they had previously failed to record a win since 1989.
Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Co await an Aston Villa side who had to wait for Darren bent to come off the bench to rescue a point in their Midlands derby against West Brom last week.
12.40: At 15.00 we've got two games. Tottenham host Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Stoke. Both home sides had unfavourable Europa League results as Liverpool fell to a 3-2 loss at home to Udinese and Tottenham drew 1-1 with a poor Panathinaikos outfit on Thursday.
Brendan Rodgers is still looking for his first home win in the Premier League with his Reds side. Tony Pulis will have other plans though, and will be hoping former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch can continue his goal glut on Merseyside.
12.35: But United and Newcastle aren't playing until 16.00. First up we're at St Mary's as Fulham travel to the south coast.
Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle
Nigel Adkins' side have won only one of their first six games – losing the other five – and, frankly, look like early candidates for relegation.
The Saints boss is hoping his side's home form can help tip the balance in their favour, especially after a convincing 4-1 win over Aston Villa.
Fulham are hoping to bounce back after losing in the final moments against Manchester City last week. They'll be kicking off at 13.30, with teams on the way shortly.
12.30: Welcome, welcome, welcome. Stick with us here at Sportsmail as we guide you through all this afternoon's action.
It's an uncharacteristically busy Sunday given the Europa League action in midweek, and the blockbuster of the day is undoubtedly Manchester United's trip to Newcastle. In last season's corresponding fixture, United slumped to a 3-0 defeat with help from an unplayable Demba Ba.
Interestingly, that defeat followed their 3-2 home loss to Blackburn the week before. What did Sir Alex Ferguson's men do last week again.. Oh yes, I remember. They lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham.
But let's not get carried away with ourselves. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are set to start up top for Fergie, and with Rooney setting up his Dutch team-mate for two goals in midweek against FC Cluj, they'll be keen to develop that relationship further. Should be a cracker.
Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United