Liverpool v Southampton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Southampton

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Saturday, February 1, 2020


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. The Reds however have dominated this fixture in recent times and there is value in them winning both halves at 5/6 with Bet365. We also feel that the over 2.5 cards market is also generously priced at 10/11 as this market has materialised in three out of their last four games. An attacking encounter is likely to lead to many mistimed tackles and it is likely that the card count will rack up. A final selection could be to back over 10 corners at 8/11 as their last two games have yielded at least 12.

League leaders Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield in what should be an entertaining encounter. Both managers are known for their attacking styles and the Saints will be looking to become the first team to beat Liverpool in the league this season.

Liverpool have been in imperious form having won all but one of their league games. The draw against Manchester United has been their only blemish as they look to countdown the eight victories they need to secure the title. The solid foundations at the back have been almost impossible for opponents to breach and the fluidity of play between the midfield and front three has been devastating at times. Injuries have been creeping in recently but all the players stepping in have performed and Liverpool will again be relying on their flying wingers to provide the width whilst the midfield dominates the centre of the park through their industry and work rate. It will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp persists with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or if Fabinho will come back in having recently returned from injury. Much has been made of Klopp’s decision to not field any senior players for their FA Cup game against Shrewsbury but this will be a welcome break for their stars who have been relentless in recent months and a period of rejuvenation will only help push their ambitions for a first league title in 30 years and a possible 7th European Cup crown.

Southampton have been in good form of late having been towards the bottom of the table for much of the season. However a run of just one loss in their last nine competitive games has helped them pull away from the relegation zone and sit just three points off Manchester United in fifth. It has been a remarkable turnaround for Ralph Hasenhuttl who would have been fearing the worst before an excellent run over the festive period helped ease tensions. An impressive 2-0 away win at Chelsea set the benchmark as Obafemi and Nathan Redmond both scored and they have since gone on to beat Tottenham 1-0 courtesy of Danny Ings’ goal and Leicester City away thanks to goals from Stuart Armstrong and Danny Ings again. The form of frontman Ings has been the main reason for their rise up the table with the midfield supporting well and chipping in with goals.

In team news, Liverpool have confirmed that Sadio Mane will remain out having suffered a muscle tear against Wolves. Fabinho returned against Shrewsbury and got 20 minutes against West Ham with Jurgen Klopp needing to decide whether the Brazilian is fit enough to start. Liverpool are likely to persist with Firmino, Salah and Origi up front with Henderson and Wijnaldum almost certain to start in midfield. Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana and James Milner all continue to be doubts for this game.

Southampton continue to be without Sam McQueen who is a long-term absentee while Valery is missing due to a viral infection. Cedric Soares is also set to miss the game through injury.

 

 

 

Punter's Pick

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool start this game as huge favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. The Reds however have dominated this fixture in recent times and there is value in them winning both halves at 5/6 with Bet365. We also feel that the over 2.5 cards market is also generously priced at 10/11 as this market has materialised in three out of their last four games. An attacking encounter is likely to lead to many mistimed tackles and it is likely that the card count will rack up. A final selection could be to back over 10 corners at 8/11 as their last two games have yielded at least 12.

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