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

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Premier League Southampton v Liverpool

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Saturday, August 17, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

The markets firmly have Liverpool as favourites but we feel it may not be as straightforward for the Reds. The impact of the Super Cup game should not be overlooked and the Reds may not be at their fluent best. We feel the market of under 3.5 goals offered by Bet365 represents good value at 1/2. Over 2.5 cards is also a good shout at 4/7 as a tired Liverpool could make rash challenges that tot up the overall card count during the 90 minutes.

Southampton host Liverpool in their first home game of the season and will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat against Burnley. Liverpool’s confidence will be sky-high having secured the UEFA Super Cup in midweek as they continue their quest to win a first Premier League title and making it exciting for the best betting sites.

Southampton had an impressive half-season under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl once he replaced Mark Hughes last term. Referred to as the ‘Alpine Klopp’, the Austrian certainly draws parallels with his illustrious colleague, but he knows that his team will need to improve after they crumbled to a 3-0 defeat away at Burnley. The Saints were in the game in the first-half, however a second-half blitz saw Burnley score three goals in 12 minutes. Ashley Barnes scored a quick-fire double and Johann Berg Gudmundsson added a third to secure the points. This was despite Southampton having the better of possession over the 90 minutes. The team will need to keep the ball better and be more compact in midfield against the European Champions if they are to get anything out of the game.

Liverpool come into this game off the back of their European Super Cup exploits where they beat Chelsea on penalties after an energy sapping game in Istanbul. The Reds also enjoyed a successful start to the league campaign having put Norwich to the sword with a blistering first-half display in which they scored four goals including contributions from Mo Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi. This was without Sadio Mane and the Senegalese proved his value scoring both Liverpool goals in the win over Chelsea. How the Reds recover from the Super Cup game will determine a lot of how this game pans out, as they may be more lethargic having played late into Wednesday evening.

In team news, Southampton will have all of their players available and Hasenhüttl will need to make a call on whether he shuffles the pack or maintains faith with the team that lost against Burnley. They will have striker Michael Obafemi available as he played a part last weekend having missed the closing months of last season.

Liverpool will be without keeper Alisson Becker who continues to recover from a freak calf injury sustained in the win over Norwich. Adrian will continue to deputise in goal and he will be in buoyant mood having saved the spot kick that gave Liverpool victory against Chelsea. Nathaniel Clyne will miss a big part of the season having torn his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season. How Liverpool lineup in midfield will be the key decision as Fabinho seemed to be struggling with extreme cramp at the end of the Super Cup game, so they may go with Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum. The front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane are expected to be reunited into the starting 11.

In recent meetings between these two teams, Liverpool have had the better of this fixture having won the last four games on the bounce. Last season saw a straightforward 3-0 win at Anfield followed by a tougher test at St Mary’s. Southampton went ahead through Shane Long and despite Naby Keita equalising, the Reds had to wait until the final 10 minutes to secure the points courtesy of goals from Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson.

Punter's Pick

The markets firmly have Liverpool as favourites but we feel it may not be as straightforward for the Reds. The impact of the Super Cup game should not be overlooked and the Reds may not be at their fluent best. We feel the market of under 3.5 goals offered by Bet365 represents good value at 1/2. Over 2.5 cards is also a good shout at 4/7 as a tired Liverpool could make rash challenges that tot up the overall card count during the 90 minutes.

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