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

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Southampton v Liverpool

Premier League: Wed, 05/04  StadiumSt Mary’s Stadium

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The 2/5 offered by Bet365 on a Liverpool win seems a bit of a risk as Southampton could well hold their own for at least a draw. It is more prudent to look at the goalscorer market where we feel the 6/4 for Sadio Mane to score anytime is particularly generous. The striker has been in red-hot form and we back him to score against his former club. A -3 handicap on Liverpool corners also looks good as the likelihood is that the Reds will dominate and with their wingers constantly attacking, they should get four corners or more than the Saints.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Southampton host Liverpool with both teams looking to advance their causes at opposite ends of the table. Southampton now have a five point gap between themselves and the relegation zone whilst Liverpool have slipped to second after Manchester City’s win over Cardiff. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to keep up the pressure on the champions as they can temporarily return to the summit with a victory on Friday night.

This will be an interesting battle as many of Liverpool’s stars go back to their former employer, having started or developed their careers at Southampton. Adam Lallana, Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mane all excelled during their times at St Mary’s, with Liverpool often swooping for the Saints’ best players. However all former loyalties will be put to one side as the Reds continue their quest for a first Premier League title and Klopp will be keen to try and get the win secured early with one eye on next week’s Champions League clash with Porto.

The form of both teams coming into this fixture has been good and the two will feel confident of getting the desired result on the night. Southampton have won three out of the last four league games including a couple of proverbial six-pointers over Brighton and Fulham. The other was an impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham, which has helped them open up a five point gap over Cardiff.

Liverpool have remained unbeaten in the league since their loss to Manchester City on the 3rd January. Four consecutive victories in all competitions has ensured they’ve kept pace with the champions but the manner of victories have left supporters nervous, as the whole season has been a wait for Liverpool to really cut loose and show the attacking flair of previous years. The Reds have left it very late in both of their last two games to secure three points, with the winning goal over Tottenham more down to the poor goalkeeping of Lloris than any ingenuity on Liverpool’s part. However they have continued to grind out the results and will now look to be more emphatic to enable some key players to rest before their midweek fixture.

In team news, Southampton remain without long-term absentees annik Vestergaard and Michael Obafemi, with Shane Long also struggling to shake off an injury. Top scorer Danny Ings is ineligible to face his parent club denying the Saints the services of their top scorer. This could mean a starting berth for Charlie Austin.

Liverpool will be sweating on the fitness of Virgil Van Dijk who has been instrumental in Liverpool’s title charge. The mercurial defender will be a huge loss if he cannot shake off the niggle sustained during the game against Spurs, with the Reds likely to turn to Dejan Lovren. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been progressing well but is unlikely to make it in time to face his former club. The front-three are likely to remain the same but Klopp may look to rotate in midfield, with Fabinho the likely addition after his influential performances in recent matches.

Historically Liverpool have had the better of this fixture, with the Saints last beating them in the league over three years ago. The Reds comfortably won the game earlier in the season coming out 3-0 winners courtesy of an own goal from Wesley Hoedt and goals from Joel Matip and Mo Salah.

This certainly is a tricky fixture for Liverpool and by no means a foregone conclusion. Southampton have performed well against the big teams, beating Tottenham and Arsenal, holding Chelsea and almost beating Manchester United away. They have managed to keep things tight at the back recently so the likelihood is that this will be a cagey affair.

The 2/5 offered by Bet365 on a Liverpool win seems a bit of a risk as Southampton could well hold their own for at least a draw. It is more prudent to look at the goalscorer market where we feel the 6/4 for Sadio Mane to score anytime is particularly generous. The striker has been in red-hot form and we back him to score against his former club. A -3 handicap on Liverpool corners also looks good as the likelihood is that the Reds will dominate and with their wingers constantly attacking, they should get four corners or more than the Saints.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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