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Premier League: Southampton vs Liverpool preview

Kickoff: Sunday, 20 March @13:30 GMT

Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Southampton vs Liverpool 1-6 (2015/2016 FA Cup)
Liverpool vs Southampton 1-1 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Southampton vs Liverpool 0-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Southampton 1-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Southampton vs Liverpool 0-3 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Southampton vs Liverpool prediction

The battle for the seventh position in the overall standings is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at St Mary’s Stadium. Both teams have the same number of points, and both teams hope for a victory which would keep them in the race for the European position next term.

Southampton back to winning ways

After going three games without a triumph in the Premier League, the Saints managed to take all three points at the hands of Stoke City (2-1). Graziano Pelle ended his four-month barren run with an important first-half brace, thus securing a victory for Ronald Koeman’s charges. Now Saint Mary’s Stadium outfit return to Hampshire where they await the Reds in the upcoming clash, hoping to record a first home triumph after going two without a win. Their solid defense started leaking in their last couple of matches in front of their supporters, and Koeman will try to form an impregnable wall in front of Forster once again, in order to achieve their first home win over Liverpool since March 2013. However, the Saints could find it hard to triumph against high-flying Liverpool, because of their recent dip in form. All in all, we are up for an interesting match this Sunday.

Charlie Austin (hamstring) will be sidelined for the forthcoming match due to injury, as well as Florin Gardos (knee) and Jay Rodriguez (ankle) who are also in the recovery room.

The Reds finally play as Klopp wants them to

Coutinho’s moment of brilliance secured Liverpool a place in the Europa League quarter-finals, as the Reds managed to knockout the Red Devils 3-1 on aggregate. It seems that Liverpool players are finally starting to adopt Klopp’s style of play, hence the run of good results. Even though the main topic will be their forthcoming clash against Klopp’s former club Borussia, the players need to remember they are first up for a difficult game at Saint Mary’s. Their previous three visits to Hampshire were successful and Anfield outfit hope for the continuation of the positive run that would allow them to leapfrog their forthcoming opponents in the overall standings and level with Manchester in the 6th place. Roberto Firmino has been scoring for fun in recent matches and will present a handful to Koeman’s defenders and it is expected he will pair up once again with Sturridge, who started raising his form of late.

Jurgen Klopp will be without the likes of Jordan Rossiter, Lucas Leiva, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who are still recovering from their respective injuries.

Quick Facts

  • The Saints netted only two goals in their last three encounters with the Reds on home soil
  • Jurgen Klopp’s charges are unbeaten in four straight away matches in all competitions
  • Liverpool are on a five-game undefeated run against Southampton
  • LFC won their last three Premier League fixtures
  • Southampton lost just once on home soil in their previous five league games

Southampton vs Liverpool betting tip

Taking under consideration current forms of both teams, I reckon the Saints will have a dificult time stopping Klopp’s in-form attackers. Red-hot Liverpool are the favourites in the forthcoming match, especially bearing in mind their recent outstanding displays. This is why I will put my money on the visitors.

Tip: Away win

Odds: 2.9 (19/10) @BetVictor

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