Southampton v Liverpool Tips & Betting Preview
Can Liverpool hold their nerve against resurgent Saints?
God, I love football.
This year’s Premier League title race will go down in history as an absolute classic, and whoever finishes second out of Liverpool and Manchester City will be perhaps the strongest runners-up we’ve ever seen in this country – this is the standard we’re talking about here.
Liverpool’s next assignment is a trip to St. Mary’s, against a Southampton side who are clearly capable of being quite the banana skin for Jurgen Klopp.
The Saints have won three of their last four matches – including a home victory against Spurs – and with just two away wins from their last six, Liverpool will know the three points will have to be torn from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s grasp.
Setting aside my final prediction, my first tip is for two or three goals to be scored.
62% of Liverpool’s away games have seen either two or three goals scored, while the figure is 60% for Southampton at home.
Liverpool laboured to a 2-1 victory over Fulham on their last outing; the only time they’ve netted more than once in their last six away games.
Klopp’s men won’t have everything their own way on Saturday, and I can see the in-form Saints frustrating them.
My next tip is a Southampton player to be booked first.
While it might seem fairly obvious, it’s still priced at a backable $1.80*, and the stats suggest this is destined to land.
Southampton have received 61 yellow cards this season, while Liverpool have by far the cleanest set of players – collecting just 32 in total.
Liverpool will dominate the ball, and that’s always a good sign in this market, particularly with their ability to break with such pace.
I have a tentative $23 poke to end with: Liverpool to be winning at half-time and the game to end in a draw.
Liverpool have scored first before being pegged-back against Fulham, Leicester and West Ham in the past month or two, and this Saints side under Hasenhuttl have shown plenty of bottle against the big boys.
Two goals in the last 15 minutes saw them come from behind to sink Spurs, a week after they were cruelly denied a well-deserved point at Old Trafford. A 3-2 win against Arsenal back in December further emphasised the quality they have in their squad, who are clearly not going to be relegated.
I’m not convinced by Liverpool’s away form, and this might tricky trip to the South Coast might just see them slip-up.