Southampton v Liverpool: Red hot visitors to win another shoot-out
Liverpool have made their best start to a Premier League campaign for seven years, picking up 26 points from their opening 11 games and are setting the pace at the top of the table as we kiss international football goodbye for another few months.
Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the south coast this weekend to take on a Southampton side who, at times, often appear to be some sort of feeder club for the Merseyside outfit. The likes of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the switch from St Mary’s to the red half of the city in recent years.
Given their emphatic form it’s unsurprising to see Liverpool as 11/10 (2.10) favourites with Coral, albeit that price is drifting a little at the time of writing. The draw has been backed into 12/5 (3.40) with the online bookmaker with the same price available about Southampton recording league win in four attempts.
The Saints are perhaps finding it tough to balance domestic competition with their Europa League exploits and similarly to Leicester City, they seem unlikely to produce quite the level of performance that saw them qualify for Europe last term. Claude Puel‘s side are dealing with quite a few injuries at the moment with Shane Long sidelined alongside both first choice right backs Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett.
The fire-power Liverpool possess through the likes of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho will win them plenty of games this term but the defensive lapses continue to be an issue although it isn’t costing Jurgen Klopp’s men points at the moment. Both teams to score is priced at just 8/13 (1.63), with that in mind the 8/11 (1.73) on over 2.5 goals looks a solid selection.
There are unlikely to be that many problems going forward for Southampton. The home side drew a blank against Chelsea – the best defence in the division since switching to a back three – but prior to that Puel’s men had hit the back of the net in their previous 14 league games at St Mary’s Stadium. The in-form Charlie Austin should be well rested after the international break and will offer the hosts’ more potent threat.
Liverpool are the most likely winners of the game but at 11/10 (2.10) they are unlikely to inspire too many punters to part with their cash away from Anfield. Instead, the best option looks to turn our attention to an angle which has paid dividends repeatedly when it comes to backing Klopp’s side this season. The visitors have won eight Premier League games this term, but kept a clean sheet in none of them.
An away win in which both teams score is on offer at 14/5 (3.80) with Coral, that looks a very solid option considering the likelihood that Liverpool can outscore another mid-table side but without keeping them at bay for the entire 90 minutes.