Southampton are in all sorts of problems after picking up just one point from last three matches and this is clearly not the right time to be facing red-hot Liverpool. The Reds are playing their best football of the season and they will surely fancy their chances of winning at St Mary’s.
Pressure is on Southampton
Many, me included, doubted that Southampton would be able to adapt to the Premier League after the club chiefs mostly signed players with little or no Premiership experience in the summer transfer window. The slow start to the season only added fuel to speculations that the Saints would easily go down, but the team have since showed a massive improvement. Southampton played really well under both Nigel Adkins and Mauricio Pochettino, managing to remain above the bottom three, although it is fair to say they are no safe yet. The latest poor run of results that saw the Saints pick up just one point from last three games, with Artur Boruc saving an injury-time penalty at Norwich to ensure his side avoid the third straight defeat. With the hosts clearly under pressure ahead of the nervy season finale, there is every chance that they will struggle to match high-flying Liverpool, especially having lost their previous home game to bottom-placed QPR.
With Daniel Fox and Steven Davis back to the side, Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to pick from.
Liverpool on fire
Liverpool fans had high expectations ahead of the current season, hoping Brendan Rodgers will finally turn the Reds into genuine top 4 contenders, but the team largely struggled in the first part of the season. Following some very poor dealings in the summer transfer window, the club officials made amends by signing Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, with the two players providing just the boost the team needed to turn the season around. With Luis Suarez continuing to impress and other members of the starting line-up also improving their performances, Liverpool recorded three comfortable victories in a row before coming from a goal behind to see off in-form Tottenham at Anfield. Given that the players are brimming with confidence and that Brendan Rodgers can finally field his strongest line-up, you shouldn’t be surprised if the Reds make it five wins in a row.
Pepe Reina is set to return to the side after recovering from injury, but Joe Allen, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly remain in the infirmary.
Southampton have been playing good football of late, but they are bound to be low on confidence and under pressure after three poor results in a row. Liverpool are clearly on top of their game at the moment and I can see them extending their winning run at St Mary’s Stadium.
Top pick: Away win 1.95 (19/20) @ BetVictor
Alternative pick 1: Over 2.5 goals 1.70 (7/10) @ Ladbrokes
Alternative pick 2: Luis Suarez to score 2.00 (1/1) @ Stan James
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