Southampton vs Stoke City by Marcelino
Stoke also had a poor start and 6 games ago with no wins and they were fighting in the relegation zone. However, they picked up some form with 4 wins in their last 6 games and are now more comfortable in 12th place with 16 points. No big injuries for them.
One of the big reasons Stoke were struggling at the start of the season is because they were missing their captain and defender Ryan Shawcross! He returned 3 games ago, and in those 3 games, they drew 1-1 vs Chelsea and beat them 2-1 in extra time. Then they kept 2 clean sheets, 0-0 draw away to Newcastle and 1-0 win at home to Chelsea. So Ryan Shawcross is a very influential player for them. With his return and the increased morale from that on the team, and improved recent form, I think Stoke will be difficult to beat in this match. Odds on Southampton win at 1.58 which I think are too low. Stoke have been defending well, with 4 clean sheets in last 6 games. They lost just 1 of their last 9 games. At the same time, Southampton are also difficult to beat and have been unbeaten in 8 games. Therefore, I think this match will end in a draw!
|Draw||Pinnacle||4.14||6||0-1 LOST (-6 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.