Southampton vs Stoke City by Marcelino

Southampton
VS
Stoke-City
Southampton had a poor start to the season but are picking up in form now. They are unbeaten in their last 8 games with 6 wins and draws and are currently sitting 7th in the table with 20 points. Their injuries are Rodriguez , Van Dijk and Long. They have not been as good defensively as last year at the beginning of the season, but they imrpoved defensively in their last few games and had good performances from attackers, like Pelle, Mane and Tadic.

 

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!pin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Draw Pinnacle 4.14 6 0-1 LOST (-6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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