Southampton vs Liverpool by Luke
After their good performance in Europa League and a victory over Italian side Inter, Southampton didn't manage to build up on that and get a positive performance away from home against Hull City before the international break. Still, the Saints opened the game well and took the lead in sixth minute from a penalty kick taken by Austin.
They even actually remained better for almost the whole game, controlling the ball as well and creating chances, however two minutes of lack of concentration cost them too much. Hosts managed to level up the result against the flow of the game in 61st via Snodgrass and even to take the lead just two minutes later via Dawson, while the Saints continued attacking but without changing hte scoreline. This was second consecutive defeat for the players of Southampton in Premier League, as they remain in the middle of the table with thirteen points earned, only three more than red zone placed Hull.
The Saints are expected still to miss Shane Long, Jake Hesketh, Alex McCarthy, Matt Target, Harrison Reed and Jeremy Pied. Plus, they have couple of doubtful players since Dusan Tadic has a broke nose, but could still play. Cedric Soares should return.
Liverpool, on the other side, is enjoying early start of the season this time, since the team comes from fourth consecutive victory in all official matches, coming from 6:1 three pointer at home against Watford before the international break. Mane, Coutinho and Can scored a goal each in the first halftime for their 3:0 lead, while the things only became more easy for them in the repetition.
Firmino and Mane scored for 5:0 lead at the end of the hour, while Janmaat managed to temporarily reduce the deficit, while Wijnaldum sealed the final score in first minute of additional time. Thanks to this victory, Liverpool managed to stay at the top of the table with a point more than Chelsea and two points more than Manchester City and Arsenal, meaning that the team is in a must win situation here in order to keep leading the table. Danny Ings is ruled out for Liverpool in next few months, while Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez have both returned to training sessions, but aren't expected to feature here. Philippe Coutinho is an injury doubt since returning from the international break and Daniel Sturridge should come into the team.
- Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches against Southampton.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Liverpool's last 8 games (Premier League).
Liverpool is a favorite here and should be able to get the victory maybe even easier than what the odds suggest. However, I believe that will see a goal from the Saints as well, team that plays at least a bit better than what the current odds suggest.