Southampton vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips for the Premier League fixture on Friday 5th April. It’s fair to say these two are playing for very different things being at opposite ends of the table, and Liverpool can throw down the gauntlet down to Manchester City once more after their win against Cardiff in midweek.
The head-to-head between Southampton and The Reds has, surprisingly, been fairly even of late.
But if Liverpool still harbour serious title aspirations – as it appears they do – then they simply must come away from the South Coast with all three points.
I think they’ll be ahead at half-time and see it through.
Liverpool had a scare at home to Spurs on Sunday but managed to get the job done thanks to a somewhat fortunate own goal. Jurgen Klopp’s men go marching on, then, and have a seemingly easier challenge ahead of them when they take on Southampton on Friday night. Most pundits agree that the Merseysiders have a slightly more straightforward run-in than Manchester City, but they’ll need to make it count.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has certainly steered the good ship Southampton away from danger but they’re not safe yet. Were Mark Hughes still in charge, there’s every chance that Saints would already be relegated, but three wins in the last four Premier League outings have seen them put distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Southampton to win – 8/1
Draw – 7/2
Liverpool to win – 4/11
It seems strange to say that Mo Salah has faced a degree of criticism this season, and doubters will likely point to him failing to score against another perceived top side when Liverpool beat Tottenham last weekend. The Egyptian remains unperturbed however, citing the fact that many of the pundits slating him are simultaneously claiming that Sergio Aguero has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career.
Salah’s point – and it seems a valid one – is that City’s star striker has only scored a couple of goals more than he currently as, making the disparity in the analysis somewhat strange.
Whatever your thoughts, there’s no denying that the former Chelsea attacker has had another very impressive campaign and sits top of Liverpool’s goalscoring charts for a second successive year. He’ll be looking to add a few more goals to his tally before the season is over, and what better place to start than his club’s next match?
Liverpool have come through some cagey affairs recently and you very much get the feeling that this could be another of those. Southampton are a different side under Hasenhuttl’s stewardship and the fact they’ve scored in each of their last four Premier League fixtures suggests that Virgil van Dijk will have to maintain the excellent form that ultimately led to him swapping St. Mary’s for Anfield.
I certainly don’t envisage this being a walk in the park for the visitors, but there’s no doubt they have the quality to edge out their opponents in a tight contest. For that reason, a 1-2 scoreline appeals and is 7/1 with Sportingbet.
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