Liverpool v Southampton Betting Offers & Betting Tips – 22nd September 2018
Ever since successfully plotting a route out of the Championship and into the Premier League, Southampton have developed a reputation as a football club who do things the right way.
The Saints have invested heavily in their infrastructure including training facilities, youth team setup and scouting network. The whole idea is that they will steadily take steps forward and avoid the sort of kneejerk, reactionary approach that continues to damage so many football clubs all over the continent.
Southampton would have doubtless done a lot of work behind the scenes behind the scenes before appointing Mauricio Pellegrino as manager on a three year contract and they did all they could to give the Argentine time but ultimately decided to sack him last season with the club in real danger of relegation.
In came Mark Hughes with one job – keep the Saints in the top flight. The Welshman managed that – just about – and was rewarded with a three year contract. That seemed a strange decision for Southampton to make after the way it ended for Hughes at Stoke and the start of this season has done little to support the idea that Hughes represents the future of the club.
After throwing away a two goal lead against Brighton on Monday night, Southampton have just five points to show from their first five matches. It’s not going to get any easier with a tough run of fixtures that starts with a daunting trip to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool to Blow Away Fears of a Champions League Hangover
While Southampton fans are worrying about the prospect of another drawn outbattle against relegation, Liverpool fans are gradually becoming more convinced that their team is good enough to challenge for the Premier League title.
Jurgen Klopp’s men secured their fifth straight win against Tottenham last weekend. The result could and should have been much more comfortable for Liverpool as they were in almost complete control and missed a number of chances.
Liverpool fans will take heart from the way that their team managed to overwhelm Tottenham having lost 4-1 in that fixture last season while Klopp can, rightly, suggest that his team have room for improvement.
When it comes to Saturday’s game, the worry for Klopp is that Tuesday night’s Champions League match against PSG will take something out of his players. That, however, is why the club have spent big over the last few years.
The Liverpool squad is now a very deep one so they should be good enough to win at home against a poor looking Southampton side who are still licking their wounds after Monday night’s match. It may not be their best performance but Liverpool should win at 2/9 with Ladbrokes.
If you’re looking for a bigger payout from a Liverpool win, take the odds of 3/1 that Boylesports are quoting on a home win in which there are under 2.5 goals scored. Liverpool are unlikely to be at their fluent best but Southampton lack quality in attacking positions so a low scoring home win may well be on the cards.
Can Fringe Players Take Their Chance to Shine?
The perfect game for Klopp on Saturday would see his team take an early lead before seeing out the rest of the game whilst expending the least amount of energy possible.
They may find it tough to score early on against Southampton who will be sent out to defend first and foremost by Hughes but we think Liverpool will make the breakthrough before half time. Therefore back Liverpool/Liverpool at 3/4 in Coral’s half time/full time market.
Xherdan Shaqiri is one of the Liverpool fringe players who may get a chance to start against Southampton but we think the best bet to score first is Daniel Sturridge at 7/2 with William Hill.
Sturridge got a wakeup call last season when he was sent out on loan to West Brom. He’s now targeting a return to the England squad so could well remind Gareth Southgate about his quality by opening the scoring on Saturday afternoon.