Southampton v Liverpool Betting Tips – 11th February 2018
Have Southampton finally turned the corner?
This Saints’ story of the season so far has been one of steady decline under Mauricio Pellegrino but, having stuck with their manager, the club might just be about to reap the rewards for their loyalty.
Southampton are now unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches and picked up their first win since 26 November last time out against West Brom.
That win was very welcome but there’s every chance of it going very sour, very quickly as Liverpool visit St Mary’s on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp was left furious with the referee following his team’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham last weekend. But when he watches the game back he’ll realise that Liverpool were actually fortunate to escape with a point such was Spurs’ dominance in the second half.
Liverpool cannot afford to rely on late goals any longer and must be much more solid in defence against this improving Southampton side.
Liverpool to Escape with the Three Points
There is always a strange atmosphere when Southampton and Liverpool play. Historically speaking there’s little to connect the two teams but they have become very closely linked in recent years.
Unfortunately for Southampton, those links are all about the number of players that have swapped the South Coast for Merseyside.
Virgil van Dijk became the latest defector from Southampton for a huge £75 million fee. Van Dijk may well line up alongside Adam Lallana, Sadio Mané, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, all of whom will come in for some rough treatment from the home fans at St Mary’s.
However, it’s those who believed the grass is greener at Liverpool who we think will have the last laugh, just as they did when the two teams met at Anfield earlier in the season.
Liverpool are under pressure to hang onto their top four spot but we think they’ll get the job done for Klopp following some up and down results at 5/6 with Betfred.
Away Side Will Need to Make Up for Defensive Frailties
Although Liverpool were very good all over the pitch for 45 minutes against Tottenham, their levels dropped off a cliff for much of the second half.
That includes in defence where Loris Karius pushed a cross into the path of Victor Wanyama (although the Spurs’ midfielder’s striker was a one-off) and van Dijk gave away a late penalty with some clumsy, tired defending.
Generally speaking, Liverpool have defended much better at Anfield than on the road. Southampton have had their problems scoring enough goals but they’ve made improvements in that regard and should be able to make life uncomfortable for the away side.
Make sure, therefore, to bet on both teams to score which is 9/13 with 10Bet. It could also pay to back over 3.5 goals at 9/5 with BetVictor in a game which should have a real ebb and flow about it.
With the potential for many more goals as the two defences tire and make more sloppy mistakes, another solid way to approach this match is by betting on the second half having more goals than the first at 11/10 with Marathonbet.
Firmino to Grab the Headlines
Much of the attention on Sunday will be turned towards the Liverpool players who used to play for Southampton. Roberto Firmino may well change that during the match.
The Brazilian forward has gets better with almost every performance and has become one of the toughest players for opposition defenders to deal with in the Premier League.
Firmino doesn’t have to score to have a very good game and equally, he can score goals even when it looks as though he’s not affecting the game.
This could be a close game that needs a winner. Firmino can be that winner by scoring the game’s last goal at 5/1 with Paddy Power.