Southampton v Liverpool Preview – 11th January 2017
Southampton and Liverpool were particularly unhappy with the way that their respective League Cup campaigns ended last season. While Southampton were humbled 6-1 by Liverpool to exit at the quarter-final stage in 2015, Liverpool made it all the way to the final only to agonisingly lose on penalties against Manchester City.
After impressive performances in the newly branded EFL Cup, both sides have a chance for redemption in their semi-final tie.
Southampton’s redemption means returning the favour and knocking Liverpool out. Liverpool’s redemption is setting up another shot at a Wembley final to secure the first bit of silverware of Jurgen Klopp’s tenureship.
It’s fair to say that Southampton have failed to kick on after impressing last season. The Saints have a remarkable ability to continue getting better despite having a remarkably high annual turnover of players and staff. However, the Doctor Who of the Premier League have been worryingly inconsistent of late.
Saints twice threw away a lead against Championship side Norwich on the weekend and have lost their last three league matches. Clearly, they’ll have to improve against Jurgen Klopp’s impressive Liverpool side.
The Reds were frustrated to be held 0-0 by League Two Plymouth on Sunday but Klopp played a number of reserve team players for that game. It’ll be a much stronger side that takes to the field on the South Coast.
Liverpool have lost just once in all competitions this season, they’ve secured wins against three of the Premier League’s top six and are the division’s top scorers. There are still defensive issues for Klopp to sort out but there is no doubt that he has a team capable of challenging for major honours.
When you compare the two teams and realise that Liverpool have won four of their last seven matches against Southampton, you start to understand why you can back Liverpool to qualify as short as 1/3. The Reds should triumph over two legs but this one-off game is much more difficult to call.
Southampton have to make the most of their home leg in order to have any chance of making it to Wembley. They’re in poor form and against a stronger opposition but Puel’s men will be giving it their all at St Mary’s. So, the first betting recommendation is on both teams to score at 5/6 with 10Bet.
Teams often approach the first half of a two-legged affair with a certain amount of trepidation. No manager wants to be out of a tie at such an early stage but this game could be a little different.
The two teams know each other well, they’re both gagging to get to Wembley and they each have talented attacking players. That makes a bet on over 1.5 first half goals worth a shot at odds of 11/5 with Coral.
Of all the Southampton players, Jay Rodriguez has perhaps the most motivation to qualify for the final. The 27-year-old only recently returned from a horrible knee injury and is desperate to make up for lost time. Rodriguez has scored four goals this season and could well add to that tally on Wednesday at best odds of 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
It looks as though we could be in for a fascinating match at St Mary’s. You can help make it a profitable one as well by heading over to our homepage. That’s where you will find details of the biggest free bets and the latest enhanced odds offers. Simply take your pick and get to work beating the bookies