It is match day 10 of the BPL, and the league table is starting to shape up for the half-season. There have been a number of twists and turns so far, with surprising success stories from teams of the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Leicester, while the defending champions Chelsea are still crumbling at the bottom half of the table.
Sunday brings an exciting clash between two teams of similar qualities. If we were asked several years ago, this match would have a clear favorite in Liverpool vs the underdog that would be Southampton. Now, it’s a mid table battle.
Jürgen Klopp claimed the managerial position on Anfield not too long ago, and he is still to record his first triumph with the club. Southampton, on the other hand, are sitting on the 8th position of the table, two places above the Reds, and are looking to emulate last season’s success by earning a qualifying spot for the UEFA Europa League.
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The Reds are still battling to succeed after their continuous slump in recent years. The team that was formerly one of Europe’s greatest strengths is slowly falling out of contention when it comes to success in the BPL and Europe simultaneously.
Brendan Rodgers was sacked almost two weeks ago and his successor is none other than Dortmund’s former tactical virtuoso – Jürgen Klopp – who drew two out of two games after assuming the position of manager, versus Tottenham (1:1) and Rubin Kazan (1:1) in the UCL.
Klopp will be pursuing his first victory vs Southampton, and what a time it would be to do so. The Reds are hungry for blood and will come out in full force on Sunday, looking to prove to their fans and their manager that they are capable of a comeback. The team has a positive record on Anfield and their opposition Southampton have only secured one win on away turf so far.
Southampton have proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the past two seasons of the EPL. Their unpredictability and explosiveness has lead them to crushing heavy favorites, as seen by their triumph over Chelsea (3:1) two match days prior.
The Saints are taking up the 8th position on the league table, but they are only 3 points behind Leicester who are on 5th place. The team’s next game versus Liverpool can be of detrimental value on their chances of catching up to a European spot.
Southampton have held a strikingly similar success to their next opponents. Not just this season, but last one as well. One thing is for certain, the team has a scarier offensive strength; they are fourth on the amount of goals scored so far in the season (15), a lot of it thanks to their number one attacker Pellè G.
If the match were to be played on St. Mary’s stadium, The Saints would be considered slight favorites, which speaks well of their strength as a squad.
Let’s get down to it, then. This match can be tough for anyone to predict, which is why bookies are giving such tight odds (Liverpool 2.05-21/20 Southampton 3.80-14/5).
Liverpool have a track record of low scoring and low conceding games on Anfield. However, they will need to open up and push for the win on Anfield due to factors we listed earlier.
Southampton will look to press and go for the win as well, and having them score a goal is a thing nobody would be surprised by. We are looking at a clear cut both teams to score prediction for this game, for which the odds are hovering around the 1.75-3/4 mark.
In addition, we are confident that this game will prove to be triumphal for Liverpool, so if you are betting on match winner, don’t hesitate on placing a low stake in favor of the Reds.