Southampton v Liverpool Betting Preview – 11/1/17

Southampton v Liverpool Betting Preview – 11/1/17

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Southampton v Liverpool Betting Preview – 11/1/17

In our Southampton v Liverpool betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

On Wednesday evening this week in the semi-final first leg of the EFL Cup we see Jurgen Klopp take his Liverpool side on the trip to St Mary’s Stadium to face Claude Puel’s Southampton. Liverpool would more than likely be happy to take a draw here and take Saints back to Anfield where they back themselves to beat anybody.

The home side Southampton head into the visit of Liverpool knowing that realistically they really need to be winning this home leg. They need to use their home crowd to their advantage in order to go to Anfield with the upper hand. After their impressive season last time round which saw them finish in a fantastic 6th place in the table and therefore qualify for the Europa League, it looks like they are going to struggle to emulate that this time round. They currently find themselves sat exactly halfway up the table in 10th place, but they are a hefty 15 points below Manchester United who are in sixth spot, so it will take something special to make up that gap. They have had what can only be described as a nightmare Christmas and New Year period which now sees them without a win in their last four in all competitions, losing all three of their Premier League games. Claude Puel had a bit of a dig at the hectic fixture schedule this time of year and blamed tiredness, but it’s the same for every team. In this competition they have progressed to this stage without conceding a single goal. They’ve beaten Crystal Palace (2-0), Sunderland (1-0) and the most recent and impressive one, Arsenal (2-0 at the Emirates). They will be confident that they are good enough to go to Anfield with a lead.

Their most recent match was on Saturday when they travelled to Carrow Road to face Alex Neil’s Norwich City in the third round of the FA Cup. Virgil van Dijk put Saints ahead not long before the break with a volley but the hosts were level from the spot just seven minutes into the second period after Harry Lewis fouled Cameron Jerome in the box and Steven Whittaker converted the penalty. Matt Yoshida looked to have won it for Southampton with a header but then in stoppage time the Canaries snatched a replay when Steven Naismith glanced his header home.

The away side Liverpool go into the trip to Southampton hoping that they can bounce back from their disappointing result at the weekend and get at least a draw here at St Mary’s so that they can go to Anfield with the upper hand. Jurgen Klopp’s side who finished in a frankly unacceptable 9th place in the table last year look much stronger this time round and have their eyes on a title charge. They currently find themselves sat in second place, five points behind the leaders Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham in third. Liverpool are on an impressive run which has seen them lose just once in their last twenty two matches, which came in the seven goal thriller away at Bournemouth. But they have now drawn their last two games against opposition which realistically they should have been beating. They have already played at St Mary’s this season, back in November they were held to a goalless draw, a result which if you offered them again here they would take. In this competition they have beaten Burton Albion (5-0), Derby County (3-0), Tottenham Hotspur (2-1) and Leeds United (2-0).

Their most recent game was on Sunday afternoon when they welcomed Derek Adams’ League Two Plymouth Argyle to Anfield in the third round of the FA Cup. Klopp made several changes to their usual line-up but they still should’ve had enough quality to brush past the fourth tier side with relative ease. That was not the case however, and after the tie finishing goalless, they will have to make the long trip down to Home Park for a replay. That is an extra game in which they didn’t really want nor need to happen.

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Draw (Best Priced on BetBright at 5/2) – BET HERE

Correct score 1-1 (Best Priced on WilliamHill at 6/1) – BET HERE

Adam Lallana to score anytime (Best Priced on BetVictor at 29/10) – BET HERE

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