Southampton v Stoke Betting Tips and Odds – 21/05/17

Southampton v Stoke Betting Tips and Odds – 21/05/17

Southampton v Stoke

Southampton v Stoke Betting Tips and Odds

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

Overview

Claude Puel’s Southampton welcome Stoke to St. Mary’s looking to end the campaign on a high. The Saints come into the weekend up in eighth position and they know three points would see them remain there, which would represent a decent campaign. But their recent form hasn’t been the best, they’ve won just one of their last seven league games and it’s seen Puel receive a fair bit of criticism from the clubs supporters. The visitors make the trip down south six places and five points below Southampton and Mark Hughes’ men have a fight on their hands if they’re to finish in the top half. The Potters have finished ninth in each of the Welshmen’s three seasons in charge of the club and it looks unlikely that they’re going to achieve that feat again.

Southampton v Stoke

There was nothing to separate these two the last time they met back in December, playing out a drab stalemate at the bet365 Stadium

One win in seven for Southampton

It’s been a season of transition for Southampton under Claude Puel and they’ll be looking to end with three points. The Saints have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the Premier League under the Frenchmen, completely different to how they faired in 15/16. Under Ronald Koeman they were one of the most dangerous sides around, which saw them secure a hugely impressive sixth place finish. This year the best they can hope for is eighth but their points haul will disappoint the Saints supporters. They recorded a hugely impressive 63 last term under Ronald Koeman and the best they can hope for this time round 49 – a very big difference. And their end of season form has done little to appease the fans.

They’ve won just one of their last seven Premier League games and they’ve scored in just three of them – which is a concerning statistic. They were once again completed ninety minutes without scoring in midweek when they took on Manchester United at St. Mary’s. It was a drab affair between two sides with little to play for but Puel would’ve been particularly disgruntled with the result. Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini missed an early penalty which really set the tone for the rest of the evening. A big improvement is needed here but they’re facing a Stoke side that’s very poor on their travels, so we’re backing them to put on a show and grab the victory – but we’re not expecting a classic.

Southampton v Stoke

Manolo Gabbiadini saw his penalty saved by Sergio Romero on Wednesday nights draw with Manchester United

One win in eleven on the road for Stoke

During Mark Hughes’ three years in charge of Stoke there’s been significant progress. Three ninth placed finishes have established them as a solid Premier League side but this year they appear to have taken a slight step back. The Potters come into the final day of the season down in fourteenth position and should results go against them they could drop down a spot – which would be hugely underwhelming. One of their main undoings have been the performances of their key players, with the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri in particular struggling to be the regular source of goals & assists they were last term.

Unlike their opponents here, they had a break in midweek with their last Premier League game coming on Saturday afternoon. They welcomed top four hopefuls Arsenal to the bet365 Stadium for their final home game of the season and it ended in tears – with The Gunners running riot. Stoke never really got a foothold in the game and they were put to the sword 4-1 by Arsenal and quite frankly it could’ve been more. Peter Crouch’s controversial goal was the only thing that they had to shout about in a disappointing ninety minutes – with the former England international appearing to score using his hands. They face a Southampton side here that’s also struggling for form, but Stoke have been so poor over the last couple of months and we can’t see them getting anything here.

Southampton v Stoke

Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal was Stoke’s sixth in nine Premier League games

Odds

Home advantage has a huge bearing on the odds for this clash, with Southampton clear favourites at 4/5 with BetBright – which is what we’re backing. Stoke make the trip down to the south coast as big outsiders, with them currently best priced with BetVictor at 17/4. The draw comes in at 14/5 with Paddy Power.

Recommended Bets:

Southampton to win: (Best Priced at 4/5 at BetBright) BET HERE

Southampton to win 2-0: (Best Priced at 8/1 at bet365) BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 10/11 at BetVictor) BET HERE

Southampton v Stoke

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