Liverpool (23-1-0) vs. Southampton (9-4-11)
Premier League: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 am ET (Anfield)
Line and Odds: Liverpool -350/ Southampton +1033 — Over -112/Under +102
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Liverpool likely to add three more points to an already exorbitant tally
Seventy points in 24 matches. Eight wins away from the Premier League title and ten wins away from joining the list of centurions. Unbeaten in their last 15 league matches.
Those are just a few of the staggering figures Liverpool have put up this season. The Reds look simply unstoppable and this well-drilled side haven’t shown any signs of stopping. A treble is on the cards, though Jurgen Klopp’s recent comments are indicative of Liverpool focusing primarily on securing a much-awaited top-flight trophy and defending their UEFA Champions League crown. A visit from Southampton, from the outset, looks a mere formality for the machine from Merseyside.
Klopp’s side have four wins and a draw in their last five matches. A rather hectic set of fixtures for Liverpool has however, seen them come unscathed in the league. A 1-0 victory at Tottenham was followed by a 2-0 home victory over Manchester United and another 2-1 victory at Wolves. All three matches have taken a toll on the Reds – the last one, a particularly tiring fixture – but they have come through keeping their lead at the top intact. Shrewsbury then surprised Liverpool in the FA Cup, coming back to force a Replay at Anfield after being two goals down. However, Klopp’s men returned to winning ways with a regulation 2-0 victory over West Ham. They now have an unbelievable 19-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, with relatively easier fixtures coming up in the league and an exciting Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid ahead. In short, it could not be a better time to be a Liverpool supporter.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has revived this Southampton side after a dour start to the campaign and his side have had a more than decent run in their last five matches, recording three wins and a draw and loss each. A 2-0 victory over Huddersfield in the FA Cup was followed by a sweet 2-1 victory at Leicester – a measure of revenge for their 9-0 drubbing in October. They then let a two-goal first half lead slip against Wolves at home, losing 3-2. The Saints were not bad, but struggled against an inspired performance by the visitors. They returned to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace before an encouraging performance at home saw them draw 1-1 with Tottenham and force a Replay. Southampton are clear underdogs in this tie, but will hope to put up a fight against the league leaders.
Cover The Spread 365 Premier League Betting Trends
– Liverpool are 7-1-2 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Liverpool are 6-2-4 ATS at home in the Premier League this season.
– Liverpool are 8-10-6 in the Premier League this season.
– Southampton are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Southampton are 10-2 ATS away from home in the Premier League this season.
– Southampton are 10-10-4 O/U in the Premier League this season.
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Last Time Out
Liverpool edged Southampton 2-1 at St.Mary’s in a tight fixture in August. Strikes on either side of half-time from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put the Reds in control, but the home side staged a comeback of sorts when they scored through Danny Ings with less than ten minutes left to play. Liverpool held on, however to stay atop the Premier League table.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be the Merseyside outfit’s most important player. The Ox, as he is referred to by the fans, has filled in admirably so far for the injured Mane and managed to score against West Ham last time out as well. Oxlade-Chamberlain has explosive pace and can finish as well and will be eager to get a goal against the Saints.
Danny Ings will be looking to break his duck, having gone without a goal in his last three matches. Much will ride on the English forward’s performance, not just for the Saints to spring a surprise, but also individually if he wants to get his ticket to travel with England to Euro 2020. Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane are currently out with long-term injuries and if Ings can get in a good performance, Gareth Southgate might just have to make a few calls.
Former Saints players Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are all set to miss the clash on Saturday, while Xerdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Divock Origi are doubtful as well.
Predicted Line-up: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah.
Jan Bednarek and Stuart Armstrong are both set to miss the clash against Liverpool, while Yan Valery and Shane Long will face a pre-match fitness test to be eligible for selection. Jan Vestergaard is however set to return for the Saints.
Predicted Line-up: McCarthy; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Stephens, Valery; Redmond, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal; Obafemi, Ings.