EPL Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips: Liverpool vs. Southampton
We have EPL Predictions for Liverpool vs. Southampton – two teams expected to finish at opposite ends of the English Premiership ladder.
These two sides endured contrasting starts to the new season, but Southampton will have the perfect opportunity to rectify their opening day defeat when Champions League winners Liverpool come to St Mary’s looking to build on their solid start to the season.
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Liverpool fans have endured a quiet summer of business with Jurgen Klopp apparently appeased with how his squad looks. Klopp was vindicated to a degree as the Reds opened the campaign with the first game of the new season with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the newly promoted Norwich City.
The Canaries found themselves 4-0 down at half time after a Grant Hanley own goal, coupled with goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino compounded the defensive mistakes made by the young Norwich side.
However, it wasn’t all their own way at Norwich continuously threatened on the counter-attack and eventually got their goal through last season’s top scorer Teemu Pukki with 25 minutes remaining.
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The Reds did look a little shaky at the back, and the right-hand side of that undoubtedly needs work if they are going to sustain another title challenge. Joe Gomez looked nervous on his first competitive start since injury last term, and Trent Alexander-Arnold was constantly caught out of position.
However, these are easy things for Klopp to fix and Liverpool will be the closest challengers to Manchester City if they can repeat their form from last season.
It was a miserable opening day for Southampton as they embarked on a first full season under Ralph Hassenhuttl. The manager named two of his summer recruits in the starting line up in Che Adams and Danny Ings, but it was Nathan Redmond that came the closest to giving the Saints in the lead in the first half.
The winger produced a fine save from Nick Pope in the Burnley goal, but that would be the closest they would get.
Saints were blown away in the second period after a brace from Ashley Barnes and a third from Johann Berg Gudmundsson inflicted an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to open the new campaign. The scoreline didn’t flatter the Clarets, but Southampton would have been disappointed with their part in all the goals, with all three being assisted by a defensive mistake.
They will have to be more solid at the back when Liverpool comes to town.
Liverpool vs. Southampton head-to-head stats
Liverpool holds the clear advantage in the overall record having won on 55 occasions compared to Southampton’s 30 wins. There have also been 25 draws between the two sides.
The Saints haven’t won against Liverpool in the Premier League since 2016 and lost both fixtures last season.
The Reds won 3-0 at Anfield, before following that up with a 3-1 success at St Mary’s.
Southampton Team News
Ralph Hassenhuttl will have a fully fit squad to select from for the first home game of the season.
Liverpool Team News
The injury picked up by Alisson in the opening day win will be a concern for Jurgen Klopp, with the Brazilian likely to be out until October. Meanwhile, Nathan Clyne also remains on the treatment table.
EPL Predictions: Liverpool vs. Southampton
Liverpool will know that they can’t afford any early slip-ups this season and will be aware that they have to win on every occasion they play before Manchester City.
Southampton’s defensive issues will ensure that the Reds comfortably get past the Saints, but Liverpool’s defence will also leak a goal of their own.
EPL Predictions: Liverpool to win @ Pinnacle.