We’re now entering the stage in the season where individual matches can be hugely significant and in the context of the race for a Champions League place, Southampton’s showdown with Liverpool at the St Mary’s Stadium is one such encounter.
Victory for Saints, priced at 8/5 by Paddy Power, would make it an uphill struggle for the Reds to ultimately finish in the top four but a triumph for Brendan Rodgers’s troops, available via BetVictor at 21/10 would tighten things up considerably and keep the visitors right in the hunt.
Rejuvenated Liverpool are unbeaten in nine Premier League outings, so they head to the south coast full of confidence and it would take a brave punter to oppose them. Saints meanwhile, have lost only once in their last nine and enjoy home advantage so there’s little to separate the pair; subsequently, Stan James’s 12/5 about a tight affair finishing all square has to get the nod.
Taking that a touch further, BetVictor mark 4/1 against a score draw and betway quote the vital clash at 11/2 to end one-each in a match that looks decent value at 3/4 (Ladbrokes) to generate fewer than three goals.
Staying with the scoring theme, Liverpool’s fit-again front man Daniel Sturridge is rediscovering his sharpness and he’s worth an interest at 7/4 via bet365 to find the net, just as he did when the pair met at Anfield on the campaign’s opening day.
Southampton v Liverpool to finish 1-1 – 11/2 (betway)