ENGLAND: Premier League
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
Liverpool return for their third home fixture in as many games, and Anfield will no doubt be buzzing again after the 4-0 dismantling of rivals Arsenal last time out in the Premier League (PL). As was the case against the ‘Gunners’, Jürgen Klopp’s men have made a habit of suffocating their opponents early, as no other team has scored more first-half goals this PL season, while only the ‘Reds’ and league-leaders Chelsea are yet to find themselves behind at the break.
The Merseysiders made it 15 games unbeaten at home with the win against Porto in midweek European action (W10, D5), with Anfield once again becoming a formidable fortress. A visit from Southampton will therefore have the home fans licking their lips, having kept five consecutive home PL clean sheets against their visitors, on the way to remaining undefeated in their last seven top-flight H2H clashes at home (W5, D2).
Southampton were in a generous mood in their last PL outing against Norwich, surrendering a lead to lose 2-1 and subsequently snapping their four-game unbeaten run in the league (W3, D1). Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl tends to set his team up for a tight affair week in and week out, considering only two of Southampton’s league matches this season have been decided by more than one goal.
The ‘Saints’ have found life more forgiving on the road this PL campaign, already winning as many points (5) in their six PL away games this season, than they managed in the last 13 matches on their travels last season.
Players to watch: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has nine goal contributions in his eight PL matches against Southampton (G7, A2), whose Adam Armstrong has netted the match opener in four of his last five domestic goal-scoring outings.
- Liverpool’s form in last 5 matches: WWLWD.
- Southampton’s form in last 5 matches: LWWDD.
PREDICTION: Home Win and Over 2.5