Competition: Premier League – Southampton FC vs. Liverpool FC
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Saturday, November 19 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Southampton 23/10 – Draw 13/5 – Liverpool 11/10
Southampton have lost two-straight league games and will be hoping for a change of fortunes following the international break.Embed from Getty Images
But they know they’re up against it here, with the Premier League leaders coming to town in excellent form. The Saints haven’t kept a clean sheet in four and that will undoubtedly be a huge worry for Claude Puel.
Liverpool have been so impressive to this point, scoring 30 goals in 11 games, with Jurgen Klopp’s intensity blowing teams away more often than not.
The Reds have won four of their six away games so far and will be confident of getting a result at St Mary’s on Saturday, considering they’ve won three of their last four trips there.Embed from Getty Images
Southampton have a long injury list with no less than seven first-team players ruled out and doubts hanging over Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Jeremy Pied, Shane Long, Matt Targett, Harrison Reed, Jake Hesketh, Alex McCarthy and Florin Gardos are all definitely out.
Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of Philippe Coutinho, who is struggling with a bit of a knock to his ankle. Danny Ings, Sheyi Ojo, Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are all definitely ruled out. Daniel Sturridge will be hoping to start up top.
Southampton’s last five: D/W/D/L/L
Liverpool’s last five: W/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Liverpool have scored 40 goals in their 14 competitive games so far this season, which is their best tally after 14 games since 1895.
Key Player: Philippe Coutinho – The Brazilian playmaker has been in sensational form so far this season and has scored in three of his last four trips to St Mary’s Stadium. Expect him to be at the heart of everything Liverpool do going forward on Saturday.
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool – There should be goals here between two of the league’s most attacking sides. Liverpool, however, look far too good at the moment and are deservedly top of the table. They will be looking for a fourth-straight Premier League win on Saturday and the Saints don’t look in a position to stop them.