Preview - Southampton vs Liverpool Feb 12 2018

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Match Day 27
Southampton vs. Liverpool
Monday, February 12th, 2018
00:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Southampton:
Last five matches form: W D D D L
Average goals per match: 1.1
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (6)

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: D W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (21)

We have another top vs bottom clash at St Mary's this weekend as top four contenders Liverpool take on a relegation threatened Southampton side.

Southampton have certainly steadied the ship a little of late, losing only one of their last six, picking up valuable points against Manchester United and Tottenham in the process. They still lie perilously close to the relegation zone however, and would no doubt relish an easier challenge than Jurgen Klopps rampant Reds this weekend.

Liverpool will be keen to get back on the winning trail having dominated the early exchanges against Spurs last week, only to be denied the three points by a Harry Kane penalty with what was just about the last kick of the game in what was a crazy finale.

It is in the final third where this game is mismatch. Liverpool's triple threat of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Saido Manè have caused havoc almost anywhere they have turned up this season and its hard to see the Southampton defence keeping them out for 90 minutes considering they conceded two to a poor West Brom side last week. With their top scorer Charlie Austin looking likely to miss out, its hard to see the Saints finding a way back into the game should they concede as seems likely.

We fancy Liverpool to take the lead before putting the game to bed on the counterattack here.

Prediction: Southampton 0-3 Liverpool

Harry85

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Feb 12, 2018, 02:29 AM Last Edit: Feb 13, 2018, 12:46 AM by Harry85
Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 8 -16
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks:  3 - 1
Possession: 52% - 48%

Oriol Romeu was booked for the home team, with Liverpool's Joel Matip and Emre Can also having their names taken by referee, Martin Atkinson.

Southampton may have just shaded the possession stats in this game, but this was really a pretty routine away victory for Jurgen Klopp's men. Well clear on the total shots count, they were by no means flattered by the two-goal margin of victory

Any hopes that Southampton had of keeping out the potent Liverpool triple-threat of Mohamed Salah, Saido Manè and Roberto Firmino were swiftly ended at St.Mary's, with the on-fire Salah teeing up Firmino to fire Liverpool into the lead in just the sixth minute.
The Saints gave it a good go once falling behind, with chances coming at either end. The decisive goal of this contest came in the 42nd minute. It was a case of role reversal this time as Firmino turned provided to play in Salah who made no mistake in finding the bottom corner.
It was an uphill battle for Mauricio Pellegrino's men from their on in, with the Reds taking a two-goal lead into the break and threatening to add to their advantage almost throughout the second half.  They didn't quite manage a third but nevertheless ran out comfortable winners as Southampton struggled to find a cutting edge in the absence of top scorer Charlie Austin.
Liverpool move back above Tottenham into third on the back of this win and can head into their midweek Champions League clash with Porto on a high.
With both Huddersfield and Newcastle winning in the days earlier games, this was a far from super Sunday for Southampton as they drop into the bottom three.

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