Southampton vs Liverpool Betting Tips
EFL Cup Semi Final, Leg 1
After being held by lower league opponents in the FA Cup earlier this week, both Liverpool and Southampton will look to bounce back with a first leg win when the sides meet at St.Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final tie. Southampton have lost three games in the league since Christmas and the wheel of fortune were yet to turn in their favor on Sunday as Championship side Norwich City forced a replay of their FA Cup third round fixture. Steven Naismith scored in the dying minutes at Carrow Road to finish the game 2-2, denying the Saints their first victory in all competitions since mid December.
Liverpool named their youngest squad in history to face Plymouth Argyle on Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash. But the side averaging 21 years and 296 days of age failed to break down a resilient Plymouth Argyle side. Divock Origi had a goal disallowed for foul before Jorgen Klopp sent in the cavalries to dismantle the Plymouth defense. But even the first team regulars like Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino failed to find a breakthrough as Plymouth earned a replay at Hope Park.
Jorgen Klopp is expected to name a full strength squad after Sunday’s embarrassing draw against Plymouth. Phillippe Coutinho, who was out since November with an ankle ligament injury, is set to make his return. Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson are also back in training but the duo might not be rushed into the field with a visit to Old Trafford coming up.
Doubts: Joel Matip(ankle), Jordan Henderson(Heel)
Unavailable: Sadio Mane(on international duty)
Injuries: Danny Ings(knee), Cameron Brannagan(ankle), Marko Grujic(muscle)
Cedric Soares might return while Maya Yoshida will be preferred over Jose Fonte once again. Fonte has recently submitted a transfer request and is expected to leave the club in January. Sofiane Boufal, who was omitted from Morocco’s AFCON squad earlier this week, is out with injury. Claude Puele might consider deploying Josh Sims on the left flank.
Doubt: Cedric Soares(head)
Injuries: Alex McCarthy(hamstring), Matt Targett(hamstring), Jeremy Pied(knee), Sofiane Boufal(knee), Jake Hesketh(knock), Charlie Austin(shoulder)
Liverpool enjoyed a dominating 6-1 win over the hosts at St.Mary’s last season in the EFL Cup. But they were held to a goalless draw here in a more recent meeting and a repeat of that result would mean both teams heading into the second leg at Anfield without any advantage. Given their current form, Southampton would be happy with a goalless draw at home but Liverpool were very dominant in their last match at St.Mary’s. Claude Puele’s men sat deep, soaked in the attacks and tried to threaten with counter-attacks as if they were playing an away game. The Saints might not be lucky enough to defuse the Liverpool offense for the second time as Jose Fonte is not in the backline, besides the absence of a cutting-edge striker would also send them on the back foot. We expect Liverpool to score and take a winning advantage to the second leg.
- Liverpool(2nd in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
0-0(FA Cup, Home, Plymouth)2-2(Away, Sunderland)1-0(Home, Manchester City)4-1(Home, Stoke)1-0(Away, Everton)
- Southampton(10th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
2-2(FA Cup, Away, Norwich)0-3(Away, Everton)1-2(Home, West Brom)1-4(Home, Spurs)3-1(Away, Bournemouth)
HEAD TO HEAD
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19 November, 2016
Liverpool 0- Southampton 0
- The last time these two met in the League Cup, Liverpool romped to a 6-1 win at St Mary’s Stadium, with Divock Origi netting a hat-trick.
- Southampton beat Liverpool 3-2 last season, coming from 2-0 behind to stun the Reds, with now-Anfield man Sadio Mane scoring twice.
- The sides played out a tame 0-0 draw last time they faced, back in November – again on the south coast.
- The last 9 matches between the two at St. Mary’s saw the teams sharing 4 wins each along with a draw.