Friday 5 April: 8pm
Live on Sky Sports Football
Liverpool lead the Premier League at the time of writing but could be back in second place by the time this games kicks off. A win at Southampton will ensure they top the table come the end of the weekend with Manchester City on FA Cup duty. The hosts are only two places above the relegation zone but had a five-point lead after last weekend’s games.
Liverpool may not be top of the Premier League by the time this game begins, with Manchester City fully expected to beat Cardiff City on Wednesday. Three points at St Mary’s will see them top the table and they are currently 15/8 (2.87) at William Hill to win the title with Manchester City 4/9 (1.44) at Betfair.
The odds on Liverpool becoming Premier League champions aren’t that bad, considering they have won five and drawn one of their last six league games. That’s a big improvement on a run of form that saw them draw three out of four games.
Liverpool have six league games left and the only top side they have to face is sixth-placed Chelsea and that’s at home. If they want to win the title though, it’s away games like this one at Southampton that could prove to be the banana skin that Manchester City (who still have to go to Old Trafford).
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won four games in a row including the 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The goals are starting to flow again with eight scored in the last three league games. though a certain player hasn’t mad a contribution, more about that later.
Away form for Liverpool has seen them unbeaten in their last five and their only loss was at Manchester City in early January. There are odds of 4/9 (1.44) at BetVictor on them winning at Southampton and keep the pressure on Manchester City.
Southampton are 16th in the table after another inconsistent season. At the time of writing this preview, they are five points clear of Cardiff City. The Saints will expect that to still be the case when this game begins unless the Welsh side get something at Manchester City on Wednesday. Something that would please Liverpool of course.
The Saints are 60/1 (61.0) at Paddy Power to be relegated this season. That’s reasonable as Southampton have fought their way out of the bottom three. They have won three of their last four league games including a 2-1 home win over Tottenham. The others were against relegated Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion who aren’t in the best of form of late.
Only one of Southampton’s last five home league games has ended in defeat. In games against sides currently in the top six, only Manchester City have come away with a win. Both Arsenal and Tottenham lost at St Mary’s, while Manchester United drew 2-2 after being 2-0 behind. It’s 7/1 (8.0) at Betway that Southampton win this match and all but secure another season in the Premier League.
Liverpool had a bad run against Southampton going five games without a win. They have turned that around though and have three wins and a draw in the last four matches. Southampton have failed to score in any of those games and the odds on Liverpool winning to nil on Friday are 6/5 (2.2) at Bet365.
Southampton will be missing Shane Long who is out injured. Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk may miss this game against his former club.
When Will Salah Score?
Liverpool have plenty of players that can get on the score sheet. That’s handy as Mo Salah hasn’t scored a goal since January 19. It’s 6/5 (2.2) at Ladbrokes on the Egyptian scoring in this match.
The last two Liverpool league games have both been won 2-1. The odds on that happening again on Friday are 15/2 (8.5) at SkyBet.
Liverpool can’t afford any slip-ups in this game. Southampton can be awkward to beat on their day but Liverpool have momentum again and surely Salah has to score soon. A bet on them to win and over 1.5 goals in the game is 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred.