Two draws at Liverpool in the last two Premier League rounds. The champion noticeably slowed down and let the rivals go to a dangerous distance, another loss of points and the first place in the standings will have to be conceded. Several teams are just waiting for the Merseyside misfires, under such pressure it is very difficult to approach each next match, especially with such an opponent as Southampton, which can always surprise you.
APL. Round 17
Stadium: St Mary’s (Southampton)
Head judge: Andre Marriner (Birmingham)
Southampton 22:00 Liverpool
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In the event of a victory over Liverpool, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team could return to the group of leaders – more than a good incentive. However, in recent matches, the “saints” show not the best results – “dry” draws with “Fulham” and “West Ham”, the defeat from “Man City” 0: 1 and the world with “Arsenal” 1: 1. The main problem of “Southampton” is the low performance and uncertain play of the attacking line. At least one goal scored by the “red” will be a success for the owners of “St. Mary”.
In February 2020, Southampton and Liverpool met for the last time, then at Anfield the hosts dealt with the saints 4: 0. Also last season the Lersisides managed to get a victory at St. Mary’s, in the summer of 2019 the meeting ended with a score of 1: 2.
Liverpool’s overall winning streak against Southampton is six games, three of them with a crushing score. In May 2015, the “saints” for the last time withstood the duel with the “reds” – 0: 0.
In the 16th round, Jurgen Klopp’s team drew 0-0 with Newcastle, previously there were draws with West Bromwich and Fulham (both times 1: 1). It is interesting that all these teams are fighting to maintain their positions in the elite. Southampton are still at the top of the league table, so it is hoped that Liverpool will not share points with them. The leader may not achieve the most confident victory, but he will be able to score three points. Prediction: victory of guests – 1: 2.