Southampton take on the visitors Liverpool in the round 37 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Tuesday, May 17th at St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Southampton have nothing to play for a long time: 4 dozen points have been scored. This means that there is not even a mathematical probability of flying out. And for something more significant, the «saints» will fight in the next draw. So far, Ralph Hasenhüttl and his wards should just somehow finish this season. It is clear that little has been released in recent weeks. The unmotivated team flew out of the cup in the spring, losing to Manchester City. And in the Premier League in 10 rounds, only 1 victory was taken, over Arsenal, and 5 points. Moreover, out of the last 4 matches, Soton lost three times, with the only draw with Brighton.
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Liverpool formally still claim to win a «quadruple». And half of this task has already been completed. It is curious that both cups were won in almost identical scenario. Firstly, in both cases, the opponent was Chelsea. Secondly, that in the League Cup, that on Saturday, in the FA Cup, after regular and extra time, there was a draw between the parties. And in the protracted penalty shootout, the Reds were better. It was the same on Saturday, but the price was considerable, I had to change van Dijk with Salah. Everything seems to be in order with Virgil, they played it safe, but Mohamed can only hope for a return to the Champions League final. In EPL the Reds are second in the standings, they slipped first in the race with the City. But there is still hope. On Sunday, the «citizens» also played a draw, but they were completely inferior to West Ham 2-0, having managed to recoup after the break.
In January last year, Southampton managed to win in head-to-head. But in all the other 8 recent matches, Liverpool won. Including 4-0 within this championship already. Southampton lost Livramento, Liverpool lost Fabinho. And, of course, there will be no van Dijk with Salah, who need to recover. Liverpool are stronger and will win even with a handicap of «-1 goals scored».
Prediction for match: Liverpool to win with -1.0 handicap.