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Southampton vs Liverpool

Both teams come into the game off the back of positive results, Southampton won 2-1 over Stoke City at the Britannia last weekend and Liverpool drew 1-1 away to Manchester United Thursday night meaning they went through to the next round of the Europa League beating United 3-1 on Aggregate.

Currently, Southampton are above Liverpool in the league however Liverpool have two games in hand so this, like last week is a huge game for both but more so the Saints, and a win is vitally important. And the winner could move as high as 6th if Manchester United lose to their rivals City.

Liverpool have been in some fine form recently and a player who has been influential since the turn of the year had been Roberto Firmino. Roberto has scored seven goals and assisted four since the turn of the year and has pushed his way into his preferred number ten role. He will definitely be the danger man for the reds this weekend however, they have other dangers and players that can change the game like Coutinho and Sturridge. Shutting these sort of players down will be vital in this game.

The last PL fixture was a 1-1 draw at Anfield. The deadlock was broken when Benteke came on and nodded Liverpool into a 1-0 lead in the 75 minute but Sadio Mane cancelled the goal out when he bundled the ball over the line in the dying minutes to rescue a point for the Saints just before getting sent off for a second booking.

BBC Sport Football pundit Mark Lawrenson said “Southampton are inconsistent, but they got a good result against Stoke last week, and it would not surprise me to see them produce a really strong finish to the season.” He then went on o predict the outcome of thid weekends game and he said he expects Southampton to edge it 2-1.

I think that both teams are doing well at the moment, and it will be a tight game. But now with the return of Fonte and Wanyama i think Liverpool’s job is even harder. I’m going to go for a 1-0 Southampton win.

 

 

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