Southampton vs Liverpool: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 3:42 PM UTC

Mané and Van Dijk will return to their old stomping ground...
<div><h2>Southampton vs Liverpool</h2><p><strong>Saturday, August 17, at St Mary’s</strong></p><p>A huge number of stars have moved from Southampton to Liverpool in recent years and it is always interesting to see the two clubs lock horns. Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mané and Adam Lallana are among the former Saints players that will return to their old stomping ground on Saturday. It has been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool in recent years, as they won 3-1 at St Mary’s last season and 2-0 in the previous campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s men have now rattled off four wins in a row against Southampton, and they typically dominate their meetings.</p><p>Liverpool blew Norwich away their Premier League opener and that 4-1 victory should give them plenty of confidence. Southampton suffered a 3-0 defeat at Burnley and that could really damage their early season morale, so it is easy to see why the Reds are heavy favourites. Fatigue could be an issue for Liverpool, as they take on Chelsea for UEFA Super Cup glory in Istanbul on Wednesday night, but they should retain enough energy to dispatch Southampton. They will be locked in another ferocious title battle with Man City this season and they know they cannot afford to drop points against teams like the Saints, so you would expect Klopp’s men to be highly motivated for this game.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Injury to goalkeeper Alisson is the main concern for Liverpool. He will be out for a few weeks after pulling a muscle while taking a goal kick against Norwich in the season’s curtain raiser. Loris Karius is on loan and Simon Mignolet has been sold, thrusting new signing Adrian into the limelight. He was not always convincing during his time at West Ham, so Klopp will have to hope he remains reasonably solid. The presence of Van Dijk should be able to keep shots on goal down to a minimum anyway. Klopp may decide to rotate his team for this game, meaning Lallana, Divock Origi, Joel Matip, Naby Keita and former Saints player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line to start.</p><p>Southampton spent £35 million on Danny Ings and Che Adams this summer, but they were largely ineffective against Burnley at the weekend. New signing Moussa Djenepo could push for a starting berth in this game, while Sofiane Boufal certainly offers something different. The Saints have no new injury problems for Ralph Hassenhuttl to worry about, but he might decide to rethink the back-three approach after struggling against Burnley.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Liverpool -1.25 Asian handicap at 1.88 (22/25) with Bet365</a></strong></p></div>
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