Southampton and Liverpool have been drawing matches regularly of late, making a stalemate the obvious selection in this contest.
Southampton have fallen off somewhat from the form that had seen them top the Premier League table earlier on in the season. They are without a win in four, starting with a 1-1 draw with Arsenal, 1-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 0-0 draw with Fulham. Last time out, they faced West Ham at St. Mary’s. It ended in another 0-0 draw for Southampton, who have really seen the goals dry up in recent weeks. Southampton are set to be without Jannik Vestergaard and Nathan Redmond due to injury. Ralph Hasenhuttl will be back on the touchline after missing the West Ham match due to Covid protocols.
Liverpool have been drawing games far too frequently of late for a team that has aspirations of retaining the Premier League title. They have drawn against sides they were expected to beat in Fulham and West Brom in their last five matches. They have also beaten Tottenham and Crystal Palace in that time. Jurgen Klopp’s team dropped another two points on Wednesday when they drew 0-0 away to Newcastle. Facing Manchester United in their next league fixture after this, it’s vital that Liverpool don’t allow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to surpass them at the top of the table before then. Liverpool could hand a start to midfielder Thiago Alcantara after his substitute appearance against Newcastle. The Reds will be missing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas, Naby Keita and Diogo Jota.
Liverpool have 57 wins in this fixture alongside 25 draws. Southampton have 30 wins of their own in clashes with the Reds. Liverpool won the most recent meeting 4-0 in February 2020. With Liverpool drawing 4 of their last 6 away matches and Southampton drawing 3 of their last 4, there’s only one choice for this match.
PREDICTION : 1-1 DRAW
ACCUMULATOR TIP : BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE