Liverpool make the bid for the fifth place in the Premier League in the match against Southampton, a side who are coincidentally on the 4th place in the table. The Reds come from a win in Europa League which might have given the team the confidence Brendan Rodgers was talking about when he mentioned his squad could have won the Champions League.
Southampton have had an impressive season so far, which of course allowed them the luxury of keeping the tabs on Manchester United in their bid for the third place in the table. After the FA Cup exit, the hosts have had the necessary time to get ready to host Liverpool and capitalize on their fatigue after the Europa League clash against Besiktas. Coincidentally enough, the win is not making as many papers as it should, due to the well-known penalty taker row between Balotelli, Henderson and Sturridge.
The usual suspects from both teams are injured this time around, and punters are looking at former Southampton players to make the difference, but for Liverpool. Lallana, Lambert and Dejan Lovren are aware the Saints supporters won’t be giving them the warm welcome and if either gets to score, hopefully with the decency of not celebrating. Southampton have a good defensive record at home where they only conceded two goals: one form Chelsea and one from Swansea. Liverpool have four away matches where they didn’t concede, three of which are wins.
In the midfield area Henderson will have to battle it out against Wanyama, but Liverpool’s second in command is the Red’s main man with the assists, and you could even place a bet on him to score, 888sport will offer you 9.00 odds for a Henderson goal. Last time the two teams met Liverpool won with 2-1 after Sterling and Sturridge scored a goal in each half. This time around, Liverpool comes from a morale boost win against Tottenham while Southampton recorded a frustrating 0-0 draw against West Ham.
Graziano Pelle must be in need of a goal, at 2.50 with 888sport, but he might clash with Skrtel for the goal or Mignolet might be in one of his great days to save. The last four matches between the two provided us with goals, and keeping in mind that Southampton have one of the best defensive records this season it will be interesting to observe which defensive line will crack first.
888sport offers Southampton 2.50 odds to win, and some punters are unable to comprehend just why Liverpool got 2.90 to win. Both teams to score has 1.72 odds, Southampton to score over 1.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Liverpool with a +1 handicap 1.21 odds, a goal in the first 15 minutes has 3.25 odds and a red card 4.75. Both teams need the three points more or less for the same reason which is why we’re going to bet 5 units on both teams to score in the second half with 3.55 odds from 888sport.
Southampton: Team’s Formation
Liverpool: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score in the second half
Result: -5 units, bet lost
Manchester City are faced with another must-win match as they are trying to keep up the pace with Chelsea London and defend their title. At this point their actions might seem without result after unnecessary draws against Everton, Chelsea and Hull City as well as the defeat against Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero was back to full fitness against Stoke City, which could see the striker hungry for goals against Newcastle, who return to Etihad after taking the hosts out of the Capital One Cup. Now, Aguero is rumored to miss the match due to a back injury, but the Citizens will see Toure finally back in the fold as well as Bony from the AFCON. Their return will hopefully mean much more stability for Man City who are undefeated in 28 of their last 31 matches played at Etihad. Man City need a David Silva in great form as his play-making skills could open up goalscoring chances for other players if Aguero will be unavailable.
Newcastle are 11th in the Premier League coming from a draw against Crystal Palace, which only adds to their defensive issues. The visitors conceded 37 goals this season, and now with Dummett, Tiote and Taylor out for the match against the Champions, Newcastle will have to find potential winners from Perez and Cisse. The Magpies might be keen on showing again that Eithad does not give Man City the needed clout, but with City up for three points prior to their Champions League clash, might see them tightening their defensive ranks.
Manchester City are almost assured winners with Unibet backing their win with 1.28 odds, as opposed to Newcastle’s 10.50. The difference in odds is due to the fact that Newcastle are without a win at Etihad since 2005, not taking into account the League Cup win. In the last five Premier League matches between the two, Man City conceded only once and scored 15 goals, which makes the both teams to score betting market a real gamble. Over 3.5 goals has 2.43 odds, Man City with a -2 handicap have 2.25 odds, Newcastle with a +2 one 1.66, and we’re betting 7 units on Man City to win both halves with 2.50 odds from Unibet.
Manchester City: Team’s Formation
Newcastle United: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Man City to win both halves
Result: -7 units, bet lost