Liverpool have now beaten every team in the top flight this season, and are almost likely to continue their march towards the title when they host Southampton for this one.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 1st, February
Kick-off: 16:00 pm
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Talk about dominance. Liverpool are rewriting the history books, and in an incredible way.
The latest victory versus West Ham in their game in hand on Wednesday ensured The Reds have now gone 41 games unbeaten — that is the second-longest run in Premier League history, overtaking Chelsea’s 2004/05 feat.
The records keep tumbling, and there could be more. Liverpool are now just eight games behind Arsenal’s famous record of 49 games set back in the 2003/2004 season.
What more? Jurgen Klopp’s side have racked in 70 points from a possible 72, and we are still in January — will Southampton not feel hard done by having to face their rampant opponents now?
One will however, have to applaud the renaissance the Saints have led in the top flight. Tipped for the drop after a disastrous start to the campaign, Southampton surprisingly turned the tide in impressive fashion and are unbeaten in six of their last seven league games, and just a solitary loss in their last nine in all competitions.
They sit in ninth on the standings and have now set their sights on achieving top flight football for next season, and will be buoyed with the latest acquisition of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham.
The task that await them is Herculean-like however, as they have lost all of their last five league games against Liverpool.
Sadio Mane’s hamstring injury is sure to keep him out against his former club, while Divock Origi was forced off with a muscle cramp at West Ham, and thus is a doubt.
Adam Lallana, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are all rated doubtful while longer term absentee Nathaniel Clyne will also not suit up against former employers.
Stuart Armstrong is ruled out for at least two weeks but Jannik Vestergaard is back in contention after suffering from concussion.
This game might come too soon for new signing Walker-Peters. Shane Long’s fitness will be accessed closer to kick-off.
Head to Head
In 109 competitive meetings, Liverpool have won 55 to Southampton’s 30. They have cancelled out themselves 24 times.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 11 league games.
Southampton have won their last 4 away games in the Premier League.
There have been over 2.5 goals in the last three games between these two sides in the Premier League.
Liverpool have blown away the rest of the division in some style, and there can be little to suggest they will not be champions come the end of the season. Liverpool’s last five league games (WWWWW)
Southampton are not faring badly for themselves. They beat 2-0 in the top flight prior to holding Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in an FA Cup meeting last weekend. Southampton’s last five league games (DWWLW)
Due to Liverpool’s standing and impeccable run, finding value from this game could be a tough one. But with Southampton looking to be adventurous as they have been recently, punters can pick the Both Teams To Score market prized at 10/11, which could be one of the value tips from here.
Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings have been a source of goals for the Saints, so it could be worth taking a look at him to find the net at anytime for 5/2.