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Premier League 2

 

LIVERPOOL v SOUTHAMPTON 15:00, Anfield

 

Liverpool supporters could not be happier with their teams start to the campaign with The Reds undefeated and top of the table. Brendan Rodgers side dropped points for the first time on Monday night against Swansea in a roller-coaster of a match but his side will be expected to get back to winning ways against Southampton.

The big negative of the game on Monday was the injury to Philippe Coutinho, who has been ruled out until the end of October with a shoulder injury, meaning Victor Moses is likely to fill in on the left flank. Liverpool will not underestimate Mauricio Pochettino’s side who have triumphed in four of their last six league meetings with the Reds, but Daniel Sturridge has been in scintillating form this season and became the first Liverpool player to score in the team’s opening four Premier League games.

 

The Saints have struggled for goals of late, only scoring four times in their previous nine league games, and will hope that new striker, Daniel Osvaldo, and last season’s top-scorer, Rickie Lambert, can rediscover their goalscoring abilities to catapult Southampton up the table. On the on the other hand the Saints have been impressive defensively, conceding just twice and allowing fewer shots on target than any other side in the division this term.

 

What to watch out for: All five of Liverpool’s goals in the Premier League this season have come before half-time. It will be interesting to see whether this run continues.

Possible line-ups:

Liverpool – Mignolet; Wisdom, Toure, Agger, Jose Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard, Moses; Aspas, Sturridge

Southampton – Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Rodriguez, Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Lallana, Osvaldo, Lambert

Recent Form: Liverpool: WWWD; Southampton: WDLD

Prediction: 2-1

 

 

 

 

 

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