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Southampton v Liverpool EFL Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 11th January 2017

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Southampton v Liverpool EFL Cup, 11th January 7.45pm

It is a busy January for Liverpool, made worse after their draw at Anfield with Plymouth in the FA Cup on the weekend. The Reds go into their EFL Cup semi final against Southampton as favourites to make it through to Wembley. They are catching a Southampton side who are struggling a bit at the moment and who have gone without a win in any of their last four games. With the defensive toughness lacking with the Saints at the moment, will the Reds, who are obviously going to be sending out a stronger lineup than they did on Saturday, be able to gain an important first leg advantage? Liverpool are 5/4 with the draw at 12/5 and Southampton at 12/5.

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Southampton v Liverpool Betting Tips

The Saints drew 0-0 at home in the Premier League against Liverpool back in November, but in the game, the Saints failed to manage a single shot on target themselves. The current form that they are carrying doesn’t suggest particularly that they are going to go out and land a win in this one as they have gone D3 L1 in their four games across all competitions. Claude Puel’s men are struggling to keep clean sheets and they have shipped eleven goals now in their last four games played. That’s straggling bad for them as they had shipped just two in their previous four. So with their defence gone, they don’t pack enough of a punch going forward to cover that up. Only twice in their last fourteen games have their managed more than two goals in a single game. This match to go under 2.5 goals with William Hill is a quote of 4/5.

Southampton’s home form this season is pretty good actually as they have gone W8 D4 L3 but two of those losses have come in their last two home games (against Spurs and West Brom in the league). The Saints are crying out for some potency up front and running in the anytime goalscorer market for them in this one is Shane Long at a price of 2/1, the same as Jay Rodriguez. You have a decent quote of even money on both teams not to score with William Hill here. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five between these on the south coast, Liverpool winning two of those games to nil. These two were together in last season’s’ League Cup and the Reds rolled off a 6-1 victory at St Mary’s despite going behind in the first minute of the game. Can Southampton withstand the challenge of the Reds?

Liverpool rested pretty much everyone on the weekend for their FA Cup game against Plymouth, so they will be stronger for this one. In the anytime goalscorer market they have Daniel Sturridge as 6/4 favourite, with Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino at 9/5. The Reds have lost just one of their last four visits to Southampton in all competitions and will fancy their chances here of putting a strong lead on the board. Away from home this season Liverpool have gone W8 D3 L2 in all competitions and have taken away wins with a clean sheet at Burton and Derby in the EFL Cup this term. Liverpool to win to nil at William Hill is a price of 11/4. The Reds have the firepower to unlock defences and after a good rest on the weekend, they will be expected to find a way through the shaky Southampton defence. Look under the 2.5 goal line on the game though as it could be tight.

Who will win – Southampton v Liverpool Predictions

This may be a tight and tense affair more likely for the two to go out and push the pace in this one, leaving Southampton to grind their way through the 90 minutes. The Saints don’t look capable of pulling off an upset in this one, so their best progress is going to be made by just trying to hang in there and pulling out a draw to give themselves a fighting chance back at Anfield. However, in a game under 2.5 goals, Liverpool are just likely to snatch and advantage.


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