Southampton vs Liverpool
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Southampton vs Liverpool

Probable starting eleven: Southampton: Boruc; Chambers, Yoshida, Lovren, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Davis, Cork; Rodriguez, Lallana; Lambert Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan; Sterling, Henderson, Gerrard, Coutinho; Suarez, Sturridge Liverpool are favorites here, but I think they will not win at St. Mary’s. First of all, this place is not suitable for Liverpool. Just look the previous three matches when Southampton were the hosts: 16.03.2013. Southampton – Liverpool 3:1 22.01.2005. Southampton – Liverpool 2:0 14.03.2004. Southampton – Liverpool 2:0 Next, Liverpool are having big problems in the defense. The left-back Luis Enrique is still sidelined through injury. His rehabilitation is not going well and he visited United States for some additional procedures. The central defender Mamadou Sakho is also injured. Maybe he will be in contention for this game, but it is clear he is not 100 percent ready yet. The right-back Glen Johnson has just recovered from injury and played the last match with Swansea. The whole defense was awful on that match and allowed the opponent to score three goals. Finally, the important midfielder Lucas Leiva remains sidelined. But Liverpool and their problems are not the only reason for my pick. Southampton are a solid side and they have improved the home form in the last period. The Saints are unbeaten on the last three matches at St. Mary’s: 08.02.2014. Southampton – Stoke City 2:2 28.01.2014. Southampton – Arsenal 2:2 11.01.2014. Southampton – WBA 1:0 As You can see, one of the opponents were Arsenal. I believe Southampton are able to stay unbeaten again, this time against the Reds. The manager Mauricio Pochettino has almost all players available, only the midfielder Victor Wanyama and defender Jos Hooiveld are doubtful and they will be assessed ahead of the fixture. I expect the points to be shared.