STAR PREVIEW Southampton v Liverpool

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ithout doubt, Liverpool are playing better football under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp with just a defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace spoiling what would otherwise be a stretch of 16 games across all competitions without defeat.They have won six of their last seven games but face a potentially tricky trip to St Mary’s tonight for this Capital One Quarter Final game.The hosts beat Villa 2-1 in the last round but arrive here on the back of two league defeats at the hands of Stoke and Man City where captain Jose Fonte injured his knee and as a result will miss tonight’s match.That’s the only injury worry for Saint’s manager Ronald Koeman who said: “It’s very important because Southampton only have two opportunities to win a title – the FA Cup and the League Cup – so it’s important because we want to reach the semi-finals. It’s a great game to play. It’s sold out and Liverpool are doing well under a new manager.”He added: “We know Liverpool like to press and if you beat the press then you have a lot of options and possibilities. We showed that in the second half against Manchester City.”Liverpool boss Klopp said: “I hear Southampton and Liverpool are not the best friends, so it will be a feisty game.”Klopp has a much strong deck of cards to choose from tonight with Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson all available again after injury/suspension.Southampton v LiverpoolCapital One Cup Quarter-Final19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 1-1 SouthamptonFeb 2015 PREMIER Southampton 0-2 LiverpoolAug 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 SouthamptonMar 2014 PREMIER Southampton 0-3 LiverpoolSep 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 0-1 SouthamptonMar 2013 PREMIER Southampton 3-1 LiverpoolDec 2012 PREMIER Liverpool 1-0 SouthamptonJan 2005 PREMIERSHIP Southampton 2-0 LiverpoolDec 2004 PREMIERSHIP Liverpool 1-0 SouthamptonMar 2004 PREMIERSHIP Southampton 2-0 LiverpoolAs with the last time this pair met, I’m expecting it to end level after 90 minutes and am backing the draw at around 9/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 7 points at around 9/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 92.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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