Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Southampton

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Updated: August 12, 2014
Liverpool

Match Date: 17 August 2014 (local time)

Venue: Anfield

 

Forced to a draw by Crystal Palace, Liverpool lost its title bid to Manchester City in a disappointing fashion. But now that its talismanic striker, Luis Suarez left Anfield, doubts over Liverpool’s abilities to top the league start to crop out.

 

On the other hand, the dilemma that Liverpool faces is also a major concern for Southampton. The squad currently experiences an unprecedented exodus that witnessed the exit of its key players. Many of them went to Liverpool.

 

Which of these two have  a better chance of surviving?

 

The contenders

Liverpool

Although the Brendan Rodgers’ revolution fell short in claiming the trophy last year, it has nonetheless, helped Liverpool secure a stronger and better finish. There is nothing to be ashamed of being the league’s runner-up. Definitely, it is much better than frolicking within the 4th and 5th spots.

 

Liverpool remains a strong squad in the Premier League despite Suarez’s exit. The presence of Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling retains the strength of its attacking department, whilst the acquisition of high caliber players such as Emre Can, Luke Shaw, and Adam Lallana to name a few, ensures that they remain as one of the strongest forces to reckon with.

 

Indeed, it is not easy to rebuild. This is most especially true if someone as talented as Luis Suarez leaves. But perhaps the word impossible is simply not included in Rodgers’ vocabulary.

 

Southampton

Southampton will need a lot of work to do. It needs to regroup. Signing replacements alone will not suffice. The rest of the team should work well together or all efforts will be wasted.

 

On the other hand, despite the loss of its key players, Southampton still has notable members under its wing that can make a difference for the squad. The upcoming season will be harsh for the Saints and they must do everything in order to avoid relegation.

 

Prediction, head turners and flops

Just recently, Liverpool lost the International Champions Cup trophy to Manchester United. Some of its critics were quick to react, stating how Liverpool badly misses Suarez’s services. Indeed, the result may raise questions, but take note that Liverpool is not an online betting favorite for nothing. What transpired during the said friendly may not necessarily reflect the club’s actual performance. On a closer look, it is evident that Rodgers did well in the transfer market.

 

On the other hand, if there is any club that will most likely struggle in the said match, this is no other than Southampton. Many are expecting Dusan Tadic to step up and at the very least, help the Saints force a draw.

 

What the odds say

Sports betting site such as 12BET sees Liverpool as the ultimate favorite in the match, with odds valued at 1.82, while delivering an Asian handicap of 1-1.5.

 

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