Predicting Southampton’s next five results
Southampton dropped back down into the bottom half of the Premier League on Saturday as they lost 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.
The Saints were able to get to half time with the scoreline at 0-0, before Liverpool turned on the heat in the second half.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring, before goals from Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah (2) made sure of the three points for the home side.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are now 13th in the table, but only six points off Tottenham in fifth place. They are also only outside of the top half on goal difference, with Arsenal, Burnley, Newcastle and Southampton all currently on 31 points.
With 13 games left to go in the season, Southampton still have a chance to achieve a top ten finish. This is remarkable given that the club were in the relegation zone as recently as December.
They now face a stretch of five games against teams in the bottom half, but how many points will they pick up? Here is how we’ve predicted the next few games.
Burnley swept Southampton aside on the opening day of the season with a 3-0 win, but we predict that Southampton will get their revenge this time out.
Danny Ings could come back to haunt his former side and further add to his impressive goal tally in the Premier League this season.
We’re going for a 2-1 Southampton victory.
Aston Villa (H)
Villa are struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League table so they should be up for the fight and ready to give their all against the Saints.
Despite this, we predict that Southampton will be able to make the most of Villa’s stuttering defence, they have the joint-most conceded goals in the league, to secure the three points. We’re going with a routine 2-0 win for the Saints.
West Ham (A)
Whilst West Ham are currently in the bottom three, they do still have threats at the top end of the pitch.
They have the likes of Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, whilst they also added Jarrod Bowen to their squad on deadline day – who scored 16 goals in the first half of the season for Hull.
This could be a tough matchup, with Bowen potentially adding more firepower to West Ham’s attack, so we are predicting a 1-1 draw for the Saints.
Newcastle have only had more than 50% possession in two Premier League games this season. This means that Southampton could have the chance to dominate the game and control the tempo.
If they are able to do this and then take their chances when they come, we predict that it will be a comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
We are going with a 3-1 win for Southampton.
Norwich are currently bottom of the Premier League, although that could change by the time this fixture rolls around, which means that Southampton should fancy their chances.
The Canaries do, however, have talented forward in Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki who could cause Southampton problems – with 17 league goals between them this term.
We are going for a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.
Total = 11 points
11 points out of a possible 15 would be a solid return for the Saints in their pursuit of a top-half, or possible even European, push. It would leave them on 42 points, also washing away any potential lingering fears of relegation by hitting the magic 40-point mark.