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Liverpool v Southampton: Goals to be rarer than panda cubs

| 20.09.2013

Goals have been scarce for these two sides in the Premier League so far and it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a tense affair at Anfield.

League leaders they might be, but Liverpool’s over-reliance on Daniel Sturridge to find the net is still something of a concern and others must step up to the plate to keep the victories rolling in.

The Reds were soundly beaten 3-1 at St Mary’s last season after turning in one of their worst performances of the campaign, though the Anfield encounter produced the same 1-0 scoreline on which Liverpool have laid the foundations of a successful start in the Premier League.

Another repeat of that score is of course tempting, priced at 13/2 with Ladbrokes.

Liverpool’s quest to score goals will be hindered by facing one of the league’s meanest defences so far – the Saints have conceded just twice in four games, allowing the least shots on target of any side – while the hosts will be without their most creative force in Philippe Coutinho, injured for a month.

Throw into the mix the fact Southampton have rustled up the sum total of two goals themselves thus far and the 10/11 on under 2.5 goals is a coupon-filler all day long, while the 27/10 on under 1.5 goals in total, or even the stalemate at 11/1, come into play.

Interestingly, the three Premier League games in which Liverpool have triumphed in 1-0 have all seen the solitary strike arrive before the break, making the 12/5 on that scoreline at half-time an enticing punt.

If the deadlock is broken, then that man Sturridge at 3/1 is always going to be top choice since starting the scoring three times already this season.

It could be a long afternoon at Anfield and Saints leaving with a point at 3/1 would be a good covering bet.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.