In this match, we will have a clash between two similar teams who will both play to win.
They are only separated by 3 points, with the hosts having 5 points while Southampton has 8 points, but that doesn’t tell us the full story.
Stoke City: After their draw against Man Utd, they were trounced at home, thanks to the injuries they have, which shows us how affected they were by the absences on their defence.
This Stoke won at home against Arsenal and they have also played against United and Chelsea as well, which means they faced 3 title contenders on the 6 matches they’ve played.
That’s why they are in such a poor position on the league table, having had some nice performances but not being able to get the results their fans and board were hoping for.
With 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses and a goal record of 5 goals scored and 10 goals conceded, with 3 of those 5 goals were against United, who only conceded in Stoke-on-Trent, and Arsenal.
At home they’ve conceded 6 goals, 4 from Chelsea and 2 from United, however, they have a shaky defence now, due to some absences.
Mark Hughes still has some missing players to deal with, especially on the team’s defensive line with Martins Indi, Shawcross and some others being injured.
Wimmer and Cameron are also doubtful which leaves them with an improvised defensive line, despite the return of Kurt Zouma.
Southampton has a great chance to overcome their inability to score goals away from home, only having Targett absent.
They will attack Stoke’s weaker defence and they might even get a goal, which would match the amount they scored so far.
Mauricio Pellegrino, with Austin, Gabbiadini and Shane Long, has a great chance of scoring.
This season, they haven’t conceded away from home, but they only faced Palace and Huddersfield, who don’t have the same offensive ability as Stoke.
Without any important absence and against a patched defence, I see the visitors playing to win here.
Stoke vs Southampton – Betting Tip and Prediction:
With two teams playing to win, and with similar quality, I have to go with both teams to score here.
This hosts’ defence doesn’t look solid enough to keep a clean sheet defensively.
On the other hand, I also don’t see Southampton being able to keep their clean record of 0 goals conceded against Stoke.
Away from home, they’ve only beaten Palace and it ended 1-0.
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