Premier League heats up as it enters week 2, so join us as we research the factors that will influence the outcome of the Southampton vs. West Brom game this Saturday, and try to find the most valuable betting picks on the soccer odds listings.
All the doom and gloom about Southampton’s season was a little unfounded. They gave Liverpool a run for their money in the opener at Anfield. Ultimately the record shows they lost, and now they turn their attention to St Mary’s and what they will see as a winnable game.
The problem is, even under Mauricio Pochettino their home form was only slightly better than their away form, in fact I’d say their 26 point haul on their travels was the key reason for their excellent league position last season.
Ronald Koeman must have been happy even in defeat, I was particularly impressed by Dusan Tadic and see him giving lesser teams than Liverpool even more bother. Graziano Pelle didn’t look as assured, but I maintain that managers shouldn’t make mistakes with players they have worked with before and I think he will get goals.
Despite losing players this summer, a midfield of Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Steven Davis looks solid, with plenty of ability in the final third. Schneiderlin may be a good shout for a goal, with the transfer window slowly closing, his dreams of a big move like his former team-mates is slipping away, so this is a real shop window for him.
West Brom opened up with a 2-2 draw against Sunderland and if they don’t get defenders back, they could conceded another two this time. Joleon Lescott hasn’t trained this week and with Gareth McAuley out, it was left to Craig Dawson and Martin Olsson at centre-back. Alan Irvine has suggested McAuley may be fit enough to play on the South coast and that would be a major positive for the Baggies.
For me West Brom are a bit top heavy on wide players with Chris Brunt, Graham Dorrans, Stephan Sessegnon and James Morrison all very capable Premier League players with a goal in them, if only they could make one of them into a quality central midfielder to protect that back line a bit more. I see them using attack as the best form of defence again here, last season they drew more games away from home than any other team apart from Everton, both chalked up six stalemates, they also only kept three clean sheets on their travels.
I can see another high scoring draw here. If you like a correct score, small stakes on the soccer odds for a 2-2 draw would interest me, but for the more cautious over 3.5 goals or the draw and over 2.5 would be the best soccer picks for me.
With plenty of goals expected, I’d look at Tadic and Schneiderlin for the Saints and of course after such a good start for Saido Berahino, grabbing both goals at the Hawthorns, there’s no reason not to back him for a goal in this match.