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Southampton V Bournemouth
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This weekend’s Super Sunday comes live from St Mary’s as Southampton meet Bournemouth in the first ever Premier League meeting between the two south coast rivals. It should be a thrilling spectacle.
November is going to be an extremely important month for both of these clubs and they’ll be equally eager to start it in fitting style here.
Bring it on!
Sadio The Mane Man
After a fairly slow start, Ronald Koeman’s men have gone quietly about their business in recent weeks and will enter this weekend’s derby in particularly high spirits following a six-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. The Saints will surely be looking to their attacking firepower to inspire another crucial win here.
The hosts are blessed with some fantastic talent in the attacking third with Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic both set to cause headaches for the Cherries.
However, the hosts man well look to the in-form Sadio Mane as their main source of goals at St Mary’s. It’s five in five for the Senegal international, and he’ll be eager to prove his worth as he returns from suspension.
Southampton will have to contend with a couple of injuries, but their depth of squad is far greater than Bournemouth’s. That could play a vital role while the home crowd should be up for this contest too.
The Saints have scored at least twice in each of their past five home matches. If that continues here, it could be a great afternoon for the hosts.
Cherries Out For Sweet Success
Eddie Howe’s men are starting to find life difficult in the Premier League, but the Cherries will make the short trip to Southampton with huge amounts of optimism and will be hopeful of causing an upset.
Unfortunately, they enter the clash without a single win in five competitive matches while their only away points came via the 4-3 win at West Ham way back in August. Perhaps most worryingly, though, the visitors have leaked 14 goals in just five matches on the road. If they continue to show those defensive lapses, they could be in real trouble.
The Cherries have been unlucky, though, and are still without the trio of Max Gradel, Calum Wislon and Tyrone Mings. The absence of those three stars, especially top scorer Wilson, is a major cause for concern. However, this is a tightknit group, and they shouldn’t be rule out altogether.
It hasn’t been the most enjoyable month or so for Cherries, but a win at St Mary’s would be their sweetest afternoon of the season. Expect them to give it their all.
Southampton V Bournemouth Betting
Unsurprisingly, the Saints enter this clash as the odds-on favourites at 11/20 with Bet365. Bournemouth, however, can be backed at 11/2 while the draw is priced 10/3.
While Bournemouth’s grit and determination should be applauded, the gulf in quality should shine through at St Mary’s. If Southampton start well, it could be a very one-sided affair.
The Saints have got plenty of firepower while the Cherries cannot seem to defend on the road. This could be a recipe for several Southampton goals, which is exactly where we are putting our money.[quote_center]Southampton to score over 2.5 goals @ 2/1 with Betfred[/quote_center]
With this in mind, we’re also backing Sadio Mane to continue his recent purple patch by finding the target once more.
Odds of 5/1 on the first goal were tempting, but the fact Southampton could score several means that the value is with the anytime goalscorer. He’s found the net in four of his last five matches, let’s hope he can do it again here.[quote_center]Sadio Mane to score anytime @ 17/11 with 888sport[/quote_center]