Stoke City vs Southampton
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 30th September 2017
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Early signs suggest that this could be another disappointing season for Stoke City, despite bringing in a number of promising players in the summer. With 1 win from the first six games, the Potters are sitting close to the relegation zone.
Yet, there are some positive for Mark Hughes as his team held Manchester United to a draw and defeated Arsenal at their home turf. But, last week they lost by a heavy margin to Chelsea 0-4. This suggest that they can’t just depend on home results alone if they are to achieve anything substantial this season.
Stoke are traditionally poor on the road and this season, they are win-less in three with 1 draw and 2 losses.
On the other hand, Southampton are struggling to score goals. But their strong defense came to rescue at numerous occasions this season and helped the team to achieve some positive results so far. Five clean sheets in 6 games so far is commendable, so little tweaks at the front could held them profit better.
The Saints are coming on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Man United at home, still a decent result considering the Red Devils’ free scoring form.
The Saints are coming with an unbeaten away record, with their two matches so far producing a win (1-0 at Crystal Palce) and a draw (0-0 at Huddersfield).
Stoke City vs Southampton: Head-to-head
Stoke City have a better h2h record against Southampton in recent meetings with 3 wins and 1 draw from last 5 meetings, while losing once. However, this is not a fixture that favours the home team.
Only 3 of the 10 Premier League matches between the two resulted in a home win. There has been 3 away wins with the remaining 4 ending in draws.
Stoke won 1 and lost 1 during their 5 home matches in the series, with 3 games ending in stalemates.
Stoke City vs Southampton: Prediction
This fixture is expected to be extremely cagey with both teams searching for some momentum to get a head start in the campaign. Southampton have been largely impressive with their solid defensive displays, while Stoke has been inconsistent despite boasting of an array of talented players.
We can see this game producing few goals and at the moment, Saints look like the most probable candidate to edge a narrow win.
Correct Score Prediction: 0-1 Southampton for 8.00 odds.
Stoke City vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 match goals must be the banker bet here, priced at 1.75 odds.
Full-Time Asian Handicap Southampton (0) for 1.81 odds is the safe option from 1×2 market.
Brave Punters can back a direct Southampton win for 2.55 odds.