Southampton will host Bournemouth in a must-win game at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.
One can assume it is imperative for the Saints to pick up three points in this game if they want to secure their Premier League status.
Coming into this game, Southampton are placed 18th in the league table with 29 points. They are four points adrift of the safety with only four games left to play this season. The Saints have been in terrible form and remain without a league win since the start of February.
The arrival of Mark Hughes hasn’t exactly helped, and he is yet to witness a league win in his short spell. In their last league game, the Saints played a goalless draw at Leicester City. Last weekend, they were involved in FA Cup and lost 2-0 to Chelsea in semi-finals.
However, this game does give them a glimmer of hope as the Cherries have been equally terrible on the road. Bournemouth are without a win in their last four games, and they have lost their last two games, albeit against Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Cherries sit in the 11th spot with 38 points. They haven’t touched the 40-mark, but their current total should be enough to secure their survival.
Earlier this season, both sides played a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture at Vitality Stadium.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Match Facts
The Saints are without a win in their last nine home games in Premier League.
The Cherries have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games in the league.
Bournemouth have managed only one win in their last eleven away games in the league.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Team News
For the hosts, Jack Stephens will return from his ban. Steven Davis is a doubt, and Sofiane Boufal is also not expected to be involved following a falling-out with Hughes.
Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are ruled out for the visitors, and Tyrone Mings is a doubt.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Match Odds
In the betting market, the Saints are favourites to win this game at the best odds of 8/11 at William Hill. However, we are backing a draw as our prediction in this game, and our pick is available at 3/1 odds at BetVictor, and an away win at 17/4 odds.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Correct Score Odds
We have picked a 1-1 draw for our prediction in this market. This outcome is available at the best odds of 7/1 at Bet365.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Southampton striker Charlie Austin is available at his best odds of 13/10 at Bet365. We are backing Austin to score in the game. Shane Long is also a decent option at 15/8 odds at Skybet.
For the visitors, Callum Wilson is available at 45/17 odds at Unibet.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
We expect a low-scoring game in at the South Coast on Saturday. Thus, we are backing under 2.5 goals as our prediction at 23/20 odds at BetVictor.