Southampton vs Stoke – Premier League
Sunday 21st May 15:00, St. Mary’s
Match Preview and Betting Tips
The Saints will be hoping to keep hold of 8th place on the final day, and only a victory against Stoke City will guarantee that. Leicester, Bournemouth, and West Brom are all in contention for 8th place along with Southampton, with the Baggies and the Cherries just a single point behind the Saints.
Stoke could themselves move up three places with a win, but would need results elsewhere to go in their favour. Even though we have no relegation battles or title deciders on the final day of the season, there are mini battles with multiple places at stake, and to those mid table sides the price money alone is worth the fight.
Both of these teams are in fairly poor form though, with just one win each from their last six matches. The pair have both lacked a natural goalscorer this season, so in one respect they have done very well to have competed for a top half finish, but investment will be needed if either are to challenge the likes of Everton for a Europa League spot next time around.
With that in mind I’m backing this game to end in a draw and for under 2.5 goals to be scored in the process. It doesn’t have the hallmark of a classic, but I’ve been wrong about these games before. I’ve picked out two combative midfielders, Romeu and Allen, to go into the referee’s book tomorrow as both like a challenge and are due a yellow card.
Southampton | LLDDLW
Stoke | LWLDDL
Southampton vs Stoke Stats
Tomorrow marks the 45th meeting between these two clubs, and so far its the Saints who enjoyed this fixture more often than Stoke.
When the two sides locked horns in December for their reverse league fixture, Stoke’s Arnautović was sent-off after just 23 minutes.
That turned out to be the major talking point in an otherwise dull game which finished goalless, with Stoke the happier of the two sides to have earned a points despite having 10-men for the majority of the 90 minutes.
Southampton have W21-D11-L12 against Stoke
Goals Scored: Southampton 73 | Stoke 58
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