Southampton vs. Liverpool: Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Southampton entertain Liverpool in the first leg of their Capital One Cup Semi-Final on Wednesday evening.

The Saints have struggled in recent weeks and were held to a draw by Championship side Norwich City in the FA Cup.

Liverpool also require a replay after their young side could only manage a goalless draw with League Two Plymouth.

Southampton’s stand out result on route to the semi-final was a 2-0 success away at Arsenal.

Liverpool have beaten Burton, Derby, Tottenham and Leeds United on route to the last four of the competition.

Enhanced match odds

Southampton 11/1 or Liverpool 7/1 with 888 Sport*

Liverpool to beat Southampton: 12/1 with Paddy Power*

Form guide: Southampton W0 D2 L3; Liverpool W3 D2 L0
Competition top scorers
Southampton – Five players on 1 goal
Liverpool – Daniel Sturridge 4 goals

Match history
The league meeting between the two earlier in the season finished goalless in a match of very few chances.

The two teams met in the Capital One Cup last season, with Liverpool winning 6-1 at St. Mary’s!

Last five meetings (Premier League unless state)
Southampton 0 Liverpool 0 – 19/11/16
Southampton 3 Liverpool 2 – 20/03/16
Southampton 1 Liverpool 6 (Capital One Cup) – 02/12/15
Liverpool 1 Southampton 1 – 25/10/15
Southampton 0 Liverpool 2 – 22/02/15

Southampton HT / Draw FT – 15/1 with Betfair

Team news
Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request at Southampton and hasn’t been named in the squad for Wednesday’s tie.

They will also be without numerous injured key players, including Charlie Austin, Sofiane Boufal and Jeremy Pied.

Sadio Mane has travelled to the African Cup of Nations and will miss the tie against his former side.

Jordan Henderson remains out, meaning the youngster Ovie Ejaria could be given a chance.

Expected starting XI’s
Southampton (4-3-3): Forster; Soares, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Hojbjerg, Romeu, Davis; Redmond, Long, Tadic
Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Wijnaldum, Can, Ejaria; Lallana, Sturridge, Firmino

Predictions

Result: Draw (5/2 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Roberto Firmino (11/4 with 888 Sport)

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