FC Liverpool must overturn a 1-0 deficit at Anfield Road on Wednesday if they want to advance to the EFL Cup final after Southampton claimed a narrow victory in the first leg at St Mary’s Stadium. Anything is still possible in the second leg but Liverpool can rely on the support of their fans which makes them the favourites in the betting tip. The match will kick off at 9pm at Anfield Road.
Liverpool find themselves in a mini slump but they want to prove their home strength again
FC Liverpool currently sit in third place in the Premier League with 45 points from 22 games, just one point behind Tottenham and seven points behind league leaders Chelsea. After seven matches without a defeat the team of coach Juergen Klopp slipped to a 3-2 home loss to Swansea City on Saturday. The first half was scoreless but an enthralling second half saw five goals and was packed full of defensive clangers. Klopp is confident that the Reds can end their mini-slump against Southampton in the EFL Cup even though they narrowly lost the first leg 1-0 in a tight, hard-fought match. The Reds have the home advantage and will give everything to turn that deficit around at Anfield as they have lost only once this season in front of their fans in all competitions. Klopp should be able to field a full-strength squad with the exception of Sadio Mane who has already scored nine league goals and will miss the match because of international commitments with Senegal at the Africa Cup. Ings is still sidelined due to an injury.
Southampton are struggling in away games – outsiders in the odds comparison
Southampton’s previous four league games had all ended in defeats and now they find themselves in 13th place in the table, eight points above the relegation zone and 17 points behind the international places. Southampton showed a great performance in their 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg with Nathan Redmond scoring the only goal of the game in the 20th minute as the tactics of coach Claude Puel worked perfectly at St Mary’s. Puel’s side now need to defend their advantage in order to reach the final but missed chances prove costly in the end. Everybody knows that they are not the best away side with only two wins in their eleven away games in the Premier League this season. Moreover, Southampton have a long injury list with Pied, Targett, Mc Carthy, Austin and Boufal all missing the match against Liverpool.
Betting tip for Liverpool versus Southampton
FC Liverpool have a strong home side and can rely on their fans with odds between 1.45 and 1.63. Southampton are not without chances but travel to Anfield Road as outsiders with odds ranging from 5.30 to 7.00, including a value profit of 14.29% in the best odds of 7.00, which makes a bet very attractive. A draw, as happened in two of their last nine meetings in the Premier League, is likely and will pay out odds between 3.75 and 4.29. Our tip: Liverpool have not won in three league games but they are strong in home games, while Southampton are weak in away games. The Reds have a lot more individual quality in their squad and Klopp is a motivator, his enthusiasm transmits itself to the fans as well as players. For that reason, we expect a Liverpool home win over Southampton at best odds of 1.63.