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Southampton vs Stoke City - Premier League preview and odds


Published on: 20/05/2017

With one win, one defeat and three goalless draws in their last five matches, Southampton have somehow found themselves in pole position to finish as the best-of-the rest in the Premier League. The gap between them and seventh-ranked Everton stands at 15 points, effectively splitting the league in two.

Claude Puel`s men were unlucky not to have beaten Manchester United last time out with United keeper Sergio Romero frustrating their lacklustre strike force. That game marked their fourth blank in the last five matches although they were only defeated once in that spell.

Meanwhile, Stoke City have had a season to forget, failing to improve on last year`s showing while managing to avoid a relegation fight. Last time out, they were hammered 4-1 at home by a rampant Arsenal side, a result that ruled out a fourth-straight ninth-placed ranking for the Potters.

Mark Hughes` men are now certain to finish in the bottom half of the table, somewhere between 11th and 16th depending on this weekend`s results. With each place worth millions, the club`s owners will no doubt be hoping for a spirited display this weekend. However, their only victory in the last 10 matches came against relegated side Hull City just over a month ago.รง

Team news

Southampton:

Injured - Virgil van Dijk (ankle sprain), Alex McCarthy (hamstring strain).

Stoke City:

Injured - Marko Arnautovic (arm), Ibrahim Afellay, Stephen Ireland (double leg fracture).

Recent form (League)

Southampton: DWLDD

Stoke City: LDDLW

Betting odds and tips

Stoke City failed to score in seven of their last eight away games and the Sainst have struggled for goals in recent weeks so a high goal count should not be expected here.

You can back Under 2.5 Goals at 43/40 with Bet365.

By Neil Morris

Southampton v Stoke Live Betting Odds - England Premier League

Home Win
13/20
Draw
16/5
Away Win
9/2

Published on: 20/05/2017

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (20/05/2017 13:35:27) but are subject to change.