Sport Southampton v Stoke: Predicting the Saints

21:06  19 may  2017
21:06  19 may  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Southampton vs Stoke City - Last time out

  Southampton vs Stoke City - Last time out The last time Stoke City faced Southampton was back in early December, and a rather dull game finished with the honours even at 0-0. Neither side could create nor finish many chances, and five months down the line not much has changed for both sides. Southampton are without a goal in five home matches and will look to change that this Sunday. Stoke away on a cold Wednesday night is never an attractive fixture. Stoke, as they often do, sat back and let Southampton have majority of the possession. Claude Puel seemed to be really frustrated on the bench and had a right to be, as his Southampton side struggled to break down a well drilled Stoke defence that only had ten men after Marko Arnautovic was sent off for a lunge on Sofiane Boufal. Prior to this fixture back before the turn of the year, only a point separated the sides. However, there is now a five-point gap between them both. Back in December both sides were fighting for who would take eighth place in the table but now, with only one game left to play, the table is pretty much as it will finish, with only a couple of teams likely to be changing positions.

This is our prediction of Southampton at Stoke City on Sunday 21 st May 2017 at 15:00 at Gamcast.com Graphs, match form, betting odds and the Gamcast winning predictive software. Predicted Score: 2 - 0. Likelihood of Southampton win 47%.

Southampton v Stoke City Betting Tips Explained. Given the recent form of Southampton and Stoke , it is fair to say that we can expect a low-key and low-scoring contest at St . Mary’s. The Saints ’ 2-1 victory over already relegated Middlesbrough last weekend thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond

Middlesbrough v Southampton - Premier League © Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport Middlesbrough v Southampton - Premier League

Southampton host Stoke City in their final Premier League match on the 2016/17 season on Sunday.

A win for the Saints will ensure an eighth-placed position for club, which would be a fourth straight top ten finish in the league.

This would represent a superb accomplishment for the club, given the sheer amount of top players sold every summer.

Despite selling the likes of Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama, Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin over the years, Southampton have managed to consistently perform at the top of the Premier League and cement their place as one of the best sides outside the top six.

Wasteful Saints ousted by Stoke on final day

  Wasteful Saints ousted by Stoke on final day Southampton’s poor finishing let them down again as heroics from goalkeeper Jack Butland helped The Potters grab a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s, in what could be Claude Puel’s final game in charge. An extremely lacklustre Saints dominated possession for large periods of the game, but spurned several key chances in front of a frustrated Southampton crowd, continuing their diabolical scoring form on home soil. The best chance fell to Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half, who when through one-on-one, failed to convert from eight yards out despite Butland slipping on his way out to close down the Italian. Nathan Redmond came close, seeing his audacious lob hit the top of the crossbar after he had caught Butland in possession 35 yards from goal. James Ward-Prowse also had a good chance, but a superb double save from Jack Butland kept Claude Puel’s men at bay. Stoke City had their chances, with Mame Biram Diouf testing Fraser Forster in the opening minute and Joe Allen lashed a shot over the bar in the second half. Cedric was on hand to clear a looping header from Diouf off the line on the stroke of half time. The decisive moment came on the hour mark, when Peter Crouch met a Geoff Cameron cross that Forster failed to collect, and powered a header back across goal into the corner, sending the travelling contingent into raptures. Southampton played with a slow tempo throughout the game, showing no signs of urgency even when they were a goal down.

Saints have scored the most headed goals in the top flight this season (6). Jamie Redknapp joins Ed Chamberlin to preview Saturday's games, including Southampton v Stoke . I see them continuing their form here at St Mary's. PAUL PREDICTS : 2-0 (11/2 with Sky Bet).

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However, everything is not rosy at the club and there have been reports claiming that manager Claude Puel will lose his job this summer.

Puel could finish the season on Sunday having led Southampton to a top-ten finish and a League Cup final, but his negative tactics and slow style of play has displeased the Saints faithful.

Back to the matter at hand, here is how we think Puel will line his side up on Sunday…

Southampton in 2016/17 - Statistical Review .
Southampton finished up in eighth place with a defeat against Stoke City ending the season in a rather disappointing fashion. Opinion among the fan-base has been split regarding a number of issues at the club this season, with Claude Puel being the subject of much debate throughout the course of the campaign. So, let’s have a look at some facts. Here is a statistical review of Saints’ 2016/17 season. Southampton made good use of young blood this season, boasting the second youngest team in the whole Premier League, bettered only by Tottenham. Saints’ most common line-up’s average age was 26. Southampton have the fourth worst record at home in the Premier League this season, and would have finished 17th if the table was based solely on home games. Saints scored 17 home goals in their 19 games at St Mary’s Stadium, failing to score in their last five on their own turf for the first time ever in the club’s history in the top flight. 46 points would have had Saints no higher than tenth in all of their previous seasons. Saints have conceded more this season (48) than they have in any campaign since their return to the Premier League, yet managed to keep 14 top flight clean sheets. Nathan Redmond finished the season as Saints’ top Premier League goal scorer with seven to his name. Southampton made more crosses (948) than any other team in the league this season. Saints failed to score a Premier League goal from a counter-attack in the whole season.

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