Sport Southampton v Stoke: Predicting the Saints

21:06  19 may  2017
21:06  19 may  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Southampton in 2016/17 - Statistical Review

  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.

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.

Southampton in 2016/17 - Statistical Review

  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.

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 vs Manchester United - Last time out .
Manchester United face Southampton tomorrow evening at St Mary’s. The last time United faced the Saints was at Wembley Stadium in the final of the EFL Cup. Southampton were very unfortunate not to get a result on the day and a couple of decisions went against Claude Puel’s side that might have cost them on the day. Manchester United just had too much quality and were able to take the few chances they had. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a thorn in Southampton’s side is currently injured and won’t be able to play against Southampton on Wednesday night. The Swedish striker’s two well-taken goals either side of a Jesse Lingard strike saw Saints falter in the final, with a fightback proving to be insufficient. Southampton at Wembley were very unfortunate as I said, but in recent times we haven’t seen the Southampton from the game at Wembley. Southampton were in really good form and Manolo Gabbiadini was banging them in for fun, but it’s all gone downhill recently. The Italian notched Saints’ two goals in 3-2 loss and was on fire, but he’s since lacked service. The performances have been poor and the fans are getting seemingly frustrated with manager Claude Puel.

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