Kicking off: 1500, October 16, 2021
Southampton and Leeds are both too close to the Premier League relegation zone to be comfortable at this point and a close fight could be foreseen.
Saints have drawn two of their three home games so far, while United have shared the booty of a trio of road trips twice.
All of this tells us to take 5/2 for a stalemate at St Marys as our first Southampton prediction against Leeds.
A look at Southampton’s betting odds
Southampton have actually drawn four straight league games before suffering consecutive defeats before the international break.
The 1-0 loss to Wolves was a tough blow, but Ralph Hasenhuttl will not have been too discouraged by her performance in the 3-1 deficit at Chelsea.
James Ward-Prowse made up for Trevoh Chalobah’s early start with a 61-minute penalty, but his dismissal fifteen minutes later paved the way for the Blues to jump late.
When asked whether he would consider optimizing his high-pressure game plan, Hasenhüttl replied: “Why should we change? I’m not a big fan of parking the bus, not even against big teams.
“The way we press is also a problem for even the largest teams. If we lose, we want to lose with the way we play.
“That’s how I want to see my teams play. We were about to get a surprise point and it’s a shame we didn’t. “
Their closest opponents like to be positive too, so 31/10 for a tie is well worth the added risk due to the Southampton vs. Leeds odds.
List of the last saints: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tella, Armstrong, Walcott.
A look at Leeds United betting odds
Leeds enjoyed the fourteen-day hiatus after beating Watford 1-0 to celebrate their first first division triumph of the season.
Diego Llorente marked his return from injury by converting from close range from a corner in the 18th minute.
United dominated from start to finish and should have won by a much larger margin as they were two points above Southampton and three points from the drop zone.
“Of course I feel relieved,” said Marcelo Bielsa. “Three points out of a possible 18 was something to worry about regardless of what we earned or not. Winning here was a necessity. “
Several Leeds players caught the eye, including Dan James, who scored against the Czech Republic on the day of the Wales submission deadline.
“Every time he plays he plays better than the previous game,” added Bielsa. “He shows resources and qualities that we know he has, and he will be an important, special contribution to the team.”
Saints can be vulnerable at break so 9/2 for James to score United’s opening goal is added to our Southampton vs. Leeds betting tips.
Last line-up in Leeds: Meslier, Firpo, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, James, Phillips, Klich, Shackleton, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
Chelsea 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON-James Ward-Prowse (pen)
LEEDS 1-0 Watford – Diego Llorente
Head to head: Southampton 0-2 Leeds, Leeds 3-0 Southampton
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