Southampton’s last outing at St Mary’s ended in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham United and this result means that the Saints have failed to register a single victory on home soil since beating Leicester City 3-0 in January.
South-coast neighbours Bournemouth will provide the opposition on Saturday evening with the Cherries managing to put a sizeable gap between themselves and the relegation zone thanks to some decent results over the past month or so. They ended a four-game losing run to hold Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and followed this with victories over West Ham United and Swansea City. Can they make it three on the bounce at Southampton?
Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini will play no part in this match due to a groin injury and this will doubtless be a boost to the visitors, however Southampton are far from a one-man team and we believe that they will possess the edge over their local rivals, especially in front of their vocal home support. Bournemouth have collected just two Premier League wins away from home since the start of the season with a mere four points from their last eight games on the road, however they have only drawn one blank in their previous nine matches on the road and we believe that they will find a way through a Saints defence which are far from solid with just a solitary clean sheet in seven outings.
This won’t be sufficient for the visitors to manage any points however and with a Saints win and both teams to score looking a likely outcome on Saturday evening, we’ll also be expecting a few goals along the way. Of Southampton’s last nine matches, there have been at least three goals scored in all-but-one, whilst this has been the case with thirteen of Bournemouth’s last eighteen matches in the Premier League. This screams goals-galore and we have no hesitation in going for Over 3.5 goals at 2/1 with BetVictor.