Our football match prediction:
Saturday’s football game at St. Mary’s Stadium pits together Southampton and Liverpool. The Saints aim to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Hull City, while Liverpool will be looking to extend their winning run in the Premier League to four games. The Reds produced a thrilling performance in a 6-1 win over Watford and thanks to the triumph Jurgen Klopp’s troops climbed to top position in the Premier League standings. Southampton, though, are tough to beat at home and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the league leaders this time out. In their last meeting at St. Mary’s Stadium Southampton emerged triumphant, but we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils on day 12 of the new Premier League campaign. Philippe Coutinho has been in a splendid form of late, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years. During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby. The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title. Liverpool won their last Champions League trophy in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched five European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.