Southampton vs Sunderland
|Date & Time||Saturday November 7, 2015, 10:00 AM (EST)|
The Line: Sunderland 4/1 Draw 3/1 Southampton 3/4
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Southampton travel north to take on Sunderland at the Stadium of light, the Saints are in fine form unbeaten in their last seven with five wins over that span. Ronald Koeman's side are one of the inform teams in the league and have really recovered from a terrible start to the year. With a strong midfield and offence this is a Southampton team that will push for European football and very possibly a Champions League place. Pelle, Tadic and Mane provide a trio of attacking talent that is among the best in the league right now, with Shane Lone back in training the Saints have a strike force to envy right now and one that will fancy their chances tomorrow when they travel to take on a Sunderland team that have been terrible defensively in fact they have the worst defensive record in the league right now conceding 25 goals.
Sunderland followed up their derby success over Newcastle with a 6-2 hammering at Everton. Sam Allardyce knows that he has a huge job on his hands here as Sunderland are just struggling to put any type of performance together.There is talent in this side with Rodwell, Larsson, Johnson, Defoe and Fletcher all capable of being game changers on their day but defensively they have been terrible and this is a problem that Allardyce needs to address immediately. Injuries to John O'Shea and Kaboul hasnt helped and both are likely to miss out on Saturday's game as well.
Given the defensive struggles os Sunderland I think the overs have to be the play here. Southampton are exciting going forward and with such a strong team I think they will put Sunderland to the sword here. Sunderland have conceded on average 2.5 goals per game and that type of record is relegation form, the black cats need to start turning things around and soon but I think Saturday will not be the start of that turn around.