Mar 16, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Southampton
3-1
Liverpool
Schneiderlin (6'), Rodriguez (80'), Lambert (33')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Coutinho (45')
Suárez (90')

Preview: Southampton vs. Liverpool

Preview: Southampton vs. Liverpool
© PA Photos
Sports Mole looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League clash between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's.

The top half of the Premier League table meets the bottom half as Liverpool travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton for three crucial points.

The Reds can stretch their unbeaten run in the league to four following their late 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.

The Merseyside outfit are seven points adrift of a Champions League spot having played one game more than their rivals, but a sixth-place finish, which would ensure Europa League football, is on the cards.

In contrast, the Saints are just four points away from getting relegated back to the Championship with nine games left to play in the campaign.

Liverpool haven't visited St Mary's since 2005, when they lost 2-0, but they were able to secure a slender 1-0 win over the Saints at Anfield in December.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to opt for Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert to provide goal threat up front, while Reds manager Brendan Rodgers should welcome back goalkeeper Pepe Reina from injury.

Recent form

Southampton: DLLWD

Liverpool: WWWLD

Possible starting lineups

Southampton: Boruc; Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Rodriguez; Cork, Ramirez, Lallana; Lambert

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard; Downing, Coutinho, Suarez; Sturridge

Sports Mole says: 1-2

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