Southampton v Leeds betting tips: Bielsa’s boys like second-half goals
Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League clash
Both of these teams have played better than their results suggest and they meet in the Premier League on Saturday so we look at the odds to find some Southampton v Leeds betting tips.
Leeds earned their first win of the season when downing Watford 1-0 at Elland Road last time, while Southampton were beaten 3-1 at Chelsea.
Saturday’s match, which takes place at St Mary’s, kicks off at 3pm.
Southampton v Leeds match odds
Following two goalless draws against West Ham and Manchester City, Southampton lost their next two – 1-0 at home to Wolves and 3-1 at Chelsea. They sit fourth from bottom with four points from seven games.
They remain winless in the Premier League this season (D4 L3) – the only campaign in their history in which they failed to win any of their opening eight league games was 1998-99, when they avoided relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the season. They are currently 3/1 in the Premier League relegation odds.
Saints must also do without England’s James Ward-Prowse, who picked up a red card against Chelsea. The midfielder had appeared in 102 consecutive Premier League games for Saints before this.
Southampton, who are 29/10 to win, have scored just five times this term, but along with Crystal Palace they have picked up the most number of draws this term (four), The draw may be a popular pick at odds of 5/2 in Southampton v Leeds betting tips.
Leeds’ last two away league games both ended 1-1 against Burnley and Newcastle, as many draws as they’d had in their previous 52 top-flight away games combined.
Following their win over Watford last time, Leeds sit a place above Saints in 16th position with six points from seven games, and are 9/5 to win at St Mary’s.
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Southampton v Leeds head-to-head
Having won five of their six league meetings with Leeds between 2006 and 2012, Southampton lost both of their games against the Whites in the Premier League last season.
In fact, Leeds have won more games against Southampton (14) than any other side in the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are 4/7 to win or draw the game on the Double Chance market in the Southampton v Leeds betting tips.
Leeds have won the last three meetings to nil and it is 5/1 that they do so again.
Games between this pair have usually been a slow burn. No less than 31 of Leeds’ 35 Premier League goals against Southampton have been scored in the second half of games, including each of the last 13 in a row.
It is 11/2 that the game will be a draw at half-time, with Leeds going on to win.
Southampton v Leeds key battles
Leeds need to find their shooting boots, for they have had the fifth-most shots in the league but have managed just seven goals.
Raphinha, who is 5/2 to score at any time, has had more shots (24) and created more chances (14) than any other Leeds player.
Yet Bielsa’s side, entertaining though they may be, are open at the back and it is little wonder that his side have faced more shots on target (43) than any other side this season.
Saints will fancy their chances of scoring and they are evens to score two or more.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication