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Anfield agony for shot-shy Saints

Anfield agony for shot-shy Saints

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Southampton are the latest team to try to bring Liverpool’s perfect start to the season to an end but Mark Hughes’ side do not have the armoury to trouble the Reds at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal and has strengthened his squad superbly in the last nine months, particularly with the acquisitions of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.

With James Milner playing some of the best football of his career, Liverpool have won five Premier League matches out of five at the start of the season and beaten Paris St-Germain in thrilling fashion in the Champions League. Klopp may decide to rotate his squad for this game though as the domestic and European schedule intensifies.

Shaqiri to score the first goal @ 5/1

In contrast Saints have made a humdrum start to the campaign, once again finding goals hard to come by despite Danny Ings, on loan from Liverpool, looking lively.

They threw away a two-goal lead against Brighton on Monday and look set to endure a long afternoon at Anfield.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Eddie Howe has enjoyed a dream start to the season with Bournemouth but it is often forgotten that he had a disappointing spell at Burnley boss before returning to the Cherries six years ago.

Burnley to beat Bournemouth @ 19/10

The Clarets have made a winless start to their top-flight campaign but can end that run by edging to a narrow victory this weekend.

Manchester City can respond to their shock Champions League loss to Lyon by winning in Wales although Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City team will make it difficult for last season’s champions. Pep Guardiola’s team are 33/4 to win by one goal.

Over 4.5 goals in Fulham v Watford @ 4/1

An attractive game at Craven Cottage appears to be on the cards where Fulham can edge to victory in a high-scoring match against Watford, while Crystal Palace should add to Rafa Benitez’s problems by beating Newcastle United at Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield Town will undoubtedly try to make life difficult for Leicester City at the King Power Stadium but the Foxes can bounce back after last weekend’s capitulation at Bournemouth by coming out on top against David Wagner’s struggling outfit.

Wolves can shock Manchester United by drawing at Old Trafford at 3/1, while Chris Hughton can make life difficult for his former side when his current team Brighton entertain Tottenham. A 1-1 draw for the Seagulls is available at 25/4.

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