Saints Look To Have Premier League Safety Secured Ahead Of Liverpool Game
Friday, 13th May 2022 07:45
Southampton's Premier League safety took a big step forward on Wednesday evening when Leeds United lost to Chelsea and Everton could only draw at Watford, without a game this weekend Saints will look for safety to be secured mathematically before they take on Liverpool on Tuesday.
When Leeds United lost to Chelsea on Wednesday evening, it meant that even if they could win their last two games they can only match Saints total of 40 and to overtake us by the end of the final game, they would need to overturn a goal difference of - 18 and that is assuming we don't take another point.
So Saints will hope that they can be mathematically safe without kicking a ball after Sunday's Premier League fixture list is completed.
All eyes will be on Leeds home game against Brighton, a failure to win that will mean that they could not catch Saints and we will be safe, it is virtually last chance saloon for the Yorkshire club who go into the game with two key players in Luke Ayling and Daniel James suspended with a sending off apiece across the last two games, plus they will be without other key players.
Brighton are in good form and have built there best ever top flight season on their away forms, what could possibly go wrong ? Well this is Southampton FC we never do things the simple way.
But there are other crucial games being played, Everton are at home to Brentford, they have three games left including this one and are 4 points behind us, even if they were to lose this one, they could still potentially overhaul us with two wins in their final games.
Likewise Burnley have three games left and start the weekend 6 points behind us, they travel to Spurs and a defeat there would leave them only able to match us, they are currently +3 goals better off, so i rarely say this, but come on you Spurs.
But there is a game at the top of the table that could have a bearing on our game against Liverpool, Manchester City travel to West Ham United, if they were to win that they would be six points clear of Liverpool and that would leave the Merseyside club with a dilemma at St Mary's.
As it stands now, City are 7 goals better off in goal difference than Liverpool, if they win that could extend.
That is a big gap to make up, so do Liverpool put out their best side and go for it or do they concede defeat and concentrate their efforts on the Champions league final on 28th May.
If Manchester City were to lose at West Ham, that could be bad for us, as it would give Liverpool a chance they didn't expect, level on points with a game to go, they would surely go for it at St Mary's to bring down the goal difference and give them a fighting chance of outscoring City on the final Sunday.
So even though we aren't playing this weekend, we will have a keen interest is several games being played on Sunday, but the main one if Leeds United V Brighton, as I said if Leeds fail to win it won't mean they are relegated, but it will mean that they can't catch Saints so we definitely can't be.
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