Southampton are flying high. They are fifth in the league, unbeaten in their last seven games and have one of the meanest defences in Europe. OK so Southampton might be voted the fourth crappest town in the UK, but that doesn’t seem to have had any effect Artur Boruc’s performances between the sticks.
Rickie Lambert’s rise from inhumane working hours in a beetroot factory to Premier League super-stardom obviously gets plenty of coverage, but it’s at the back were the Saints have been most effective this season.
Mauricio Pochettino has made the South Coast side a well-organised defensive unit, and consequently they have conceded just three goals in their opening nine Premier League matches. Compare that to last season where they shipped an incredible 26 goals in their opening nine games, and made the Titanic look watertight.
Plenty of eagle-eyed punters have already cottoned on to Southampton’s impressive defence and never one to miss a bandwagon, we’re jumping on board.
- If you’d stuck a tenner on Southampton to win every game so far this season, you would be up £48, courtesy of Saints’ five victories this campaign.
- However if you’d backed them to keep a clean sheet every week, you’d be able to show off a profit of £90.
- Or, if you’d backed Southampton to win to nil every week, you’d be up £141 with Paddy Power.
That’ll give your wallet a healthy boost with the sound of Cliff Richard drifting through the shopping centres, the scent of roasted chestnuts in the air, and the Coca Cola polar bear threatening to appear during every ad break.
This weekend Southampton can continue that good form against a Stoke side who have scored just twice in four games at home this season – both against Crystal Palace. In their three games at the Britannia since beating Palace, Stoke have mustered just seven shots on target and failed to score once.
Saints are 11/8 to beat Stoke on Saturday afternoon, 13/8 to keep a clean sheet and 13/5 to win to nil.
Crap Towns described Southampton as a ‘cultureless abyss’, but this is the city that gave us musical legend Craig David, and another win to nil on Saturday will put Southampton firmly in our good books.