Returning from the international break and enjoying an extended purple patch at the start of the new campaign, Southampton will be looking to secure South Coast bragging rights when bitter rivals Bournemouth travel to St. Mary’s on Friday night.
Picking up a 1-0 win away at Sheffield United last weekend and extending their unbeaten Premier League matches to three on the bounce, the mood in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s camp continues to soar.
On the flip side, the Saints are not the only side who have been handed the chance to briefly climb up to third on Friday.
Landing a 3-1 win over Everton after the break, the Cherries have bounced back after their consecutive defeats against Manchester City and Leicester and now have their sights set on making a top-half charge.
You will also be interested to know that the last two meetings between the South Coast rivals have ended in a deadlock and a similar stalemate can be found at 13/5 with SkyBet.
Southampton’s unbeaten run continues
Snatching a famous point off of Manchester United at St. Mary’s prior to the international break, Southampton have continued to enjoy their most successful start in recent memory.
Now enjoying a three-match unbeaten run, their longest stretch since February, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has seen his men snatch points off United, Brighton, and Sheffield United.
With the former RB Leipzig boss heaping praise on his sides continued performances on the road last weekend, Southampton have also played themselves into contention to land their first top-flight finish since 2017.
Friday’s hosts are currently pencilled in at 7/4 with Bet365 to secure a top-10 finish come May, only behind Wolves, and West Ham.
One man who has continued to play a huge part in the Saints’ recent purple patch has been summer arrival Moussa Djenepo.
Bagging the winner at Bramall Lane last weekend, the 21-year-old has found the net in two of his last three Premier League appearances and can be found at 9/4 with Ladbrokes to extend that run in his first derby taster.
Bournemouth bounce back
Although back-to-back defeats against Leicester and Manchester City may have had some on the South Coast starting to panic, Eddie Howe’s men really bounced back last weekend.
Putting in a rampant display in their 3-1 win over European contenders Everton at the Vitality on Saturday, Friday’s guests have their own top-half ambitions this time around.
While Howe may have praised his side’s display last weekend, the one-time Burnley boss will be more than aware that his side have remarkably failed to win a matchup away at St. Mary’s.
Bournemouth can be found at 12/5 with Ladbrokes to pick up their first top-flight victory against their bitter rivals since March 2016.
If the Cherries are to secure back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of January, then Howe will be looking for Callum Wilson to extend on his eye-catching run.
Bagging a brace against Everton last weekend, the England international has now scored three goals in his last two top-flight appearances and you will be interested to know that the 27-year-old can be found at 2/1 at Ladbrokes to extend that run on Friday.