In what is being labelled as a December six-pointer, relegation scrappers Southampton and Norwich will meet at St. Mary’s on Wednesday night with both sides looking to find a route out of the drop zone.
Showing some real resolve to mount a dramatic late comeback and snatch a 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday evening, the Saints also grabbed a point away at the Emirates last month and it appears that the mood in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s camp could be on the rise.
On the flip side, playing out there own 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, Norwich are another side who appear to be showing some much-needed signs of life.
Also enjoying their own two-match unbeaten run after snatching three points at Goodison Park in their last appearance away from East Anglia, the Canneries should travel to St. Mary’s with a new-found confidence.
You might be interested to know, that with eight of the previous 10 combined Premier League matches between the two sides seeing both teams find the net at full-time, a similar outcome can be found at 8/13 with Paddy Power.
Danny Ings continues to shine
Showing some real resolve and bagging two second-half strikes to snatch three points off of Watford over the weekend, it appears that the pressure is starting to come off of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s shoulders.
With many across England also feeling that the Saints were drastically unlucky to have not picked up a victory at the Emirates last month, Southampton now have their sights firmly set on mounting a charge for Premier League safety.
Wednesday’s hosts are currently priced as low as 4/11 with William Hill to extend their top-flight status come May.
Unsurprisingly, one man to keep an eye out for on Wednesday and has continued to enjoy what has been a scintillating purple patch is leading marksman, Danny Ings.
Once again finding the net against Watford over the weekend, the former Liverpool striker has bagged three goals in as many Premier League appearances.
Even more impressive, the 27-year-old has bagged eight goals in his last nine matches across all competitions and Ings can be found pencilled in at 6/5 with Ladbrokes to once again find the net at St. Mary’s in midweek.
The Canneries on the rise?
Although Norwich would have been rightfully upset to have only landed a point against Arsenal over the weekend, Head Coach Daniel Farke was quick to praise his side’s performance at Carrow Road.
Also surprising many across the country by picking up a 2-0 win away at Everton last month, their first victory outside of East Anglia since making their Premier League return, it appears the Canneries are a side on the rise.
However, while Norwich might remain within touching distance of landing a route out of the drop zone, they still remain a huge favourite with the bookmakers to land an immediate Championship return.
Norwich are priced as high as 13/5 with Coral to finish outside of the bottom-three come May.
While Southampton have one attacking talisman enjoying an extended purple patch, there is no doubt that Wednesday’s traveling support will be excited by the on-going success of playmaker, Tom Cantwell.
Bagging strikes in back-to-back appearances for the first time in his career, the 21-year-old is quickly gaining a long list of admirers and can be found at 3/1 with Bet365 to extend on his tally in midweek.