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Can Leeds continue their winning start against Southampton?
Southampton 1-1 Leeds
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Southampton, St Mary's StadiumBet Now
Southampton are currently bottom of the Premier League on goal difference, having been comfortably beaten by a strong Spurs team last weekend.
They look short of players and, in truth, short of ideas. It could be a long season for the Saints, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl one of the favourites to be the first to lose his job.
They finished in 15th last season, and it’s hard to see how they’ll better that during this campaign.
Leeds scraped themselves out of a relegation battle last season, winning on the final day to clinch another season in the Premier League.
They’ll need to improve, and showed encouraging signs last weekend in their 2-1 victory over Wolves.
This is set to be a tight game and it’s unlikely to be settled by more than a single goal either way.
Reasons to be cheerful:
First home game of the season could inspire them
Have won four of their last five against Leeds
Reasons to be fearful:
Unsure of where goals will come from
Need new players in several areas
Southampton are a team who could be dragged into a relegation battle this season. If they aren’t careful, and don’t manage to bring in more recruits before the transfer window closes, they could be in for a long, hard season.
They opened the scoring against Spurs last weekend, although they went on to lose 4-1.
It’s unsure of where their goals will come from. Armstrong has two in his 29 appearances for the Saints, while Che Adams could be on his way out of the club.
They also look as though they need defensive recruits, while new midfielder Lavia will need time to settle.
Southampton have a good recent record against Leeds, but it’s hard to see that continuing here.
Star Man – James Ward-Prowse
Their captain is their best player and, at times, the only one who shows real quality in a Saints shirt. His goals, and his set pieces, will be crucial this season.
Reasons to be cheerful
Have shown flashes of improvement under Marsch
Won three of their last five away games last season
Reasons to be fearful
Lost their best player in Raphinha
Poor record against Saints
Leeds have more cause for optimism right now than their opponents, not least than their win over Wolves last weekend.
To kickstart their season with three points is crucial, especially having barely escaped relegation at the end of the last campaign.
Leeds are another who could do with strengthening their squad, particularly after the departure of Raphinha for Barcelona this summer.
However, having key striker Patrick Bamford back from long-term injury is important for Leeds, who will look to improve upon their 17th place finish last season.
Star Man – Patrick Bamford
The English striker has scored in his last three appearances against Southampton. The target man offers Leeds their best chance of staying up again this season.
Possession to be shared evenly
Both teams could settle for a point
Saints will need their fans this season
On the surface, this game has draw written all over it.
Two teams, who managed to escape relegation last season, will do anything to have a more comfortable season this time out.
That’s why a point could suit both teams here – Southampton to get them off the bottom of the table, and Leeds as they already have three points from last weekend.
One goal could settle it, but a draw is the most likely option.
Southampton 1-1 Leeds
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