Michael Owen confidently picks winner between Southampton and Liverpool

Former Liverpool striker confident the Reds will see off the Saints.

Adam Lallana faces his former club when Southampton host Liverpool this Sunday.

Former Reds striker Michael Owen is confident the midfielder will be on the winning side as he prepares to face them for the first time, having missed the meeting earlier in the season between the two sides through injury.

Owen wrote in his BetVictor predictions column: "The Saints are clinging on to that final Champions League spot but Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine and expect them to have too much for the hosts.

"Saints (5/2) and Liverpool (4/1) are both in the mix for a top four finish but it is Liverpool I see being in the stronger position come Sunday evening."

Southampton are the season's surprise package, despite selling players like Lallana, they are outperforming last season, while Liverpool have taken a backwards step from challenging for the title.

The Reds have improved in recent weeks, kicking on and re-entering the chase for a top four place. The return of Daniel Sturridge is a huge boost for them and he is expected to feature this weekend.

Southampton have the fifth best home record in the Premier League across the whole season, but have on just two of their last six games at St Mary's.

Liverpool meanwhile have the sixth best away record and have won four and lost one of their last six matches on the road.

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