England Premier League
Tuesday 11th January 2022
Kick off at 7:45pm GMT
Venue: St Mary's Stadium
Southampton will take on Brentford in Tuesday’s rearranged game because of the pandemic which swept the league and caused a plethora of postponements up and down the country last month.
The Saints has a real scare in the FA Cup third round at the weekend at Swansea with the game finishing 1-1 at 90 minutes but the Premier League side turned on the style in extra time and finally won a thrilling contest 3-2 to move into the fourth round.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested this week that new players coming into the Premier League shouldn’t be able to play in rearranged fixtures from last month and perhaps he has a valid point but his point of view looks like it will fall on deaf ears. As it stands Southampton are fighting for every point they can get and have not had a memorable season so far but in 14th place they are at least 10 points above the relegation zone.
Form has been solid if not spectacular from Southampton with just 1 defeat in their last five games but also only one win. Their last league game finished in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham and that would have been seen as a great point for the club who were not only playing a team in good form but were playing with 10 men too after Mohammed Salisu was sent off in the first half of that game.
Brentford are in 12th place and just two points ahead of their hosts so we are playing for position in this duel. The Bees reached the fourth round of the FA Cup after easily beating Port Vale away from home winning that game 4-1. The goals really rained in the second half of that game with the encounter evenly poised at half time with just a one goal lead for the Premier League side.
The Bees form has been mixed with two defeats from their last three games although they were able to win their last game as they overcame Aston Villa beating Steven Gerrard’s side 2-1 at home. It is these type of results that are more or less confirming that the Bees will survive this season and do so with weeks to spare in what has been by their objectives a great campaign.
Southampton: Moussa Djenpro is on international duty. Kyle Walker-Peters and Thierry Small will be assessed after having had Covid-19 and remain doubts. Alex McCarthy is only 50/50 to return after his hamstring injury. William Smallbone is still a doubt with his calf injury.
Brentford: Frank Onyeka is on international duty. Rico Henry is out with his hamstring but reports suggest he could be back for this coming weekend. Zanka has recovered from injury but is a major doubt for this game because of a lack of match fitness. David Raya Martin and Josh Da Silva are still long term injuries.
Southampton vs Brentford Head to Head:
The last time the clubs played each other was in the Carabao Cup in 2020 when Brentford won 2-0.
Southampton have failed to beat Brentford when at home for four games in a row and we would have to go back to 1997 for their last victory.
There is a 60% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Southampton vs Brentford Prediction:
Brentford have won two games in a row in all competitions and have scored six goals in that time and it is fair to say that the club are enjoying their football. They are a team of course who are susceptible to going on a poor run but why should they currently, they have a lot of confidence and are showing no fear. They will have an understanding now that they will likely not be one of the teams to go down either, which means they remain a threat to any side on their day.
Southampton have the pressure in this game because they are an established Premier League side and playing at home and fans will expect to see a win. But the Saints were in a tough FA Cup game at the weekend even if there were some changes and history points to them struggling against the Bees when at home. This could be a close encounter, granted, but we will back for value the away side to get at least a point, there is really very little between the teams.
Southampton vs Brentford Betting Tips:
Asian handicap (+0.5 Brentford) at 1.87
Both teams to score (Yes) at 1.75
Anytime goalscorer: Ivan Toney at 3.00