When will Southampton’s 100% record at St Mary’s come to an end? Perhaps next season when the Saints take their place in the Premier League, especially if Nigel Adkins’ team can continue their winning habit on home soil.
Supporters would have hoped for a play-off place at the beginning of the season although the Hampshire side currently have a five-point cushion over third-placed Cardiff after 20 games and no team has been able to live with them at St Mary’s.
Blackpool arrive in town on Saturday hoping to change that statistic, although Coral (£30 free bet) are prepared to offer 4/6 about a home win and there will be plenty of punters looking to profit from a team that have been ultra-reliable every other week.
Adkins claims that the team’s away form needs to improve if promotion is to be realised and it is true that the Saints have lost both of their last two away matches, although those games sandwiched a 2-1 win over Hull City. Rickie Lambert is the division’s top scorer and should win the race to be fit for this contest, with Betfred (£50 free betting) making the scouser a 9/2 chance to open the scoring.
Blackpool have adjusted well to life back in the Championship considering that several players left the squad in the summer including David Vaughan, DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam. They sit 8th in the table and have every chance of making the play-offs, something which proved to be a success story for them two seasons ago.
Ian Holloway’s side might only have two away wins to their name, although their attacking style should pose a few questions for the Southampton defence and you can get 9/2 that the visitors claim victory and end the 100% record which has helped the Saints lead the way in the Championship.