30th Dec 2016 | Premier League

St Mary's Tedium

Saints and WBA both rank last for total goals per home game and away game respectively.

Predicting goalless games can be a lucrative exercise given that most fans prefer backing action. Williamhill go 15/2 on it ending 0-0 at St Mary’s Stadium but we can improve on that by taking 8/1 on under 0.5 goals in the match. And yes that’s the same thing!

Initial interest comes from picking out two sides whose success relies more on solid defending than penetrating attack. But it gets even better than that.

Southampton rank 20th for total goals scored in their homes games (18) in 2016-17 while West Brom rank 20th for total goals scored in their away matches so far (16).

It appears to be the perfect recipe for stalemate.

Furthermore, sides tend to revert to type after a setback and that means going back to aiming for a clean sheet for a Southampton side thumped by Spurs last time out.

1pt Under 0.5 goals in the match 8/1 with William Hill
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 20:06 30th Dec, 2016 but subject to change

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