Saturday, December 05, 2009
A LITTLE LOWER DOWN THE LADDER ........
If we disregard the Saints points deduction for one minute, the league table would show very little difference between these two clubs, but IMO and in the view of most people who watch football at this level, the visitors are the FAR superior side. Walsall have done extremely well and find themselves on the playoff fringe, but to my eyes they have overachieved big time. The Saddlers are bottom of the attempts on goal league table and have created a massive 102 fewer than Southampton, who average 5.36 shots at goal per game more. Further inspection of the Walsall results will tell you that they have struggled against the better teams in the division and picked up seven of their eight wins against teams in the bottom eleven of the table, with an average league placing of 19.71. Regardless of what the league table might currently say, the classy Saints are definitely a top half team at the very least and a playoff push remains a possibilty for them.
Regardless of what happens this season, the future at St Mary's looks much rosier under "new" owner Markus Liebherr and 2010 can only go one way. The visitors score for fun, with at least a goal in each of their last 17 starts, they are slowly getting things right at the other end of the pitch and will be tremendously buoyed by a first cleansheet in 15 matches last time out. The very experienced David Connolly returns to the squad today, which gives them further options and I think Saints will be heading back down south with three points in the bag.
6 points Southampton to win 2.40 general quote.