Prediction on game
On December 20, St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton) will host the 1/8 final match of the EFL Cup, in which Southampton will compete with Lincoln City. The battle will start at 20:45 CET.
The club replaced their coach last month. It was a quite logical and expected decision, since “the Saints” has disappointed in a lot of aspects this season. The new owner did not throw money around the project, but at the same time he did not skimp on newcomers. By the end of autumn, only 3 wins and 12 points were taken, and as a result a potentially awesome project was in the penultimate place. Of course, they asked Hasenhüttl about the reasons of failure and fired him. The coach was replaced by Nathan Jones, who had qualified for the Championship play-offs with Luton a season before. The Welsh specialist made his debut in defeat, but his new team played against Liverpool at Anfield. Well, there have been almost 40 days to prepare for the following match. On the other hand, does Soton really need the EFL Cup right now?
The team has almost 140 years of history behind it. But by and large this history for “the Imps” is trophyless. They haven’t got any possibility to break into the highest football division of Foggy Albion. Now the club is even “floating” in League One, at the so-called third level. Having finished the previous season in the 17th position, it is able to be a little bit higher now. But it seems that everything leads to the same results. At the same time, playing away, the team has already been successful to knock out 3 opponents in the League Cup. Only in the case with Barrow the winner had to be decided in a penalty shootout. Having scored 3 goals in each match, the team passed Doncaster and Bristol City.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Both teams are old-timers. But they used to play in different divisions, so this is the very first time they will play in a head-to-head match.
Bookmakers are conscious of the actual balance of power. The guests even do not have “a single trump card” in their favour. Thus, the bet that Southampton will be able to win with “a -1.5 goal handicap” looks like a perfect option for this match (odd: 1.92).
Prediction on game