Southampton v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Southampton v Manchester United

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Saturday, August 31, 2019


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

With Manchester United coming into this game on the back of a loss and with much happening off the pitch, the difficulty in going to St Mary’s has been reflected with a United win being priced at over evens with Bet365 (21/20). We feel that although United are strong on paper, a lack of firepower could be a real issue in breaking down a resolute Southampton side. Therefore we recommend the generous price of 8/11 for a ‘Southampton Win or Draw’ market which will pay out if United fail to win. Over 9 corners is also a well priced market at 8/13 and this should materialise as both have shown their attacking intent and United could dominate the game overall without scoring, which will likely increase the overall corner count.

Southampton welcome Manchester United to St Mary’s in the early kick-off with both teams looking to gain momentum in the league before the international break. The form of both teams has been patchy but these two have produced thrilling games in the recent past.

Southampton started their season on the back of two losses against Burnley and Liverpool but managed to register their first win when they beat Brighton away 2-0. Another away win against Fulham in the League Cup means the team will come into this game with some confidence but will be wary against a United side reeling from an unexpected loss. Manager Ralph Hasnehuttl will be keen to ensure his team remain compact in midfield and not look to expose themselves too much when attacking themselves. Much will depend on key midfielder Oriol Romeu to keep things tight in the centre of midfield alongside James Ward-Prowse whilst the likes of Nathan Redmond provide support for Danny Ings.

Manchester United come into this game on the back of an unexpected home loss against Crystal Palace. United went down to a well worked Jordan Ayew goal before seemingly rescuing a point courtesy of an 89th minute strike from Daniel James. However, a lack of concentration allowed Palace to break on United and score via their attacking left-back Patrick van Aanholt. Amongst all the action was a missed penalty from Marcus Rashford who struck it well and sent the keeper the wrong way only to see the ball hit the inside of the frame and stay out. After a week of speculation and debate about who should be the penalty taker, this will have fuelled the debate further and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to get out and secure the points to calm things down prior to the international fixtures.

In team news, Southampton are only concerned over the fitness of Ryan Bertrand. The left-back is likely to be out with an ankle injury. Other than that, Ralph Hasenhuttl has a full complement to choose from and could opt for the same side that beat Brighton away.

Manchester United are going to be without left-back Luke Shaw after the Englishman suffered a hamstring injury during the loss to Crystal Palace. With Diogo Dalot also injured, Ashley Young or wantaway Argentine Marcos Rojo could deputise. Striker Anthony Martial is also unlikely to feature having suffered a thigh strain which will leave just Marcus Rashford as their recognised striker. Solskjaer will have to see whether he wants to keep his formation as attack heavy and bring in Mason Greenwood or change formations and boost his attacking options from midfield.

In head to heads, Manchester United have dominated this fixture over the years but not without being pushed by the Saints on many occasions. Southampton last won this fixture back in 2016 and have not won any of the next seven however did come close to a draw at Old Trafford last season until Romelu Lukaku scored a late goal to break Saint’s hearts. The game at St Mary’s was a cracker which saw both teams share the spoils in a 2-2 draw – all the goals being scored in the first half.

Punter's Pick

With Manchester United coming into this game on the back of a loss and with much happening off the pitch, the difficulty in going to St Mary’s has been reflected with a United win being priced at over evens with Bet365 (21/20). We feel that although United are strong on paper, a lack of firepower could be a real issue in breaking down a resolute Southampton side. Therefore we recommend the generous price of 8/11 for a ‘Southampton Win or Draw’ market which will pay out if United fail to win. Over 9 corners is also a well priced market at 8/13 and this should materialise as both have shown their attacking intent and United could dominate the game overall without scoring, which will likely increase the overall corner count.

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