Southampton v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 27, 2019
St Mary’s - Premier League
Manchester United are looking to put their shock defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend behind them as they visit Southampton in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off. The Saints meanwhile saw their season spring into life with a victory on their last outing.
United are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Southampton, although three of those games finished all square. The teams drew 2-2 at St Mary’s last season, with United coming from 2-0 down and the first half seeing all four goals. Romelu Lukaku’s late winner handed United a 3-2 victory in the return at Old Trafford, as the Red Devils came from behind once again.
Ryan Bertrand is the only injury concern for Ralph Hasenhuttl coming into this weekend’s encounter. Apart from that, the Saints boss has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with on loan defender Kevin Danso expected to keep his place in the starting XI after helping his new side to a clean sheet on Saturday.
Luke Shaw is a doubt for this game after the United left-back picked up a hamstring injury at the weekend. His absence would see Ashley Young step into the side, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also need a replacement for Anthony Martial after the forward was seen limping at the end of Saturday’s match.
Southampton v Manchester United Preview and Predictions
Southampton stopped the rot of the back-to-back defeats that opened their season with a 2-0 victory away to fellow south coast outfit Brighton. They may have been helped by Florin Andone’s early red card, but that should give the Saints some confidence that they can upset the odds and beat Manchester United just like Crystal Palace did at Old Trafford last weekend.
The Red Devils dominated possession for the majority of their games against the Eagles, who bounced back from Daniel James’s excellent late equaliser to come back and win the game 2-1. United are a work in progress and show few signs of ditching the vulnerability that's plagued them over recent seasons.
Southampton’s pressing style stands a good chance of hurting this fragile United outfit, although the home team may sit a little deeper than usual to combat their visitors’ pace on the counter attack. The Saints have plenty of pace on the break too, with new signing Moussa Djenepo showing his ability after scoring a superb goal with almost his first touch following his introduction as a substitute at Brighton.
The hosts are 10/3 to follow up their back-to-back defeats with a second straight victory, while United start as the 11/10 favourites as they aim to bounce straight back from their first loss of the new campaign. The draw, meanwhile, is available at 5/2.
Man United to miss a penalty at 16/1
After all the furore surrounding the identity of their penalty taker, and consecutive misses from Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, there’ll be even more pressure on whoever claims any potential spot kick in this game.
Southampton to win and BTTS at 13/2
The Saints haven’t beaten United at St Mary’s since 2003, with the Reds winning on 8 of their 11 visits since. However, United lost to Crystal Palace for the first time in 30 years last weekend, and Southampton will fancy their chances of a result.