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Southampton v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

November 27, 2018

- Grant Whittington

St Mary’s Stadium - Premier League

Things are getting increasingly desperate for two managers who’ve not always enjoyed the best of relationships when prowling the touchline. Defeat for either Mark Hughes or Jose Mourinho would be a nightmare for either boss as Southampton welcome Manchester United to St Mary’s this weekend.

Past Meetings

United are unbeaten in their last five games against the Saints, which includes the League Cup final of 2017 which the Reds won 3-2. Southampton haven’t won at home against United since 2003, but they did record back-to-back victories at Old Trafford a couple of years ago.

Team News

Danny Ings is a doubt for this game after missing Southampton’s short hop to the capital to face Fulham at the weekend with a hamstring injury. Apart from that, Shane Long is the only other injury concern for Saints boss Hughes.

Jose Mourinho has problems at the other end, with four defenders expected to miss this game. Victor Lindelof and Matteo Darmian were both injured at the weekend, while Marcos Rojo is out and Diogo Dalot is a doubt.

Southampton v Manchester United Preview and Predictions

These two teams are both struggling badly this season, although they were involved in very different games at the weekend. Nevertheless, defeat for either of these sides on Saturday evening could prove to be another nail in their manager’s coffin.

Southampton put in a pretty good display at Craven Cottage last time out, particularly in the opening stages of the first half. Stuart Armstrong’s second goal in particular was an absolute pearler after some lovely interplay in the build-up, but the Saints couldn’t hold on and slipped to their seventh defeat of the season.

The home team are 15/4 for the win here, which would be disastrous for their visitors. United are already 14 points behind Manchester City after only 13 games, and they’re closer to the bottom of the league than the top. The Reds have only won three of their nine home games in all competitions, so they might be glad of an away day this weekend.

United are 23/25 to return to winning ways on Saturday, which is starting to look vital for their top four hopes. Mourinho’s side are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, so a draw - which is priced at 11/4 - wouldn’t be a good result for the away team.

Recommended Bets

Draw/United half-time/full-time at 4/1

United rarely start playing until the second half, but this is a massive game for them and they should have enough to get the win, even if it comes late.

Under 2.5 goals at 20/21

This bet would’ve paid out in each of the last five Premier League meetings between the sides, and neither are looking very good at all in front of goal right now.

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