Southampton host Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium to kick-off the Premier League weekend on Saturday. The Saints got their first win of the campaign over 10-man Brighton last time out while United suffered a shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
Southampton vs Manchester United – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Kick-Off Time: 12:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Mike Dean
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK. Subscribers can also see the action via the BT Sport app on mobile or tablet devices.
Southampton vs Manchester United – The Form Guide
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unhappy with his sides’ performance against Palace last weekend, particularly in the early stages and rightly so. United looked off the pace in the first half and Marcus Rashford missed a penalty after the break. The visitors have missed two of their three spot-kicks in the Premier League campaign thus far.
After starting the season so brightly with a thumping 4-0 win over Chelsea, United have failed to capitalise on their opportunities in the following two clashes.
Southampton were no-doubt helped by Florin Andone’s early red card at the Amex Stadium but did what was required to secure three points. That’s a timely fillip for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side after opening the season with back-to-back defeats.
They followed that result up with a 1-0 win away at Fulham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. The 52-year-old boss made eight changes to his starting line-up at Craven Cottage and it should be a further boost for the home side.
Saints last won this fixture in January 2016 at Old Trafford. In the seven meetings in all competitions since then, United have won four times with three draws.
What is the Team News?
Diego Dalot has been ruled out for Manchester United after suffering an injury. Luke Shaw could be out for up to a month after limping off at Old Trafford last weekend. Alexis Sanchez has completed his loan move to Inter Milan. United's forward options look somewhat limited after Anthony Martial picked up a knock. The Frenchman has been ruled out for Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s.
Nathan Redmond and Michael Obafemi were both substituted due to injury against Fulham on Tuesday night. Redmond fell awkwardly on his ankle while Obafemi’s knock is thought to be less serious – potentially cramp – according to Hassenhuttl.
Southampton Predicted line-up: Gunn; Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Valery; Hojbjerg, Romeu; Djenepo, Ward-Prowse; Adams, Ings.
Manchester United Predicted line-up: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Pogba, McTominay, James, Mata, Greenwood; Rashford.
Betfair Sportsbook make Southampton an industry-best price of 31/10 (4.10) at the time of writing. Manchester United are available at Even money (2.0) to get back to winning ways with the draw trading at 12/5 (3.40) with the same firm.
Neither team inspires much confidence at the back. Three of the last five head-to-head meetings have ended all square and 5/1 (6.0) about a 1-1 draw looks worth a small wager.
With United having conceded against Wolves and Palace it’s tough to back them to keep a clean sheet at St Mary’s. The absence of Shaw is a further defensive headache for Solskjaer ahead of the trip south.
Redmond’s likely absence is a blow for Southampton’s chances but Saints have created enough in the final third to suggest they’ll find some joy here.
The home side actually won the Expected Goals count against Burnley and Liverpool despite both games ending in defeat. With that in mind, both teams to score at a best price of 4/5 (1.80) with Betfair Sportsbook appeals.
This bet won in both Premier League matches between the teams last season with the encounters producing nine goals in total.
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