Man Utd 2-0 Southampton (Zlatan Ibrahimovic (1st goalscorer) 2)
Sunderland 1-0 Shrewsbury (Adnan Januzaj (1st goalscorer))
Kick Off: 15:00, 27/08/16
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
Head-to-head: Sunderland 1-0 Southampton, Southampton 8-0 Sunderland, Sunderland 2-1 Southampton, Sunderland 0-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Southampton: Out – Florin Gardos
Doubtful – Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand
Sunderland: Out – Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchoff, Sebastian Larsson
Doubtful – Fabio Borini, Lamine Kone, Jon O’Shea, Vito Mannone, Jeremain Lens, Billy Jones
- Southampton 3-1 Sunderland @ 25/2
- Southampton (-1) @ 33/20
- Both of Sunderland’s league goals this season came in the 71st minute
- Southampton have just twice failed to score in the first half across their last 11 home games in the Premier League
A Look at Southampton’s Betting Odds
Since ramming eight goals past an abominable Black Cats outfit in October 2014, Saints have had a tougher time breaching the Wearsiders’ backline in more recent meetings. They’ve found the net exactly once in their past three renewals and their odds to do the same again at 6/4.
As far as Southampton v Sunderland match-betting is concerned, the odds for a home win are 3/5, it’s 13/5 about the draw and 5/1 is on offer about victory for the visitors.
The pre-match prices may provide a bit of a clue, but the latter wager is very unlikely to land for many reasons, chief among them is that Chelsea are the only team to prevail at the Saints’ south coast stronghold in the Premier League this calendar year.
For those who expect the hosts to do more damage to the scoresheet than they have in recent altercations with Sunderland, take note of Southampton’s odds to win with a one-goal handicap.
Before Watford snapped the streak on the opening day of this season, Claude Puel’s troops had beaten Newcastle United, Manchester City and Crystal Palace in their previous three at base camp by margins of two goals or more.
Sunderland may have swerved defeat in their final five road games of the previous campaign and come desperately close to nabbing a point from Man City on their first trip this term, but newly-promoted Middlesbrough poked holes in the Black Cats’ rearguard in their last league game to augment the possibility of a Saints side looking for their maiden win of the season recording it in style.
A price of 33/20 says they’ll win after affording their foes a one-goal head start.
A Look at Sunderland’s Betting Odds
Based on comments made across the past week, David Moyes doesn’t strike as the most optimistic individual with Sunderland’s best interests at heart.
However, he should be feeling good ahead of this trip having never lost a Premier League match to Southampton in his managerial career.
Six of his last ten tactical tussles with this adversary have ended in stalemate, which might tempt those opposed to the idea of the hosts snaring the spoils here to consider Sunderland’s double-chance odds of 13/10.
For those set on the handicap punt mooted above, 3-1 to the Saints can be backed at 25/2.