Kick-off: 1400, 22/08/2021
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United famously romped to a 9-0 win when last meeting Southampton and are fancied to come out on top again at St Mary’s on Sunday.
However, Saints did have two players sent off that day and it is worth noting they had previously scored in five straight encounters with the Red Devils.
Let’s go with 2/1 for an away victory and both teams to net this weekend for our first Southampton vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton lost their opening two Premier League games last term and began this season with a 3-1 defeat at Everton.
New signing Adam Armstrong capitalised on a defensive error to put Saints ahead on 22 minutes and they were still in front at half-time.
However, the Toffees levelled soon after the break and then dominated the second period to claim a convincing victory.
“It is very disappointing,” said Ralph Hasenhuttl. “We had a good start, a good goal and a lot of things we were working on were quite good.
“I haven’t seen a lot of chances for them in 45 minutes and then we concede a goal just after half-time. How we conceded the goal was too easy.”
Hasenhuttl was at least delighted to see his new £15million acquisition from Blackburn get off the mark immediately as he seeks to fill the boots of Danny Ings.
“I think it was a very good first game for him, he is quick and can go in behind,” added the head coach. “I think we have a new striker who can score goals and this is good.”
Armstrong finished off last season with seven goals in his final three appearances for Rovers and often scored in bunches at Championship level.
Looking at the Southampton vs Man Utd odds, we reckon 13/5 for him to strike on his home debut is tempting.
Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Perraud, Livramento, Salisu, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo, Armstrong, Adams, Walcott.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United made a statement of intent when thrashing Leeds 5-1, with Bruno Fernandes carrying on last season’s superb scoring form with a hat-trick.
Mason Greenwood was on target with a clinical strike and Fred popped up with a rare goal while Paul Pogba provided four assists.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beamed: “I know that the headlines will probably be about Bruno or Paul but this is a team effort.
“The space Mason creates for Bruno to open up the channels, what everyone does ahead of the goals, has been worked on this week.
“With Paul, I’m very impressed with his fitness levels as well. He’s not been with us for too long and he looks fit, ready to go, enjoying his football.
“I love seeing Paul and all these boys smiling when they’re playing football.”
Raphael Varane was introduced to fans before kick-off to establish a feelgood factor and Jadon Sancho received a cameo slot off the bench.
United were unbeaten on the road in this competition last term, including a 3-2 triumph at St Mary’s after trailing 2-0 at the break.
This time, we’re taking 18/5 for Draw HT/Man Utd FT to complete our Southampton vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last United line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, James, McTominay, Greenwood.
Everton 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Adam Armstrong
MAN UTD 5-1 Leeds – Bruno Fernandes (3), Mason Greenwood, Fred
Head-to-head: Man Utd 9-0 Southampton, Southampton 2-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-2 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Man Utd
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