Kick-off: 2015, 02/02/2021
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
Manchester United and Southampton both failed to score over the weekend but do have a habit of producing entertaining games when they get together.
Following United’s 3-2 triumph at St Mary’s in late November, their last five Premier League fixtures have featured a whopping 20 goals.
Both teams have scored in all of those close encounters and we’re snapping up 8/11 for that trend to continue for our first Man Utd vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
The Red Devils’ title hopes suffered a double blow when they were beaten 2-1 here by Sheffield United and then drew 0-0 at Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side missed the better of the chances to win the game in north London, with Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford guilty of wasting good opportunities.
United have now scored just once in six games against other members of the so-called ‘big six’ so far this season.
“We felt disappointed in the dressing room,” David De Gea told the club website. “We feel we missed a chance to beat Arsenal.
“I think we did enough, we created enough chances to win. If we want to win, we have to score the chances.
“We have to be ready for the next one – it’s a big one again – and try to score the chances we missed.
“Games are coming quick; many, many games. It’s a big one against Southampton. They’re a good team, so it’s going to be a good fight.”
However, before losing to the Blades, United had secured nine straight victories when facing teams currently in the bottom half of the table.
Let’s go with 15/8 for a home win and both teams to score from the Man Utd vs Southampton odds.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Cavani, Rashford.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton began 2021 with a memorable 1-0 win over Liverpool, but perhaps the emotion of that night has affected subsequent league performances.
A trio of losses to Leicester, Arsenal and Aston Villa have led to Saints slipping out of the top half.
However, Ralph Hasenhuttl felt they were hard done by against Villa, with two significant VAR decisions going against them.
Matty Cash survived a 10th-minute penalty shout when Stuart Armstrong’s shot appeared to strike his hand.
Then in added time, Danny Ings looked to have equalised but video evidence confirmed the striker’s shoulder was marginally offside.
“The handball was a good save from the player, it was good goalkeeping I think,” Hasenhuttl said.
“It was not the VAR decision, but for us it was definitely a very good save.
“If that’s the rule, then that’s the rule – let’s keep on going – but I think it was undeserved to have no point.”
Saints had 60 per cent of the possession on Saturday and 20 attempts on goal, so they were not short of ambition.
Two recent FA Cup wins should hopefully have helped to keep spirits up and we expect them to be competitive at Old Trafford.
Saints have failed to win any of their last nine meetings with United, but five were draws and they only lost by the narrowest of margins in the other four.
Let’s finish off our Man Utd vs Southampton betting tips by taking 13/5 for the Red Devils to prevail by one goal and 15/2 for a 2-1 scoreline.
Last Saints line-up: McCarthy, Bertrand, Stephens, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Armstrong, Diallo, Ings, Walcott.
Arsenal 0-0 MAN UTD
SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 Aston Villa
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