Saturday 1 December, kick-off 5.30pm
St Mary’s Stadium – Premier League
Two teams with big problems collide in this Premier League preview, as Southampton host Manchester United at St Mary’s in the Saturday evening kick-off. With both managers under increasing pressure, who will triumph as the Saints come up against the Red Devils?
The last five Premier League meetings between these teams have seen under 2.5 goals. A repeat of that is 19/20 here. Jose Mourinho’s side are favourites and you can add them to that bet as the winners for 10/3 with Betfair. The Red Devils are 12/5 to win to nil, with our Southampton vs Man United prediction of 1-0 to the visitors priced at 7/1.
Man United to win and under 2.5 goals
Marcus Rashford was unable to make a difference in half an hour as a sub at the weekend, but the young England forward could get a recall to the starting line-up here. His pace is frightening for any defender, and Rashford will be looking to show what he’s made of after his character was question by his manager last week. He’s 6/1 with Betfair to score first, 2/1 in the anytime market, and 26/1 to net the only goal of the game in your weekend football predictions.
Marcus Rashford to score first
Southampton’s last three victories over Manchester United have all been by a 1-0 scoreline. Although Mourinho’s defence has often been awful this season, the Saints are struggling to score with just 10 goals in 13 games so far. If Southampton are going to win this and buy their manager some time, it’s likely to be a tight one. The hosts are 12/1 with bet365 to win 1-0 in your free betting tips and predictions. Those odds rise to 40/1 if you choose either Charlie Austin or Danny Ings as the scorer.
Southampton to win 1-0
What’s the story with Southampton vs Man United?
Is Southampton vs Man United on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BT Sport.
What happened last time? The teams played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford in December of last season, while Romelu Lukaku got the only goal of the game when they met at St Mary’s earlier in the campaign.
What are the Southampton vs Man United odds? Southampton are 7/2 in your Premier League predictions, while Manchester United are 10/11 with Betway. The draw is 11/4.
Remember that time…Manchester United beat Southampton in the 2017 League Cup final? Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace brought the Saints level after going 2-0 down, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic won it for United just a few minutes from time.
Team news and form
Last six: LDDLDL
Former United striker Mark Hughes has injury concerns over two of his own forwards as he looks for a massive result against his old club. A hamstring problem means Danny Ings is 50/50 for this Southampton v Man United prediction, while Shane Long has been ruled out due to an ankle issue.
Last six: LWWWLD
Victor Lindelof will miss this game after battling through what looked like a thigh injury in the final stages of United’s goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Fellow defenders Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are also out, while Diogo Dalot is a doubt. Jose Mourinho is likely to shake up his attack after a lacklustre performance at the weekend, especially with Alexis Sanchez now injured.
Southampton vs Man United prediction, preview and betting tips
Things are starting to get desperate for Mark Hughes. Southampton begin this game in the relegation zone, and their manager’s clinging on after only winning three of his 21 Premier League fixtures in charge of the St Mary’s club. Jose Mourinho is also under pressure, after leading Manchester United to both of their worst ever Premier League starts. There won’t be any love lost between two passionate managers who’ve clashed on the touchline in the past.
Southampton are 7/2 in your football predictions, as Hughes aims to improve a win percentage that’s the worst of any Saints boss in the Premier League era who’s managed at least 20 games. The performance was decent against Fulham at the weekend, but defensive lapses contributed to a seventh defeat of the season. The Saints haven’t beaten United at St Mary’s in 15 years, but they did win 1-0 at Old Trafford twice in a row as recently as 2016. Another distraction has been removed though. The south coast club went out of the League Cup on penalties against Leicester on Tuesday after a goalless draw.
The visitors are 10/11 in your Southampton vs Man United betting tips, as the Red Devils languish down in seventh place. Jose Mourinho’s side are closer to the bottom of the Premier League table than they are to leaders Manchester City. That’s a damning indictment of the season they’re having. United are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, with a third of the campaign gone. The Reds are unbeaten in five against Southampton though, winning three of those. United put in a poor Champions League performance in midweek, but Marouane Fellaini’s late goal rescued them.
The draw is 11/4. That would surely suit the home team more in your Southampton vs Man United predictions. It would likely cost the visitors even more ground on the top four, after Mourinho said he believed his side would be in the Champions League places by the end of the year. That’s looking increasingly unlikely. Two of the last three matches between these sides have ended goalless, and another 0-0 is 11/1 in your football score predictions.
Romelu Lukaku is the 19/4 favourite to open the scoring. The big Belgian only has four Premier League goals this season, and hasn’t seen the net ripple since mid-September. Charlie Austin saw the net bulge in his last game at St Mary’s, but it was controversially ruled out. The Englishman surely has to break his duck soon, and the striker is 8/1 in your first goalscorer predictions.
Although he loves the fact that he shares his name with his favourite player of all time, Jon wishes he had half the talent of former Manchester United maestro Paul. Instead, Jon has turned to writing about the game he loves, and is superstitious about never backing his team, United, when it comes to his weekly bets.