Man Utd v Southampton – Old Trafford at 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1
What a way to start the weekend! Friday night Premier League football is back as Man Utd host Southampton live on Sky Sports 1. I underestimated the Red Devils in my Asian Handicap betting preview last weekend, but despite them being without a win at Old Trafford in 3 against the Saints, their is some value on United.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to build on his sides opening weekend 3-1 away win to Bournemouth. In what was a difficult first half, Juan Mata opened the scoring before the break, with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealing a comfortable win in the second half.
It will be Mourinho and Ibrahimovic’s Premier League debut at Old Trafford and new signing Paul Pogba is expected to make his second debut for United. Pogba was suspended for the Bournemouth match along with Chris Smalling, but both are in line to start tomorrow evening.
Ander Herrera had a decent game last weekend but surprisingly, many expect Fellaini to be played alongside Pogba as Mourinho’s preferred choice as defensive midfielder. Also Juan Mata seem’s very much apart of Jose’s plans but with Mkhitaryan pushing for a start, we may see Mourinho mix it up.
United were very strong at home last season under Louis Van Gaal, losing just twice. With 12 wins from 19 games, they held the second best record at home, but although results were positive, performances were not.
Mourinho holds an excellent home record in the Premier League, losing just 8 of 239 games on home soil. He will want to maintain that sort of form whilst improving on Utd’s performances from the last campaign.
Southampton have won 2 of their last 3 league matches at Old Trafford, unbeaten there since January 2013. However, they are 9.0 to pick up 3 points tomorrow night to add to their point earned against Watford on the opening weekend.
The Saints showed character against Watford after going a goal behind and I think they will need to show a lot more if they are to better last season’s 6th place finish.
Once again Southampton have seen a host of big players leave the club over the Summer. Mane, Wanyama and Pelle have all left, along with manager Ronald Koeman.
Clause Puel has been brought in to replace Koeman and has a tough job on his hands.
Puel has been busy this Summer, signing the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Nathan Redmond, Jeremy Pied and Alex McCarthey, but aren’t as strong on paper as they were last season, or the season before.
The Saints surprised many last season though and Puel will be hoping for the same again. They have another crack at the Europa League after missing out on the group stages last term, but I’m unsure whether they have the squad to focus on Europe and the Premier League.
With Utd’s recent record at Old Trafford, along with Mourniho’s record at home, I expect the hosts to cover the Asian Handicap betting line of -1 tomorrow night at 1.79. They are an improved side from last season, whilst the Saints for me are not. I’m expecting a comfortable Manchester United win.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Man Utd -1 at 1.79
Prices correct at time of writing.
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