St. Mary’s – Monday 8го December 20:00
Louis van Gaal’s Man Utd travel down to the south coast on Monday to take on a Southampton side trying to avoid their third straight defeat. Despite contrasting starts to the season, Utd sit only 1 point behind the Saints and will overtake them this evening with a win, taking them up to third.
Southampton had only lost 1 in 7 before facing Man City last weekend. They were comfortably beaten that day and proceeded to lose to Arsenal 1-0. The Saints have lost all 4 of their matches against last season’s top 6 and need to improve in order to stop a decent down the table. Although against weaker opposition, Southampton’s home form has been good this year, winning 71% of matches, scoring an average of 2.43 goals per game.
Man Utd have won their last 4, seeing them move up to 5го and now look very strong contenders for a top 4 finish. I’m not impressed though, their last 4 wins have come against very weak opposition and have been narrow victories. Their away form is poor, winning only once in 7, keeping only 1 clean sheet in the process. Utd’s injury problems continue, Jones, Blind, Shaw and Di Maria are all out, only David de Gea has played all 14 league games this season.
This is a difficult one to call but there is some value to be had. Southampton +0.25 @ 1.79 is too short for me, I’d rather Southampton 0 (Draw No Bet) @ 2.15. My advised though would be to back Over 2.5 goals @ 2.0