Free tips Premier League Tips: Southampton v Manchester United (Saturday, 3pm)

Southampton host (joint) top-of-the-table Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League action.

We take you through our match preview and betting tips for the fixture at St. Mary’s Stadium.


Southampton v Manchester United past meetings

These two sides have met 84 times competitively in their history, with Manchester United winning 48 times (57.1%), Southampton 17 (20.2%) with 19 draws (22.6%).

They met three times last season with a 0-0 draw on the South Coast only four months ago following a 2-0 success for United at Old Trafford and a 3-2 victory for Jose Mourinho’s men in the League Cup final.

United are unbeaten in their last nine visits to the stadium (winning seven of those), dating back to August 2003 when a late James Beattie goal was enough for a 1-0 win for the hosts.

The Saints have beaten the Manchester side twice in the past three seasons but each of those victories came at Old Trafford, each time by a 1-0 scoreline.

Only once in the past twelve meetings between these sides has there been a winning scoreline of more than one goal – the 2-0 victory for the Red Devils last year.


Southampton v Manchester United stats

The Saints have failed to find the back of the net in nine of their last 12 matches in all competitions, dating back to April.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have four goals from six games this season, although two of those strikes were from the penalty spot.

Alongside Manchester rivals City, United have scored more league goals (16) than any other side this season.

Only four sides in the top flight have conceded fewer goals than Southampton (4) this season, of which Manchester United (2) are one.

These two sides have been involved in more 0-0 draws (12 each) in the Premier League since January 2016 than any other club.


Southampton v Manchester United Team News

The host should have a fully fit squad available, with Charlie Austin expected to overcome a knock.

United continue to be without both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ACL knee injuries) while Paul Pogba is also unavailable (hamstring) although his return date is still unclear.


Southampton v Manchester United Match prediction

Man United win 4/5 – Stan James


Southampton v Manchester United Best bet

Manchester United to win to nil 21/11 – bet365


Southampton v Manchester United reason for bets

United have been in imperious early-season form with 24 goals in all competitions and five clean sheets already wrapped up.

It has been a slow and somewhat concerning start for the goal-shy Saints, although last weekend’s victory at Crystal Palace ensures their points tally is as yet not a worry.

What is relevant for this game is a combination of the home side’s lack of attacking cohesion facing a well-drilled defence.

The visitors should continue their strong start and if they take the lead it should be a comfortable victory, with their excellent counter attack picking off their opponents.

Mourinho’s men have six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League outings, stretching back to last season, and that solid foundation should prove key for such a fixture.


Southampton v Manchester United match prediction

Man United win 4/5 – Stan James


Southampton v Manchester United specific bet prediction

Manchester United to win to nil 21/11 – bet365


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