Manchester United vs Southampton - Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- Manchester United is in fine form and it is hard to see its winning run ending
- Southampton has a superb away record but this could be a bridge too far
- United will have its eye on a third-place finish as it builds momentum ahead of next season
|What||Manchester United vs Southampton|
|Where||Old Trafford, Manchester, England|
|When||Monday, 13 July 2020, 3 PM EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports|
Manchester United is on to something. When Burnley emerged from Old Trafford with a 2-0 victory in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s days as manager appeared to be numbered. Since then, however, United has not lost a single league game and at the time of writing is the most in-form team in the Premier League. All of a sudden, United fans are starting to dream of the day their side is crowned champion of England once more.
Such thoughts might still be premature. United is playing some excellent soccer and has strung a series of positive results together, but it remains to be seen whether it can match the extraordinary consistency exhibited by Manchester City and Liverpool in their combined three title triumphs since 2018. A glance at the squad indicates that United also cannot equal either of its rival’s for strength in depth.
Yet anyone who has watched United’s recent performances cannot help feeling excited on its behalf. Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa means Solskjaer’s charges have won each of their last four games by that emphatic margin. Sheffield United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Bournemouth and Villa have all been blown away by United, and although one could argue that its opponents have not been the strongest, the attacking verve on display has been eye-catching nonetheless.
On the face of it, a home match against the division’s 12th-placed team does not appear to be too challenging an assignment, but Southampton ranks considerably higher up the calendar year table. United should still win but it will be asked more questions than in recent outings.
Manchester United vs Southampton Odds
|Match winner and both teams to score||Odds|
|Manchester United and Yes||+175|
|Manchester United and No||+105|
|Southampton and Yes||+1650|
Odds taken from BetMGM
Even Danny Ings probably did not consider himself a Golden Boot contender last summer, yet he still has an outside chance of winning the top scorer prize – he is in third place, three goals behind Jamie Vardy, with three games left.
Southampton as a collective has proven adept at finding the back of the net, drawing a blank in just one of its five games since the restart. With that in mind, a home win with goals to both teams looks like an astute selection for this one.
For the First Time in a While, United Is an Exciting Team Again
United marked its return to action last month with a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, since when it has looked irresistible with a new-look line-up. Fred and Scott McTominay have enjoyed excellent campaigns but Solskjaer has shown a ruthless streak in dropping them both, with Nemanja Matic seen as the ideal anchorman behind Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes..
There has been another change on the right flank, where Daniel James has made way for Mason Greenwood. The teenager has exploded onto the scene this season and is a thrilling young talent, with his two-footedness and ruthless finishing belying his tender years. Greenwood and Anthony Martial have been among the goals, with Marcus Rashford demonstrating that he can create chances as well as convert them.
The defense can still be vulnerable – Bournemouth breached it twice earlier this month – which underlines that there remains room for improvement. Southampton will hope to serve another reminder of that fact on its first visit to Old Trafford since March 2019.
Southampton Had Been Excellent This Year and Could Cause United Problems
Southampton’s position in the bottom half of the table owes more to its results in the first half of 2019/20 than the second. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side was in the bottom three after 17 games, but it ranks in the top eight since the turn of the year.
It has, for the most part, performed well since the restart, amassing 10 points from the 15 available – and seven from 10 away from home. Saints has been terrific on the road all season, with only three teams having taken more points at opposition stadiums. That statistic alone should ensure United is not complacent here.
United Will Continue Marching on but a Three-Goal Win Is Unlikely
United has eased to victory in its last four encounters, triumphing by three goals on each occasion. But Southampton will provide sterner opposition than an out-of-sorts Sheffield United, Brighton, Bournemouth and Villa with only four sides having scored more goals away from home in 2019/20.
Hasenhuttel’s side is not gung-ho but the Austrian does ensure that his team gets bodies forward in attack. United has overwhelmed its recent opponents but could be caught out in transition against a stronger team, which is something Southampton will look to exploit.
Nevertheless, United will probably have too much quality overall and should continue its push for a top-three finish on home soil.
Back Manchester United and Yes here – Solskjaer’s side is in red-hot form but Southampton will back itself to find the net once more.