Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from our embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday when we travel to Southampton in the Premier League’s lunchtime kickoff.
It had otherwise looked like a promising start to the season – thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in our opening game of the 2019-20 season and then coming away with a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Southampton are looking like relegation contenders this season under Ralph Hasenhuttl – convincingly beaten 3-0 at Burnley in their opening game and then losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool. However, they did manage to pick up three points at Brighton & Hove Albion. However, the hosts were reduced to 10 men after only half hour, whilst the Saints didn’t take the lead until the hour and courtesy of a long-range effort.
Alexis Sanchez has joined Internazionale on loan this week but the Chilean hadn’t featured for us this season anyway. Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot continued to be sidelined whilst they may be joined by former Southampton star Luke Shaw this weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed after Saturday’s game that the England international is a doubt for our trip to the south coast this weekend, whilst TalkSport added that Shaw could be out for as long as four weeks. Ashley Young came on at left-back in the first half against Crystal Palace.
Ole also confirmed that Anthony Martial is also a doubt for this weekend’s fixture.
Ryan Bertrand missed Southampton’s trip to Brighton over the weekend because of an ankle injury. Kevin Danso made his debut in Bertrand’s place. The Saints manager said it wasn’t a serious issue so don’t be surprised if their regular left-back is back to face us.
The only other doubt the hosts have this weekend is over Nathan Redmond. The forward scored in stoppage time over the weekend but was carried off the pitch in Tuesday night’s EFL Cup win at Fulham with an apparent ankle injury. Redmond appeared to be in a lot of pain but there’s no been injury update so far. One would guess he won’t be fit to face us.
Despite our inconsistent form so far this season, we are still the even money favourites with many bookmakers and online casino sites to win the game on Saturday. Southampton are 31/10 to collect all three points at home and many Saints fans may be tempted with such odds considering how poor we were against Crystal Palace. If you fancy the draw, then you can get odds of 12/5.
We have certainly improved at the back since signing Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka over the summer but familiar problems were present against Palace, so Southampton will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet. However, we have plenty of firepower too so both teams to score at odds of 4/5 seems like a solid bet.
There have been nine goals scored in our opening three games and eight goals in Southampton’s first few fixtures so we should certainly expect plenty of goal mouth action this weekend. Over 1.5 match goals is available at just 3/10 so we’d be better off going to a free spins no deposit casino and putting money on red or black on the roulette table as we’d get far better odds. So we need to find more value and I’d go with over 2.5 goals at 19/20.
Solskjaer will be desperate to get back to winning ways and I think we’ll prove to be too strong for Southampton so I’m predicting a 2-1 away win – which is available at odds of 15/2. It looks like Martial could be out so Marcus Rashford should start up front and I think he’ll open the scoring. If we add Rashford as first scorer in a 2-1 United win we get very tempting odds of 46/1.