Manchester United vs Southampton Predictions and betting:
On Sunday, Southampton is all set to challenge Manchester United in a home affair with the hosts having a great season so far. Southampton are coming into this game after a well fought draw in last league game against Wolves whereas Manchester United got their much-needed victory against West Brom with a brace coming from Bruno Fernandes.
Despite United going in as the favorites, it is Southampton who have the momentum and a decent record this season making it hard to predict. Nonetheless, it makes for a great contest between two quality sides.
Southampton vs Manchester United predictions and betting Summary
Southampton vs Manchester United predictions and betting: Recent form
Manchester United have had contrasting performances in the recent outings. They have done well against quality teams like PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions league but have failed to replicate the same in the premier league.
They started off with a loss against Crystal Palace but found their way to beat Brighton next week. They had a horrible day against Spurs and were humiliated with a 6-1 score line. They emerged stronger against New Castle United but lacked intent against Chelsea at home.
They lost against gunners where the penalty made the difference but that 3-1 victory against Everton would have done a lot of good for the team’s confidence that was highly evident in their body language against West Brom. A win on Sunday will help them progress in the points table.
Southampton were considered the underdogs coming into this season. But it seems that the side has proved all critics wrong with consistent performers so far.
They started off with back to back defeats in the first two games but emerged stronger as they took down West Brom, Everton and Aston Villa in addition to holding Chelsea for a hard-fought draw.
They earned a victory against Newcastle and managed to draw against Wolves in the last outing. This meant that they are sitting pretty in 5th spot after 5 victories in 9 games this season.
Manchester United vs Southampton Predictions and betting: Head-to-head
Matches: 32: Manchester United: 20 Southampton: 4 Draw: 8
Last 5 games: Manchester United – 1, Southampton – 0, Draw – 4.
Recent Meeting: Manchester United settled for a 2-2 draw against Southampton in a premier league fixture at Old Trafford.
Southampton vs Manchester United predictions and betting: Offensive and defensive stats
For Southampton, Theo Walcott is a key forward to pose Manchester United a challenge on Sunday as he is scored the brace against Wolves. He has 1 goal and 2 assists in 6 games and has 2 shots on target. His passing has been impressive at 80.3% along with 1.2 key passes and 1 dribble per game so far.
Che Adams has come back strong after a dry run in the initial games. He has managed 3 goals and 3 assists in 10 games and is exceptional in air with an average of 1.4 aerial duels win per game. In addition to that, he has 72.2% pass rate and 2.1 shots on target on an average.
The Manchester United attack did look sharp against West Brom where they scored once and had 7 shots on target in 90 minutes. Anthony Martial has strengthened their attack by many folds but has created limited impact so far with no goals in the premier league so far.
Mason Greenwood would probably continue in place of him who has 3 goals in 9 games and has some excellent passing and finishing skills.
Bruno Fernandes has been a quality attacking midfielder who has 77.7% pass success and is very strong in creating chances. He has 5 assists,8 goals,2.8 shots per target, 2.8 key passes and 1 dribble per game so far.
Marcus Rashford is an important element who will be key in creating chances and netting in crucial moments. He has 8 goals, 3 assists along with 81.6% pass success in 15 games and has been an asset for the side.
The Southampton defense have to be on their toes to not concede in this particular fixture. The likes of Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand and Walker-Peters will have to make sure that the ball doesn’t enter the penalty box quite often.
Vestergaard is a key player here who is breathtaking in aerial duels and wins about 3.5 aerials per game. He enjoys 84% passing rate along with 1.3 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 4.6 clears per match.
Jan Bednarek is a great interceptor and tackles the ball very strongly. Along with 83.4% pass rate, he has 1.6 interceptions and most importantly 3.3 clears per game in 16 outings. The duo of Bertrand and Walker-Peters will have to support them by counter attacking by not letting go of the possession to hold off the blues.