Southampton unlikely to belie woeful home record against Man Utd
Having won six of the last seven away matches against Southampton in all competitions, and drawing the other, Coral make Manchester United favourites at an enticing 29/20 price to triumph again in this Premier League Sunday clash.
In five of those battles, the two teams managed to find the net, so take even more enticing odds of 9/2 for the Red Devils to take all three points and both sides score once more.
However, if you fancy the hosts to follow up from their victory at Old Trafford last term, having not won the previous 11, then a price of 9/4 is available. A draw is 21/10, while 1-1, as was the scoreline in both fixtures in 2013/14 is 7/1.
Luckily for the hosts, United no longer have Robin van Persie, who was the scourge of the Saints in recent seasons, on their books. The Dutchman netted six of the Red Devils’ last nine goals against the south coast side, so the burden will lie on returning captain Wayne Rooney.
Thankfully for the visitors, the recent record England marksman has five strikes to his name against Southampton throughout his career, and bagged a brace against them three seasons ago.
Rooney is yet to net in the league this campaign, but did hit a hat-trick in the Champions League play-offs against Club Brugge and also against San Marino and Switzerland for the Three Lions in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. He is 6/4 to score anytime again, and 8/1 for two or more.
He could be joined up front at some stage in the match by new signing Anthony Martial, who made an immediate impact by grabbing a fabulous late goal against Liverpool last time out. The French teenager is a 7/4 shut in the anytime market and 6/1 to score last.
Boss Louis van Gaal will be without one former Saint, Luke Shaw who will be out for much of the season at least after breaking his leg against PSV Eindhoven, but another in Morgan Schneiderlin could feature. He once scored against United at St Mary’s in 2012, so is 6/1 to against his former team.
For Ronald Koeman’s men, Graziano Pelle, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic have all found the net against Man Utd before, and are respective 6/4, 2/1 and 11/4 shouts to strike again anytime.
They are expected to be without the likes of Jordy Clasie, Gaston Ramirez, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos, while it will be interesting to see whether Van Gaal will put Daley Blind or Marcos Rojo at left back.
Man Utd may not have looked in great form this season, but are still up in third place in the table and four points ahead of their hosts, who are down in 11th.
Coral’s betting tip: Southampton and Man Utd have netted in five of their last seven meetings at St Mary’s. The latter are undefeated in all of them so back them to win and both teams score at 9/2.