Match Betting (1x2)

There are no prizes for guessing which team are the bookmaker favourites to win this Premier League encounter, with Manchester United trading at odds of 11/10 with BetVictor to claim a maximum haul although we’re not sure this is a value proposition.

Consider the fact that the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, with Marcus Rashford becoming the latest culprit to miss from the spot for the home side, while United somehow managed to score a late equaliser before conceding a winner.

Southampton are definitely attractive at a price of 29/10 with BetVictor. After all, the Saints got off the mark last Saturday with a 2-0 win at Brighton and they previously pushed Liverpool close when losing 2-1 at home to a major title contender.

Ralph Hasenhuttl won’t be quaking in his boots when it comes to the prospect of meeting a Manchester United team who still have a disjointed feel about them, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay looking like a vulnerable defensive midfield pairing.

Perhaps both teams will be satisfied with a draw from this encounter before the majority of players link up with their national teams for the international break. Bet365 have 5/2 that the game ends all square and it’s fair to say that the starting XI’s look fairly evenly-matched.

First Goalscorer

The big question is which player is going to be on penalty duties for Manchester United. Paul Pogba was subjected to a good deal of criticism for taking the spot kick at Molineux, while the responsibility returned to Marcus Rashford against Palace although he also failed to convert.

It’s possible that Anthony Martial will be tasked with spot kicks for this clash and the Frenchman is 5/1 with bet365 to continue his excellent start to the campaign by breaking the deadlock, with the forward playing in the number nine role for the Red Devils.

As for Rashford, he has been getting into dangerous positions throughout the season, with the Englishman trading at 9/2 to score the first goal of the campaign. He’ll certainly feel as though he has a point to prove after that missed spot kick at Old Trafford.

It was actually Daniel James who scored what would turn out to be United’s consolation goal and the former Swansea speed merchant is available at 10/1 with Ladbrokes to bag the first of this match.

Danny Ings has been getting in some great scoring positions for Southampton when he’s been on the pitch and the former Liverpool forward is a 7/1 poke with bet365 to score the first goal, something that would delight the red half of Merseyside.

At a slightly bigger price, Nathan Redmond is available at 9/1 with the same bookmaker and the England hopeful plays as part of an attacking three for this Saints team who are sure to make chances throughout the ninety minutes.

Both Teams to Score

An interesting market is the BTTS option for this game. In the previous two Manchester United matches, both teams have found the net, although two of Southampton’s three Premier League games to date have seen only one side score.

We are leaning towards the “Yes” option when it comes to this market, with bet365 going 3/4 about both respective teams bagging a goal during the ninety minutes and it’s a game where both teams will feel as though they can win.

The “No” option is available at 6/5 with BetVictor, with the Manchester United defence looking to tighten up after conceding twice against Crystal Palace.

Over / Under Goals

Last season’s matches between Manchester United and Southampton were highly entertaining. At St Mary’s, we saw Mark Hughes’ team storm into a 2-0 lead before the Red Devils came haring back under Jose Mourinho.

Therefore, the scoreline was already 2-2 by half-time, while the clash at Old Trafford featured five goals as United won by a 3-2 scoreline and this implies that we could see the net bulge a few times in this clash.

Over 2.5 Goals is trading at odds-on with some firms, although William Hill have even money about this outcome which looks an interesting bet, while those wanting to back Over 3.5 Goals can find this option available at 13/5 with Unibet.

However, United’s first away match of the season saw them draw 1-1 at Molineux and bet365 go 10/11 about Under 2.5 Goals in this encounter.


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