Cracks are starting to appear in the solid Southampton defence and Manchester United will be looking to exploit this and overtake them in the Premier League table.
It’s a clash of the Dutchmen this evening as Ronald Koeman faces Louis van Gaal at St Mary’s Stadium for what looks set to be a grudge match, both managers reportedly falling out some time ago whilst at Ajax.
Both sides will be confident of securing the points tonight, however we feel that the points will be shared after the ninety minutes, Southampton likely to settle for a draw following a rather torrid nine days which saw them lose to both Manchester City and Arsenal, the latter thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s late winner.
Manchester United have enjoyed a much better lead-up to this match, stringing together four successive victories for only the first time in the last twelve months or so. It is still too early to get carried away by United’s turnaround, however there has certainly been improvement of late and a win on the south coast would see the Red Devils move up to third in the Premier League table.
United can consider themselves lucky not to have squandered the lead versus Stoke City on Tuesday evening, the ball coming desperately close to crossing the line before it was scrambled clear.
Nevertheless, Van Gaal’s side look to turned the corner and got their season back on track, however Wayne Rooney was much missed on Tuesday evening and will be a welcome returnee in the line up against Southampton tonight.
Both these sides are in complete contrast as regards how many players have been fielded so far this term, the visitors using a massive 31 with the hosts less than half that number with 15, this number assisting with a degree of continuity which has helped Koeman start from scratch following the mass exodus from the club during the summer months.
Van Gaal will be confident of tearing apart the Southampton defence in a similar manner to that achieved by Manchester City. Saying that, United don’t possess the most convincing away record and we feel that the most obvious result tonight is the draw.
Our betting tips
Match ending in draw – Betfred 5/2
Less than 2.5 Goals – BetVictor 37/40