Sports Innovation previews the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Southampton welcome Manchester United to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon for their second Premier League match of the season.
A shabby defense cost the Saints dearly in their opening day 3-1 loss to Everton. Losing Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard over the summer has hit them hard. Add the fact they had the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League last season, this match could not have come at a worse time.
Indeed, Manchester United are riding high and began the new season with a bang. The Red Devils showed no mercy to Leeds by thrashing their old foes 5-1 in their opening fixture. Stopping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impressive array of attacking talent will take some doing, a task that could be beyond Southampton.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and analysis
Southampton have a poor record from their last 10 Premier League fixtures. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have scored 12 goals for an average of 1.2 goals per game. In defense, they have conceded a goal 20 times, an average of 2 goals per game, and failed to keep even a single clean sheet.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have been in better form across their last 10 Premier League fixtures. The Red Devils hit the target 2.2 times on average per game, scoring 22 goals along the way. They conceded 13 goals, an average of 1.3 per game, but only registered one clean sheet in those matches.
Facts and figures for Southampton vs Manchester United
Fun stats Southampton
- Southampton has lost the last 3 matches in a row;
- Southampton conceded in the last 21 of 23 matches;
- Southampton conceded the last 12 matches in a row;
- Southampton conceded the last 10 matches in a row at home.
Fun stats Manchester United
- Manchester United unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row;
- Manchester United unbeaten the last 26 matches in a row when playing away;
- Manchester United has won in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Manchester United scored in the last 11 of 13 matches.
Results have been abysmal lately for Southampton, who will be desperate to get a positive result in their upcoming fixture. Combining results from the old and the new season, the Saints first achieved a 2-0 defeat against Leeds and went on to a 3-0 defeat against West Ham. Their latest game produced a 3-1 defeat against Everton.
Manchester United will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. Combining results from the old and the new season The Red Devils first achieved a 2-1 win against Wolves and went on to a 1-1 draw with Villarreal in the Europa League. Their latest game produced a 5-1 win against Leeds.
Southampton v Manchester United Fixture History
On 2 February 2021, these two clubs went toe-to-toe against each other in their most previous meeting when the Red Devils ran away winners with a 9-0 scoreline.
Southampton go into their upcoming match against Manchester United with a 0-5-5 record in recent meetings in the Premier League.
With no more Danny Ings, Southampton head into this fixture a little short on firepower. Che Adams, who scored 9 goals in the Premier League last season, is probably their best scoring threat now. Manchester United, meanwhile, will hope Bruno Fernandes can find the back of the net once again. He is on 4 goals in the club’s last 6 outings.