Kick-off: 2000, 13/07/2020
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United’s relentless pursuit of a Champions League place is expected to continue when they host Southampton on Monday night.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and have won their last four all by a three-goal margin.
They have also won both halves in six of their last seven matches against bottom-half clubs so the same outcome again at 17/10 is our opening Man Utd vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United enjoyed some fortune on Thursday night with a controversial penalty for their opening goal but they were worthy 3-0 winners which gave us a clean sweep of three correct betting tips.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named an unchanged line-up for a fourth straight Premier League game – the first time United have done that since 2006 – and the confidence is clearly flowing through the team.
As well as scoring three goals, United also hit the crossbar through Anthony Martial and Pepe Reina denied Marcus Rashford late on.
United have now scored 100 times this season and Solskjaer said: “I think we could have scored many, many more goals and we’re keeping clean sheets.
“But, of course, we keep just going into every game wanting to win. If you win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0, it doesn’t matter if we get the points.
“Hopefully the goal difference won’t be the deciding factor in the end because we should have had 10 more goals the last two games.”
Mason Greenwood has played a major role in United’s improved goal threat recently with four goals in his last three games.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fernandes, Matic, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Another striker in hot form at the moment is Southampton’s Danny Ings.
His 19th Premier League goal of the season helped Southampton earn a 1-1 draw at Everton last time out and Saints have scored the most away goals of any team outside the top four.
Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl praised Ings for his contribution at Goodison Park, saying: “Every week he pushes hard and works hard for the team.
“When he scored he knows how important he is for our side. The rest were playing also well – we had a few chances and we were unlucky we only took one point.”
Southampton will head to Old Trafford full of confidence but we’re not convinced they are strong enough defensively to cope with United’s firepower.
They are certainly capable of causing problems of their own, though, so a United win and both teams to score at 19/10 is our final Man Utd vs Southampton prediction.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings, Adams.
Aston Villa 0-3 MAN UTD – Bruno Fernandes (pen), Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba
Everton 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON – Danny Ings
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