Man Utd v Southampton Betting Tips – 30th December 2017

Publish: 15.10.2018

Manchester United got out of jail against Burnley on Boxing Day. Jose Mourinho’s team were the clear favourites to beat the Clarets at Old Trafford but had to rely on a very late Jesse Lingard goal to salvage a point.

That was United’s second 2-2 draw in successive matches and has seen them lose even more ground to Man City. All of a sudden the red half of Manchester are starting to worry about their chances of a top four finish. Those worries will only grow on Saturday if United drop points against Southampton.

Southampton’s Worrying Slide to Continue at Old Trafford

Form would suggest that Man Utd have a better chance against the Saints. Whereas Burnley are playing above all expectations, Southampton are struggling big time with just one win in their last 11 games.

The Saints are now just six points off bottom side, Swansea City. Of most concern for their fans is that having brought in Mauricio Pellegrino to play more entertaining football, Southampton average just one goal per game while they’ve conceded 30 in 20.

Southampton have also lost all but one of their matches against the Premier League’s top eight sides and have only one away win to their name.

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Southampton’s Worrying Slide to Continue at Old Trafford

Form would suggest that Man Utd have a better chance against the Saints. Whereas Burnley are playing above all expectations, Southampton are struggling big time with just one win in their last 11 games.

The Saints are now just six points off bottom side, Swansea City. Of most concern for their fans is that having brought in Mauricio Pellegrino to play more entertaining football, Southampton average just one goal per game while they’ve conceded 30 in 20.

Southampton have also lost all but one of their matches against the Premier League’s top eight sides and have only one away win to their name.

That record looks particularly worrying against a Man Utd team who have won eight of their 10 league matches at Old Trafford. Moreover, Burnley became just the third Premier League side to score at Old Trafford on Boxing Day proving that Jose Mourinho still knows how to get it done at home.

Man Utd may not be performing to the levels they’d hope for but they are doing much better than Southampton. If United fail to beat Southampton it will have to go down as a real shock and we recommend backing the home side at 43/100 with Marathonbet.

Mourinho Will Be Happy to Park the Bus

Jose Mourinho has brought many things to English football including the phrase ‘park the bus’. Initially he used to it complain about teams who turned up to play his Chelsea team and did nothing more but defend for 90 minutes.

Now, though, the phrase has come to typify his defensive approach to the game.

Man Utd fans would love to see their team play with the sort of attacking vigour that became their trademark under Sir Alex Ferguson but for now they’ll take points anyway they can, including shutting up shop against Southampton.

From a betting perspective the best way to approach a cautious approach by Man Utd is by backing them to keep a clean sheet at evens with Ladbrokes.

Another option is backing the Man Utd/Man Utd selection in Coral’s half time/full time market at 11/10.

United will want to take an early lead to break the spirits of the Southampton players and they saw how tough it can be when an opponent takes the lead in the Burnley game. If Man Utd do get their noses in front as expected, there’s no chance of Mourinho allowing his players to take any unnecessary risks.

Rashford to Rise to the Challenge for United

Jesse Lingard has had to fight for every minute of playing time at Man Utd. He proved just how important a player he can be for the Red Devils with the two goals that secured a point against Burnley.

While Lingard’s future at the club has long been the subject of debate between Man Utd fans, nobody is debating whether Marcus Rashford has a big future.

Rashford will score big goals for club and country in the coming years and after the failed experiment of playing Ibrahimovic and Lukaku together against Burnley, Rashford’s pace will be an important weapon against Southampton. Therefore, Rashford looks a good bet to score first at 5/1 with Winner.

Top Betting Tips

Man Utd to win at 43/100 with Marathonbet

Man Utd to keep a clean sheet at evens with Ladbrokes

Man Utd/Man Utd in half time/full time at 11/10 with Coral

Marcus Rashford to score first at 5/1 with Winner

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