Football Tips: Our 33/1 Bet Builder for Man Utd v Southampton on Saturday

Our footie tipster Shane O'Brien is expecting Southampton to frustrate Man Utd.

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The Draw

Manchester United thrashed Southampton 9-0 in this fixture last season at almost exactly the same time of year, but they will have their work cut out to win this game, let alone inflict another hammering.

Southampton were excellent in their fully deserved 3-2 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night and held a rampant Manchester City to a draw prior to the winter break.

Their win on Wednesday saw them move into the top half, which is a remarkable achievement for a side that lost its captain and its most potent goalscorer in the summer.

Manchester United, on the other hand, slipped to their second consecutive 1-1 draw against a low-quality outfit when they stumbled yet again in the race for Europe against Burnley on Tuesday night.

United have been incredibly wasteful in their last three games against West Ham, Middlesbrough and Burnley, scoring just three times from a combined 70 shots on goal.

There are some encouraging signs for Ralf Rangnick’s side, but they cannot afford to be so wasteful against a good Southampton outfit.

The sides drew 1-1 in an entertaining fixture at St. Mary’s in August, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see a similar result on Saturday afternoon.

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Both Teams to Score

United may be struggling to put the ball in the back of the net recently, but they should take comfort from the fact that Southampton have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions in a run stretching back to the start of November.

However, the Saints have also scored in their last nine games in competitions and tore Tottenham to shreds on their own turf on Wednesday night.

They will fancy themselves against a Manchester United defence that has been leaking goals this season.

United’s defensive record improved briefly under Rangnick, but they have kept just one clean sheet in their last six league games, despite playing a number of teams in the bottom half during that run.

They have managed just two clean sheets at Old Trafford in the league all season and will struggle to make that three shutouts against a dangerous Southampton attack.

Southampton to Have Five or More Shots on Target

While Manchester United have spurned several glorious opportunities against Middlesbrough and Burnley, they have also largely rode their luck since Rangnick took the helm at Old Trafford.

United have face 31 shots on target in their last six league games at a rate of just over five per game and could easily face that many shots against Southampton on Saturday.

The Saints had 23 shots and 10 shots on target in their 3-2 win over Tottenham on Wednesday in a rampant display of attacking football, while they have had 37 efforts on target in their last six league games at a rate of more than six per game.

They can cause real problems for a shaky United defence.

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Marcus Rashford to Score Anytime

Marcus Rashford has been guilty of missing a number of gilt-edged chances in his last two games for United, but his performances have improved significantly since a dip in form during the festive period.

Rashford scored in back-to-back games against Brentford and West Ham before the international break and has looked dangerous in United’s front three in the games against Burnley and Middlesbrough, albeit without a goalscoring touch.

He has netted in his last two games against Southampton at Old Trafford and has a decent chance of making that three in a row on Saturday.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani yet to score in 2022, United need Rashford to be more prolific in front of goal.

Man Utd v Southampton Bet Builder:

The Draw
Both Teams to Score
Southampton to Have Five or More Shots on Target
Marcus Rashford to Score Anytime

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