Premier League: 3 best bets for Southampton v Manchester United

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Both Southampton and Man United come into this game weakened by injury.

Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial miss out for United, while Nathan Redmond and new signing Moussa Djenepo are absent for the Saints.

Redmond has been Southampton’s best attacking player since Ralph Hassenhuttl took charge, so his absence should be keenly felt. Juan Mata will likely come into the United forward line with Marcus Rashford reverting to centre forward.

This is a hard game to call, so I’ll stay away from the win markets.

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Both Teams To Score – 8/11

While both teams are missing attacking weapons, this selection has clicked in all of Southampton’s 13 home games under Ralph Hassenhuttl.

His emphasis on a high-pressing style lends itself towards exciting open games. The frail defence of The Saints is another reason for this streak though, with Jannik Vestegaard a real liability at the heart of their back 3.

Pierre Hojbjerg to be booked – 13/5

This tip looks a reasonable price for the aggressive Danish midfielder who picked up eight yellows and two red cards last year. There’s certainly no doubt Hojbjerg can often be rash in the tackle.

United’s threat on the break means that Hojberg will hopefully be in situations where he feels the need to commit a ‘professional foul’ and bring in our selection here.

James Ward-Prowse to score anytime – 7/2

England prospect Ward Prowse was in great form after Christmas last season, with seven league goals coming his way after the turn of the year.

I’d expect him to play a bit further forward with Nathan Redmond absent and he’s a big threat with shots from distance, from either open play and free kicks. He’s also the Southampton penalty taker, so he should give us a good run at 7/2.

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