Manchester United sit three points behind cross town rivals Man City at the top of the Premier League table. They came away with a credible 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won 2-1 at Fulham and reached the FA Cup 5th round with a 3-2 home win against Liverpool. Manchester United suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat to bottom club Sheffield United after having 76% possession and 16-5 shots. Their last match was a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in London. Man United centre back Phil Jones is injured and Marcos Rojo’s contract is expected to be terminated. Edinson Cavani is likely to make way for Anthony Martial up front. Mason Greenwood should return to the starting side. Manchester United have a 66-28 advantage against Southampton with 34 draws in 128 matches.
Southampton have dropped down to 11th in the Premier League. They have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 EPL matches. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side lost 2-0 at Leicester before a 2-0 home win against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. They made it back to back home wins in the FA Cup with a 1-0 home win against Arsenal. Saints hosted Arsenal again in the Premier League, Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring in the 3rd minute in a 3-1 defeat. Southampton’s last match was a 1-0 home loss against Aston Villa. It was an unlucky defeat after having 60% possession, 20-8 shots and 2.23-0.80 expected goals. Southampton central defender Mohammed Salisu is injured but Jannik Vestergaard is close to a return. Right back Kyle Walker-Peters is injured with midfielders Oriol Romeu, Ibrahima Diallo and winger Theo Walcott doubtful. James Ward-Prowse played at right back against Aston Villa, but should return to midfield here with Yan Valery starting in defence. Southampton haven’t beaten Man United since January 2016, a run of 10 straight matches.
Manchester United can beat Southampton and stay in touch at the top of the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes is the top scorer for Man United this season and scored 7 of his last 10 goals at Old Trafford.
PREDICTION : MAN U WIN 2-1
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 2.5 FT GOALS