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Southampton – Manchester United (Premier League)

Southampton host Manchester United at St. Mary’s Stadium, in Southampton, in a match referent to the 28th round of the Premier League. After the defeat at home ground against Arsenal, Southampton has finally returned to winning ways with a win at Middlesbrough’s home, and now it is time for them to host the one team who denied them the EFL Cup at the end of February. Manchester United, on their turn, has clearly putted all their interest in the Europa League and arrive here after a defeat at White Hart Lane, against Tottenham.

Southampton are 9th placed in the Premier League table with the same 45 points than West Bromwich and Bournemouth, 8th and 10th placed, result of 12 victories, 9 draws and 15 defeats, with 41 goals scored and 47 goals conceded. Although they are in the 9th position of the league table, Southampton are nearer from the bottom line than from the european spots, but with maintenance already secured, they are playing these last games because they have to, although they might try to give one last joy to their supporters, since they play the last two league games at home.

Even at home, Claude Puel’s men are not getting properly positive results, having won only 1 of their last 5 home games, losing 2, and only scored 3 goals, conceding 6 in the process. The victory over Middlesbrough, in the previous round, has put an end to 5 consecutive games without a single victory. This is the type of team with few offensive strengths, since score goals with little regularity, with their strong points being the defensive organization.

In their last 5 official games, Southampton has a record of 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with 4-2 defeat at Chelsea’s ground. This result was followed by a 0-0 home draw against Hull City, a 0-0 home draw against Liverpool, a 0-2 home defeat against Arsenal, and in their last clash, a 1-2 victory at Middlesbrough’s ground. McCarthy and van Djik are both out due to injury.

Probable Lineup: Froster – Soares, Stephens, Yoshida and Bertrand – Romeu and Davis – Ward-Prowse, Tadic and Redmond – Gabbiadini.

premier-leagueManchester United, on their turn, are 6th placed in the Premier League table with 65 points, result of 17 victories, 14 draws and 5 defeats, with 52 goals scored and 29 goals conceded. Manchester United are winless in their last 4 consecutive Premier League games and José Mourinho has already affirmed that the main objective is to win Europa League, with the team being finalist of the competition and will be facing Ajax in Stockholm, in May 24. Even away from home, the Red Devils are being able to get good results, although they have only won 2 of their last 5 away games, losing 2, scoring 6 goals and conceding 4 in the process.

José Mourinho’s men are experts in the art of defending, being the 2nd team in the Premier League that concedes less goals, but at the same time, and despite their talented forwards, United are not a team that scores lots of goals. Set pieces, creating long shot opportunities, creating chances using through balls and through individual skill are their main offensive strengths, with Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lingard and Martial, among others, are really fast and talented players, capable of making the difference at any moment.

In their last 5 official games, Manchester United has a record of 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 1-1 home draw against Swansea City. This result was followed by a 0-1 away victory at Celta de Vigo’s home, for the Europa League, a 2-0 away defeat against Arsenal, a 1-1 home draw against Celta de Vigo, for the Europa League, and in their last clash, a 2-1 away defeat against Tottenham. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ibrahimovic, Fosu-Mensah and Ashley Young are all out due to injury. Paul Pogba was involved in Sunday’s match against Tottenham due to the death of his father and Mourinho does not expect him back for Wednesday’s match.

Probable Lineup: Gea – Valencia, Smalling, Bailly and Darmian – Herrera and Fellaini – Mata, Mkhitaryan and Martial – Rashford.

Southampton has only won 2 of their last 8 direct clashes, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 5.

Manchester United
EFL Cup 2016/17
Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
Premier League 2016/17
Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Premier League 2015/16
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United
Premier League 2015/16
Manchester United 0-1 Southampton
Premier League 2014/15
Southampton 1-2 Manchester United
Premier League 2014/15
Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
Premier League 2013/14
Manchester United 1-1 Southampton
Premier League 2013/14

Expect a game with little excitement between two teams that are very defensive and score few goals per game.

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Under 2.5 Goals 1.75 Bet365
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium
  • City: Southampton
  • Establishment: 1885

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Manchester United
  • Country: England
  • Stadium: Old Trafford
  • City: Manchester
  • Establishment: 1878

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Fábio Mota
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