Manchester United entertain Southampton on Friday evening as Premier League football returns to Old Trafford for the first time this season. The Reds got off to a positive start last weekend against Bournemouth as they ran out 3-1 winners with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all getting on the scoresheet. Southampton finished just three points and one placed behind United last season as they qualified for the Europa League in sixth place. They opened their account last weekend with a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Watford.
The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:
Manchester United win – 4/9
Draw – 10/3
Southampton win – 13/2
As you’d expect, United are odds-on favourites to beat Southampton on Friday however the Saints have left Old Trafford with maximum points on their last two visits. A £10.00 stake on a home win at 4/9 returns £14.44.
Match Result and Both Teams to Score
Manchester United – 13/5
Draw – 9/2
Southampton – 10/1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened his Premier League account for the season on Sunday when he netted from range on his debut against Bournemouth in the 3-1 victory for the Reds. The serial title winner needs no introduction and is already becoming a favourite among the Old Trafford faithful. The big Swede is 21/20 to score anytime and 10/3 to grab the games first goal. You can also back Ibra to score two or more goals at 5/1 and a hat-trick is priced at a cool 25/1.
20-year-old Anthony Martial ended his first season in England as United’s top scorer in all competitions following his eyebrow-raising transfer fee from Monaco last summer. The Frenchman scored 17 goals in all competitions with 11 of those coming in the Premier League, 2 of which came against Southampton in the 3-2 win at St Mary’s last September. Martial is 15/8 to get on the scoresheet at any time and 11/2 to open the scoring.
The Saints have a pretty good record at Old Trafford in recent years. They’ve won on both of their last two visits to Manchester, winning by the same 1-0 scoreline. Dusan Tadic scored the only goal of the game back in January 2015 while Charlie Austin netted on his debut for Southampton back in January of this year. Tadic is 19/5 to score anytime while Austin is priced slightly better at 18/5. Tadic and Austin are also priced at a cool 12/1 and 11/1 respectively to score the game’s first goal.
The Reds head into this game hoping to stamp their authority on the top of the table before the rest of the league play their respective matches of the weekend. We all know how good Mourinho’s Chelsea side at home so we will be expecting more of the same from the Portuguese manager. A standard 2-0 home win is priced at 11/2. If you fancy a more high scoring contest, you can get odds of a huge 33/1 on a 3-2 United win – the same scoreline when the Reds beat Southampton at St Marys last season.
As previously mentioned, Southampton has come away from Old Trafford 1-0 winners on the last two occasions, both under the management of Louis van Gaal. Fancy history to repeat itself for the third time? 16/1 says they make it a treble of 1-0 victories at the Theatre of Dreams.
Goals, Goals, Goals
Each of United’s last three league games (going back to last season) have seen four or more goals scored. The 3-2 defeat to West Ham United last term and each of the 3-1 wins over Bournemouth at the end of last season and the start of this campaign. You’d think that Mourinho’s men will be defensively solid, especially at home but if you fancy four or more goals in the match, a £10.00 stake will return £34.00 at odds of 12/5.
Bet of the Day
My bet of the day revolves around United’s top scorer last term, Anthony Martial. The Frenchman was lively against Bournemouth last weekend and registered two assists. We all know he loves to cut inside from the left and for that I’m going for Martial to score anytime and Manchester United to win at 19/10. A £10.00 stake returns £29.00 including your stake will William Hill.
*All odds are correct as of Thursday 18th August and are subject to change