Whenever Manchester United are odds-on to win a football match, one tends to tread carefully considering that Jose Mourinho’s side barely deserved a point against Crystal Palace, let alone three.
However, that won’t stop punters backing them to beat Southampton away in the Premier League this Saturday at 17/20 with William Hill, some of the opinion that this United team seem to flourish away from the pressure cooker atmosphere of Old Trafford.
Even so, we’re far more taken with the 11/4 with Bet365 that this clash ends all square. United might have won at Bournemouth and Juventus recently, but there was an element of fortune about both of those victories and they do struggle to create scoring chances.
Mark Hughes is brilliant at certain things. Moaning about referees has been a specialty for several years and he’s also got an excellent line in hard luck stories which helps to explain eight points accrued from thirteen games played.
In fairness to the Welshman, Southampton are effectively a bottom half Premier League side and they’re certainly not “too good” to go down anymore, with a lack of investment seeing them slide down the table and becoming Championship contenders these days.
The bookies are happy to lay the Saints at fancy prices for Saturday’s teatime encounter, with BetVictor typically best price at 17/5 that they manage to alleviate the gloom descending on St Mary’s by beating a Manchester United side who looked there for the taking last weekend.
Danny Ings should be back from the sidelines for this encounter and always seems to carry the strongest threat for Southampton, with the former Liverpool forward available at 15/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock against a Red Devils team, who did have a Champions League engagement on Tuesday.
Betting On Scorelines
A lot of recent positive results have come from Anthony Martial scoring goals, but the Frenchman can’t always be the match winner, even if the 5/1 with Betfair about him scoring the opening goal of the game could be appealing if he’s on spot kick duties.
A point would help Southampton steady the ship after losing 3-2 at Fulham and the focus will definitely be on keeping things tight against the Red Devils, with any Saints victory likely to be enjoyed by a slender margin.
Bet365 have 12/1 about a 1-0 win for Hughes’ side, which would see the manager claim an enormous amount of credit for sitting tight and beating his former club.
Back To Draw Bets
Perhaps we might see United involved in a second goal-less draw, which would focus the attention even further on Mourinho, with No Goalscorer priced at 11/1 with BetVictor. It’s fair to say that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling actually look quite settled in those centre back positions.
The bookies actually anticipate a few goals being scored and William Hill have 8/11 that both teams can find the net, although it’s a match where it’s hard to have a strong amount of confidence when it comes to any team.