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Southampton vs Manchester United

Southampton vs Manchester United – Manchester United travel to St. Mary’s Stadium on 17th May, Wednesday to face Southampton in their penultimate English Premier League fixture.

Manchester United are sixth in the league standings with sixty-five points while Southampton are eighth with forty-five points. Both clubs are likely to maintain their current positions for the final standings and Jose Mourinho’s side are focussing on the UEFA Europa League to help them qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Southampton won 2-1 against Middlesbrough in their last game while Manchester United lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in their previous fixture.

Team News

Virgil van Dijk and Alex McCarthy miss out due to injuries while Matt Targett is unfit. Manchester United will be without the injured Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ashley Young.

Southampton Possible Starting Lineup: Ben Forster, Cedric Soares, Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic, Nathan Redmond, Manolo Gabbiadini.

Manchester United Possible Starting Lineup: Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney.

“Now it’s time to play two good games to close the Premier League and reach the Europa League final in the best shape that we can. It’s true that the calendar has been hectic over the last two months, but we have to push hard now to try to win the three remaining games. We really want to.”

– Jose Mourinho, Manchester United.

Contributor’s Pick

According to Southampton vs Manchester United H2H Stats, the last five matches between these two clubs have resulted in three wins for Manchester United and two wins for Southampton.

In fact, Manchester United have won 7 of their last 8 away matches against Southampton in all competitions. Southampton have failed to score in any of their last three home games. A 1-0 win for Manchester United is the most likely result tonight.

KENYA Manu2016 Southampton managed to end their winless streak at the weekend as they beat the already relegated Middlesbrough 2-1 away from home, to follow on from defeats to Manchester City, Cheslea, and Arsenal and draws against Hull and Liverpool.

This has lifted them into 9th position in the Premier League, and whilst 7th placed Everton are well out of reach, West Brom only lead them on goal difference. The Saints do still have some small amount of incentive for the remaining two games of the season.

St. Mary’s Stadium has by no means been a fortress this season, but Southampton welcomed Charlie Austin back from injury from the bench at the weekend as there is a real chance he could return to the starting lineup on Wednesday. He would definitely like to end the season on a high after his excellent start to life at Southampton was cut short through injury.

Manchester United aren’t exactly in the best of form either. They lost 2-1 at Spurs on Sunday to make it three games without a win in all competitions. In the Premier League this run stretches back four games, with the last two of these ending in defeat.

This is perhaps understandable, as Jose Mourinho has already revealed that the remaining Premier League games don’t matter much, with his focus being on the Europa League Final next week instead. That is their one remaining realistic route into the Champions League.

Manchester United’s focus on their trip to Stockholm next week would indicate that a weakened team will be fielded in the remaining league fixtures, and with them already ravaged by injury this leaves them very short of top quality players.

This, along with their lack of incentive and form at the moment, puts the advantage firmly in Southampton’s favour in my eyes. I can’t see the visitors winning this match, so I’m backing a Southampton 0.0 Asian Handicap at 1.930 along with a 2-1 correct score predictions at 10/1.

Southampton to win 2-1

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