While Louis van Gaal has had vast sums of cash to spend on world-class players, Ronald Koeman has had to deal with an exodus from St Mary’s although just a point separates the two teams coming into this match.
Therefore, it’s puzzling that you can get 4/1 with BetVictor about the visitors to Old Trafford this weekend, with the Saints outplaying their opponents in the reverse fixture only to be stung 2-1 by two Robin van Persie goals.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last five matches, including 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Everton and Arsenal respectively, while they also drew 1-1 with Chelsea over Christmas.
Manchester United are a 4/5 chance with Paddy Power to win the game, although Van Gaal has only just got Angel Di Maria back from injury and there are defensive problems with Luke Shaw and Rafael set to miss this game.
Indeed, the Red Devils defence is vulnerable as Stoke demonstrated on New Year’s Day, with Graziano Pelle potentially well-placed to take full advantage.
The draw is an 11/4 chance with bet365 and could be an outcome worth backing, while there is also the option to bet on the visitors at a tasty 27/10 when it comes to the Draw No Bet market.
This means you will get your money back if the game ends all square but still receive a handsome dividend should the Saints go marching home with all three points in the bag.
Posted: January 6th, 2015