Southampton’s bright start to the campaign has seen the South Coast team amass 26 points from 13 games played, although a 3-0 reverse at home to Manchester City suggests it could be a long hard Christmas for the Saints.
Ronald Koeman has done very well at St Mary’s although the fixture list has been initially kind and Southampton could find it tough going over the next few weeks, with Manchester United arriving at the worst time for the home side.
The Red Devils produced their best performance of the season when beating Hull City last weekend, having previously broken their away duck by landing victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Wayne Rooney has been in excellent form for club and country, with Robin van Persie responding to the competition being provided by Radamel Falcao, while the defence is also looking tighter thanks to the re-appearance of Marcos Rojo.
It all points to an away win at St Mary’s on Monday night, with bet365 going 8/5 about a victory for the visitors as United look to get into the top four reckoning and even have an outside sniff of the Premier League title.
Perhaps Angel Di Maria will be available again after a hamstring injury denied the Argentine a place in the squad against Stoke City, with Southampton having to work out how to get back to winning ways.
A 3-0 defeat against Man City suggests that the going could be tough in this match although we shouldn’t forget that the Saints enjoyed a flying start and Graziano Pelle will be looking to boost his goals tally for the season.
Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand are full-backs who wouldn’t look out of place at Old Trafford, although Morgan Schneiderlin is important to the function of this team and the Frenchman could be missing here.
It explains why Southampton are a 9/5 chance to win this game, with the draw priced at 12/5, with United perhaps not quite bankers on the road after being roundly outplayed by Arsenal before winning at the Emirates.
Posted: December 1st, 2014