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Southampton’s win price shows Old Trafford not the fortress of old

| 16.10.2013

Given that Manchester United have ended five of the last seven Premier League seasons with the best home record in the division and finished second in this particular table in the other two campaigns, it is fair to say that teams liable to finish around mid-table in the top-flight should be a long price to leave Old Trafford with three points.

However, the latest Premier League betting suggests that Old Trafford is no longer the fortress of days gone by.

Last season, Newcastle were 8/1 to win away to Man Utd despite finishing sixth in the campaign previous, while West Brom were 9/1 to leave Old Trafford with three points.

The current Southampton team is not too dissimilar to either of those mentioned above in terms of squad ability and league standing, and yet the Saints are a far shorter 11/2 to triumph at the Theatre of Dreams.

What is also interesting about this price is that it is shorter than the odds of both Hull and Norwich to win their next respective Premier League road trips.

Granted, neither will have it easy, but are Southampton more likely to win at Man Utd than Hull are to beat Everton away or Norwich are to leave the Emirates with maximum points?

The betting suggest they are, with Hull 13/2 to defeat Everton and Norwich the biggest priced of the duo to claim a victory against Arsenal at 15/2.

The reasons are clear for these prices, with Southampton unbeaten on the road and already leaving Anfield with a 1-0 victory. Meanwhile, Man Utd have won just one of their three home matches and this was not particularly inspiring against relegation favourites Crystal Palace.

Yet despite this, Hull may well be the best bet, bearing in mind they are unbeaten in their last five league games and Everton have lost two of their last three across league and cup.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.