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Man Utd v Southampton: Red Devils to squeeze past Saints again

| 07.01.2015

Manchester United make a welcome return to Old Trafford after a three-game stint on the road and having been in inspired form at home, Louis van Gaal’s side will be looking to complete the double over Southampton.

Ladbrokes certainly see that as the most plausible outcome, labelling United strong 17/20 favourites for the points, with Southampton out at 7/2 next to 13/5 on a draw.

We’ve checked the stats that matter and come up with three more top bets for the last fixture of the Premier League weekend.

Man Utd to win @ 17/20

The hosts are unbeaten in 10 league games and since holding Chelsea back in October, Van Gaal’s men have been churning out the wins at Old Trafford, recording five on the spin.

Despite Southampton having the lion’s share of the game at St.Mary’s they were still undone and the south-coast side have a terrible record at the 13-time Premier League champions.

Saints last won at Old Trafford in 1988, going on to lose 16 and draw three since then and Ronald Koeman’s side have also been robbed of Sadio Mane through injury, who had scored in each of his last three top-flight appearances.

1st-half result: Man Utd @ 11/8

A pattern has emerged at Old Trafford of the home side going into the break with an advantage.

In three of the last four games at the Theatre of Dreams the hosts have been 2-0 in front by the time the ref has blown for half-time.

Man Utd to win by a single goal @ 13/5

It was evident in the fortunate manner of the 2-1 win at St Mary’s and by Southampton’s current five-game unbeaten run that Red Devils will be made to work hard for this win.

The last four defeats Saints have endured all arrived by a single goal.

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

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Christian Crowther

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