Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Southampton

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Updated: October 8, 2013
Man U

Match Date: 19 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Old Trafford, Greater Manchester

 

Manchester United

The defending champions were in relative crisis in the majority of their run this season. Their fifth and sixth matches were particularly unsightly, pounded by Manchester City in a 4-1 finish and slammed by West Bromwich with a one-goal lead. Thanks to the 1-2 away success over Sunderland in their most recent fight, The Red Devils breathed a fine part of life from their back-to-back defeats. Nevertheless, they are still several notches away from the top spot, and with increasingly strong Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea rioting toward the highest ranks, Manchester United are in a gigantic challenge to defend their crown.

 

Southampton

Last season’s 14th placers are doing remarkably well this term. The side kicked off their campaign with a satisfying win over West Bromwich and followed it up with an intense fight with Sunderland which eventually ended in a draw. In their last three matches, the side achieved clean sheets, winning massively over opponent clubs such as Crystal Palace, Swansea City, and most impressively, Liverpool. The Saints have so far only been defeated once in the tournament, which they incurred after brawling with Norwich City 1-0. While they are noted for their carelessness in front of goal, they boast of steadfast defense which could serve as viable compensation for their deficiency.

 

Football betting tip: The last five (or so) meetings between these sides saw Manchester United winning all of the clashes single-handedly. But in the current season, Southampton are showing signs that they will bask in much better pitch spectacle. This can be evidently seen in their overall points, which presently posts at 14 compared to United’s only 10. When it comes to goals conceded, the visitors have less to worry about, but in terms of goals scored, the home side have more innings to be proud of. In this match, the sides will be scoring their very first draw since they did so in 1999—that’s 14 years ago!

 

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