After a wobble that saw them lose four Premier League matches on the spin, Southampton have really turned the corner, picking up an impressive ten points from four unbeaten matches against Everton, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal.
That run has propelled Saints back into the race for Champions League places but Ronald Koeman’s troops face a real test of their top four mettle this weekend as they visit third-placed Manchester United.
Aided by home advantage, Louis van Gaal’s side get the nod from bookies, Stan James installing them as 5/6 favourites while the visitors are as high as 19/5 with BetVictor and it’s 14/5 via Paddy Power for Southampton to snare an impressive point.
The latter might attract cash given that United have shared the spoils in three of their last four but the hosts possess the second best home record in the top flight, having won eight and drawn one of their nine Old Trafford assignments since the opening day defeat to Swansea and subsequently they should have the edge.
Nevertheless, Saints can ensure it’s a tight affair so BetVictor’s 14/5 about a United triumph by a one goal margin catches the eye and as it’s likely that both teams will find the net (10/11, William Hill), a case can be made for bet365’s 8/1 about van Gaal’s men nicking it 2-1, just as they did in December’s reverse fixture at St Mary’s Stadium.
Robin van Persie meanwhile, bagged both goals for Manchester United in that one and he’s 4/1 at betway to break the deadlock again.
Man Utd to beat Southampton by a one-goal margin – 14/5 (BetVictor)