Manchester United vs Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Manchester United vs Southampton Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Manchester United and Southampton face off at Wembley Stadium on 26/02/17 with the first silverware of the English domestic season up for grabs in the EFL Cup final. United were comfortable winners in midweek, seeing off Saint-Etienne 1-0 away from home to move into the last 16 of the Europa League. Southampton meanwhile will have had over two weeks since their last competitive game by the time this game comes around, last beating Sunderland 4-0 away from home in the Premier League. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Manchester United come into this game as clear favourites, something they as a club will have long become used to by now. On paper, they should win but Southampton’s amazing run to the final should not be underestimated, keeping out Arsenal and Liverpool - both of whom sit above United in the table - in their respective meetings on the route to Wembley. As such, I can see United having a tough time against Southampton and am backing an upset to occur.

Southampton to lift the trophy - 15/8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime - EVS

Southampton to win 2-1 - 14/1

Man United Preview

Manchester United had little trouble in seeing off Saint-Etienne last time out, coming through their second leg with the Ligue 1 outfit with a comfortable 1-0 win. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the game’s only goal after sixteen minutes, and although Eric Bailly was sent off with half an hour to play, it ultimately had little implication on the overall result. Both Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic played 90 minutes and did so unscathed, although the same can’t be credited to Michael Carrick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who both picked up knocks and are now doubtful here. Jose Mourinho’s men come into this game off the back of five consecutive wins in all competitions, keeping four clean sheets in the process and remain unbeaten in their last sixteen Premier League games, last falling to defeat four months ago on October 23. Having won at Wembley in the FA Cup final last season and in the Community Shield in August, these will be familiar surroundings for much of the United squad, a factor which must be taken into account. For the likes of Pogba and Ibrahimovic in particular this is a real opportunity for them to cement their place in United folklore and games of such magnitude were the main reason behind bringing both to Old Trafford in the summer. For Wayne Rooney, this could be the last time he steps onto the pitch as a United player with a move to China on the cards and will hope lifting the trophy will be his final act as United captain.

Southampton Preview

Southampton will hope their prolonged break from competitive football will leave them feeling refreshed rather than rusty, after waiting over two weeks to play since their 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland last time out. Manolo Gabbiadini - who has surely booked his place in the starting XI after just two appearances for his new club - sent the Saints on their way at the Stadium of Light, fortuitously bundling in the first with his hand before a razor-sharp turn and finish doubled his side’s lead and his tally for the game. Claude Puel’s men were then made to wait until the end of the second half for the next two goals, with a Jason Denayer own goal swiftly followed by Shane Long’s calm finish on the counter attack to make it four. Given the fixture congestion Southampton have been forced to deal with throughout the season, a two-week rest period probably wasn’t the worst thing for them to contend with. Having such a positive result in their last game can only boost confidence and their run to Wembley has been an incredibly admirable one. Southampton have faced Premier League opposition in every round to this point in Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool over two legs, becoming the first side ever to reach the League Cup final without conceding a goal along the way. Puel’s biggest dilemma will be whether to start new signing Martin Caceres in defence or stick with Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens as his defensive partnership.

Man United Team News

Phil Jones (foot), Michael Carrick (calf) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (hamstring) all look set to miss out for United on the chance to play at Wembley. Wayne Rooney (muscle) is back in training and could be included in the eighteen. Marouane Fellaini could be handed a start in the absence of Carrick in midfield.

Southampton Team News

Virgil Van Dijk (ankle), Matt Targett (knee), Jeremy Pied (cruciate ligament) and Charlie Austin (shoulder) will all be sidelined for Southampton through injury. Sofiane Boufal (ankle) will be assessed as he looks to shake off a knock in time to feature in the matchday squad. Manolo Gabbiadini will start up front.

Manchester United saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Southampton saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Manchester United Form Guide

Manchester United Team Logo

Manchester United

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
L H

28-07-2018

Champions Cup

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

01-08-2018

Champions Cup

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Bayern Munich Team Logo Bayern Munich

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

10-08-2018

Premier League

Leicester City Team Logo Leicester City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

19-08-2018

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 3 - 2

(HT 3 - 1)

L H

27-08-2018

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-09-2018

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

15-09-2018

Premier League

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

19-09-2018

Champions League Grp. H

Young Boys Team Logo Young Boys

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D H

22-09-2018

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Southampton Form Guide

Southampton Team Logo

Southampton

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Dijon Team Logo Dijon

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

01-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team Logo Borussia Moenchengladbach

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

12-08-2018

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

18-08-2018

Premier League

Everton Team Logo Everton

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

25-08-2018

Premier League

Leicester City Team Logo Leicester City

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

01-09-2018

Premier League

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

17-09-2018

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

22-09-2018

Premier League

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

Manchester United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Southampton Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Manchester United vs Southampton Sidelined Players

Manchester United
22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Injured
Southampton
26 Jeremy Pied Injured
10 Charlie Austin Injured
17 Virgil van Dijk Injured
33 Matt Targett Injured
13 Alex McCarthy Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK David De Gea 192 76
5 RB Marcos Rojo 187 85
3 CD Eric Bailly 187 77
25 LB Antonio Valencia 180 78
12 CD Chris Smalling 194 81
11 CM Anthony Martial 181 76
8 CM Juan Mata 170 61
14 CM Jesse Lingard 175 60
6 CDM Paul Pogba 191 84
21 CDM Ander Herrera 182 73
9 CF Zlatan Ibrahimovic 195 95
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Fraser Forster 201 93
3 CD Maya Yoshida 189 78
24 CD Jack Stephens 185 84
21 RB Ryan Bertrand 179 85
2 LB Cedric Soares 172 67
11 AM Dusan Tadic 181 76
22 RM Nathan Redmond 173 75
16 LM James Ward-Prowse 173 66
8 CM Steven Davis 173 72
14 CM Oriol Romeu 183 79
20 CF Manolo Gabbiadini 181 81