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8pm – 19.08.16 – Old Trafford
Man Utd v Southampton
Old Trafford has the honour of hosting the Premier League’s first Friday Night Football. The atmosphere will no doubt be electric given the renewed optimism amongst the Man Utd fans following big summer signings and a winning start to Mourinho’s tenure at Bournemouth last week. Southampton visit after sharing the spoils with Watford at home in their opener and the south-coast club have proven to be somewhat of a bogey side in recent years when they’ve made the long trip up to Manchester, going unbeaten in their last three visits.
Utd’s record read W4-D4-L1 when top-half teams visited last term. Six of these were level at half-time and the only defeat actually came against Southampton. Mourinho will want to improve on this and aim to bring a fear factor back to the Theatre of Dreams, but in what could be our first sighting of the returning Paul Pogba it may take a few games for all the new stars to gel.
Surely Claude Puel will employ the same tactics his predecessor Ronald Koeman did when securing consecutive 1-0 victories here: sitting in and then hitting their opponents on the counter in the second-half. With a solid defence and the likes of Shane Long and Nathan Redmond in the team it seems a logical move. With this in mind the half-time draw looks tempting.
Best Bet: Half-time draw at 2.25
Both teams have scored in Manchester United’s last three league matches. Yes Both Teams To Score Bet 2.10
There have been Under 2.5 goals in the last three Southampton away league matches against Manchester United. Under Total Goals 2.5 Bet 1.83
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