Southampton put an end to a five match winless streak as they scored for the first time in four at an already relegated Middlesbrough. Claude Puel’s side have had a poor season at St Mary’s, winning only six of 17 so far as they’ve struggled up front, averaging just one goal a game. Only Boro and Sunderland have worse home scoring records than this and as a result 10 have had fewer than three strikes, while 12 have been level at the break.
Defeat at Spurs has now stretched Man Utd’s winless streak to four games, three of which have come on the road, though they’ve all been against teams above them in the table. Excluding the top-six, United’s record away from Old Trafford is and impressive W10-D2-L1, with the one defeat coming back in September.
The best performance the Saints have put up against a top-six side this season was against Utd in the EFL Cup final where they were unlucky to lose 3-2. In the league, they’ve lost eight of 11 winless matches, including four of five at home where they netted just once. However, four of these were level at the break and with the sole focus for Mourinho now the Europa League it’s difficult to know how strong the visitors starting XI will be, and so we don’t expect too many fireworks in this one. We’re backing the half-time draw.
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