Man United vs SouthamptonEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:15 Feb 2, 2021, Old Trafford
RECENT results suggest Manchester United may not have what it takes to forge a serious title charge this season but the Red Devils will have to dust themselves down for a Tuesday night tussle with Southampton at Old Trafford.
Last midweek Man United suffered their first Premier League loss since November when crashing to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to rock-bottom Sheffield United.
That blow against the Blades was not a performance to strengthen talk of title aspirations as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were knocked off the summit standings.
A dull goalless draw with Arsenal followed at the Emirates on Saturday and that means Manchester United can ill-afford to be found wanting when Southampton pitch up at the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday night.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's men are having a fine season but they have had a slump in form in recent weeks and head into this fixture in the midst of a three-match losing streak in the Premier League.
Having said that, the Saints will consider themselves unlucky to have not taken at least a point from their 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa on Saturday, on a night where VAR controversy once again took centre stage.
Manchester United triumphed in the reverse fixture back in November and the Red Devils are red-hot favourites here at 1/2 with TonyBet.
Southampton have failed to topple United in 10 attempts and the bookies odds suggest that trend is set to continue with a Saints success priced up at 11/2 with Bet 365, while a share of the spoils pays 10/3 with the same firm.
Manchester United are heavily fancied to get back to winning ways this midweek but I suspect this clash could be closer than the odds suggest.
Indeed, Southampton are enduring a bit of a wobble at the moment but they have already demonstrated this season that they can mix it with the division's heavyweights.
United, meanwhile, were winning with steel rather than style during their unbeaten sequence and I fancy the south coast visitors to keep this contest competitive.
With that in mind, I like the look of siding with Southampton with +1.25 start on the asian handicap at 4/5 with Genting.
Taking this approach would only see you completely out of pocket if Southampton lose the game by two or more goals, something that has happened just once across nine of the Saints Premier League road trips this term.
It's also worth noting that the above-mentioned betting angle would have banked profit in 10 of United's last 11 league matches and I'm more than happy to support the same formula on Tuesday night.
I'll also head to Bet 365's Bet Builder and combine Southampton to score and Southampton to receive at least one card, a nice looking 20/23 shot.
The Red Devils have failed to record a clean sheet in 14/21 Premier League matches this season and forward-thinking Southampton could have the tools to trouble United's unreliable rearguard.
Mike Dean has the whistle in Manchester this midweek so I'll throw in at least one Saints booking to boost up the Bet Builder price, not to mention Hasenhuttl's crew have collected at least one caution in seven of their last eight Premier League assignments.
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