Man United vs SouthamptonEnglish Premier League, KO: 20:00 Jul 13, 2020, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER United will be presented with the opportunity to take a place in the top-four of the Premier League on Monday night when they meet Southampton at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have been rampant since the restart and their upturn in fortunes sees them in the midst of a 17 match unbeaten run across all competitions.
Last time out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side made light work of Aston Villa when cruising to a 3-0 victory at Villa Park – a fixture that saw both of my recommended bets land.
That latest success coupled with Chelsea's 3-0 setback away at Sheffield United on Saturday has given United a huge chance to seize the initiative in what is a fiercely competitive top-four race.
Standing in Man United's way of a fifth successive home win in the Premier League is a Southampton side who have shown admirable powers of recovery this season under the stewardship of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Since the restart the Saints have taken 10 points from a possible 15 with their most notable scalp coming last Sunday when they stunned star-studded Man City 1-0 at St Mary's.
Manchester United have won seven of their last nine Premier League matches and the hosts are heavily fancied on Monday night where they are at a best 1/3 with Boylesports.
Southampton have failed to topple Man United in their last eight attempts and the bookies expect that sequence to be extended with an away win trading at a whopping 10/1 with BetVictor while the draw is also deemed unlikely at 5/1 with UniBet.
Indeed, Manchester United have been red-hot since the restart, however, I wouldn't be surprised if this clash turns out to be a lot closer than what the betting suggests.
The Saints boast the fifth-best road record in the division and they have made the net bulge in all but two of their last 17 top-flight road trips.
What's more, Saints boss Hasenhuttl has one of the deadliest strikers in the division at his disposal in the shape of Danny Ings who has notched an eye-catching 19 league goals this season thus far.
With that in mind, coupled with the fact that relegation-threatened Bournemouth managed to breach United's backline twice last weekend, value could lie in backing the Saints to get on the scoresheet at 5/6 with Genting – a punt that would have paid out in eight of Southampton's last 10 matches across all competitions.
Whether or not the visitors can get on the scoreboard remains to be seen, however, the Saints will be hard tasked when trying to shutout a Man United team who made history on Thursday night when becoming the first-ever team to win four consecutive Premier League games by a winning margin of three or more goals.
The Red Devils revival has coincided with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes who's delightful displays have brought some traditional swagger back to United's style of play.
Solskjaer's side have slammed in 15 goals across their five league games since the resumption and collectively their front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have racked up an eye-watering 56 strikes between them this season to date.
United's blistering form as well as their quest for Champions League does not bode well for a Southampton side who have recorded just three clean sheets in their last 15 away assignments across all competitions.
For reasons already discussed, backing a home win alongside both teams to score takes appeal at 19/10 with Betway, however, rather than hanging my hat on a Saints strike I'm also going to throw in a Bet 365 Bet Builder that has caught my eye.
Combining a Man United win, over one match goal, over 1 match card and over five match corners looks nicely priced at 4/5 with Bet 365 – a betting angle that has clicked in each of the Saints last five defeats.
This English Premier League match between Man United and Southampton will be played on Jul 13, 2020 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Man United vs Southampton prediction.