The Red Devils are red hot favourites to win their Friday night Premier League encounter with Southampton, especially after swatting aside Southampton’s south coast neighbours Bournemouth 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Read our tips to make sure you profit from this betting opportunity.
Prediction: United can take an early lead, and keep it
Given how many people are predicting a comfortable Manchester United win, the odds of 4/9 being offered by Bet365 on a home win are understandably short. Yet there is still value to be found, especially when you consider how quickly Jose Mourinho’s side has raced into the lead in the matches since he took over at the club.
In his two competitive matches so far – the Community Shield win over Leicester City and last weekend’s win at Bournemouth – Manchester United have led at both the half-time whistle and at the full-time whistle. In both games they took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room at the break, before winning 2-1 at Wembley and 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
That’s why a half-time/full-time bet for United/United could be a good tip and it is priced at odds of 6/5 by Bet365. Even under Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils had the third best record after taking the lead out of all Premier League teams last season and they should be even more skilled at shutting up shop to protect a lead under Jose Mourinho – a man whose Chelsea side was famous for scoring early before bubble-wrapping and protecting 1-0 or 2-0 leads.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, United certainly have the firepower up front to score a first half goal. If they do so, it is hard to envisage them losing that lead.
Tips: Southampton are looking for their third consecutive win to nil at Old Trafford
If United are to suffer a shock loss in this match, then Southampton probably need to keep a clean sheet over the whole 90 minutes. That’s exactly what they did on their last two visits to Old Trafford and they were able to win both of those games by a 1-0 scoreline. They will be looking to upset the Manchester crowd for a third consecutive Premier League season and the odds on them securing yet another win to nil are 10/1 with Bet365.
Saints boss Claude Puel would certainly be smiling all the way back home if his side can pull that off, and anyone sticking a tenner on that bet based on our tips would be just as pleased at the £100 coming their way.