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Southampton vs Manchester United: Embrace Fellaini to break deadlock again

Southampton vs Manchester United Match Preview and Predictions

Southampton host Manchester United as one of only two teams yet to win a Premier League game at home this season.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Saints also dropped into the bottom three last weekend with a 3-2 defeat at Fulham in Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge of the Cottagers.

Manchester United finally had some good news in midweek although it took a last-minute Marouane Fellaini goal to see off Young Boys and secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Match information

When is it? Saturday 1st December

What time is kick-off? 17:30

Where is it being played? St Mary's Stadium

Which channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Who is the referee? Kevin Friend

Southampton vs Manchester United Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Jose Mourinho accused his players of lacking "heart" after last week's goalless draw with Crystal Palace and he responded by dropping Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to the bench for the game against Young Boys.

United were fortunate not to lose last Saturday and had Patrick van Aanholt and Andros Townsend not wasted chances, the Eagles could have been looking at a first league win at Old Trafford in nearly 20 years.

Premier League betting odds of 9/10 suggest United should beat a team that have picked up just four points from their six home games this season, all of which came from draws against Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle and Watford, but the Red Devils are looking predictable at the moment.

With United struggling to break down average teams like Palace and Young Boys, the first of our Southampton vs Manchester United predictions is at least one team not to score at 21/20.

That's been the case in the last five meetings between the teams and Southampton have failed to score in six of their 13 games, one fewer than Cardiff and Crystal Palace.

First goalscorer tips

Mourinho gave Fellaini a hug of relief at the end of the Young Boys game and the midfielder is one of the few players to have escaped criticism from the United boss over the last couple of seasons.

The Belgian popped up with the winner on Tuesday and with not many goals expected at St Mary's, he could be the man to break the deadlock again at 10/1.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Jesse Lingard has yet to score for United this season but he bagged back-to-back goals for England against the USA and Croatia in mid-November and we fancy the midfielder to be in the mix on Saturday night.

Lingard scored 13 goals in all competitions last season and was denied his first goal of the current campaign by a superb Wayne Hennessey save last weekend, so he gets our vote at 3/1 in the anytime scorer odds.

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Where the game will be won or lost

Southampton are a team struggling for goals with only Huddersfield and Crystal Palace (eight) scoring fewer than their 10 this season.

Matters have not been helped by the loss of Danny Ings to a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Watford a few weeks ago.

Charlie Austin failed to take his opportunity at Fulham and Manolo Gabbiadini fluffed his lines during the penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw with Leicester in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in midweek.

United may have failed to break down Palace last weekend but on the plus side that was just their second clean sheet of the season. With Saints toiling in front of goals we fancy the visitors to win and under 2.5 goals at 16/5 as the next of our Southampton vs Manchester United betting tips.

Finally, goals have been in short supply between the teams recently with two of the three matches ending 0-0, so we're going to push the boat out and go for the deadlock to be broken in the second half.

The timings graphic above suggests Saints are susceptible for most parts of the game, but both teams like to score between 51-60 minutes which is available at Premier League odds of 10/1.

Team news

Southampton will again be without on-loan forward Danny Ings who has been carrying a hamstring problem which saw him miss both last weekend's defeat at Fulham and the Carabao Cup exit at Leicester. Defender Ryan Bertrand is struggling with a back issue which has kept him outof full training, so will be assessed. Striker Shane Long continues treatment on his ankle injury.

Manchester United are without Alexis Sanchez for six weeks after he sustained a hamstring injury during a training session. Centre-back Victor Lindelof is out with a similar problem although he is only expected to be out for half the time. With Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian also on the sidelines, Mourinho is poised to hand a Premier League debut to teenage full-back Diogo Dalot.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

As poor as United have been lately, Southampton have been worse and were dragged into the relegation zone following a 3-2 defeat at Fulham last weekend. Jose Mourinho will be feeling slightly better after reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare and his side should have too much for a Saints team struggling for goals.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football