Southampton vs Manchester United Odds, Betting Preview, Tips: Bet On Dull Affair

James Ward-ProwseSquads who currently sit in the bottom half of the Premier League table meet at St Mary’s on Saturday (12.30pm; TV: Live on BT Sport 1). Southampton are in 11th with four points from their opening three games while opponents Manchester United are down in 14th.

It had been a miserable start to the campaign for Erik Ten Hag’s United side who lost their opening matches to Brighton and Brentford respectively. Victory at home to Liverpool on Monday night could, however, give the Red Devils some confidence as they travel down to the South Coast. That win has helped Manchester United’s odds shorten and many UK-facing bookmakers are offering 3/4 on the away win. The draw is next up at 3/1 while victory for Southampton is only just behind at 16/5.

This Saints vs MUFC preview has taken a closer look at United’s form guide but what about Southampton? Their tally of four points includes a 4-1 defeat on the opening weekend at Spurs, followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds United and a 2-1 win away to struggling Leicester last time out.

There will certainly be a feeling that Manchester United have turned a corner but there is work still to be done. Away from home, Ten Hag’s men have looked vulnerable and the Saints will be hopeful of claiming a point at the very least.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to open the scoring at 10/3 but his treatment by Manchester United would make this a riskier option than the numbers suggest. Ronaldo started on the subs’ bench against Liverpool and didn’t come on until the 86th minute.

Marcus Rashford, who scored the second goal on Monday night, could be a better selection at 7/1. Other contenders from within the Manchester United dressing room include Anthony Elanga at 11/1 and Jadon Sancho, who opened the scoring against Liverpool and is also quoted at 11/1.

The first name from a Southampton point of view is Che Adams who is quoted at 8/1 in places. Another player to consider is James Ward-Prowse at 11/1. Ward-Prowse opened the Saints’ account for the season with the first against Tottenham and is a regular scorer from behind the front men.

Moving away from player options, Both Teams to Score is on offer for Saturday at best industry odds of 8/13. If you feel that either, or both sides can keep a clean sheet, you can opt to take the ‘no’ bet on BTTS which is listed at a top price of 31/20 (just over 6/4).

In the Total Combined Goals market, this preview will start with the Over the 2.5 line pick which is listed at a general 4/7. We can take that a step further at Over 3.5 goals which currently returns 6/4. Anyone expecting a dour 90 minutes on Saturday lunchtime can claim 7/5 to go Under the 2.5 goal line.

That just leaves us with some Correct Score betting tips and, if you think Manchester United will carry over their momentum from Monday night, a 2-0 away win is on offer at 10/1. The same scoreline in favour of Southampton goes all the way out to 28/1 while the 1-1 draw can be found at 15/2.

Our Preview’s Saints FC vs MUFC Betting Tips Verdict

Having read other previews of Saturday’s match, there seems to be a consensus that Manchester United have turned the corner but why should that be the case? The Red Devils were always going to raise their game against big rivals Liverpool, but the overriding form guide is poor within the camp.

According to other reports, Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhüttl had lost the dressing room and he was likely to be the first manager to leave his Premier League post. In fact, he’s merely the fourth favourite in the Sack Race odds behind Brendan Rodgers, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

This does, however, tell us that we have two unhappy teams on show at St Mary’s and that could lead to a dull 90 minutes. We’re edging towards a draw but we’re more certain that there won’t be too many goals in Saturday’s encounter.

So, we’ll sign off with two betting tips for this preview – No on Both Teams to Score and Under 2.5 Goals. They are similar but it’s hard to find a likely goalscorer from either side. The best value in this respect could be a stake on the Anytime Goal market on James Ward-Prowse at 15/4 while those same 15/4 odds might tempt us into a small wager on Christian Eriksen.

We’re not expecting entertainment but are looking for the following to make it a profitable 90 minutes on the South Coast. You could just pick one of these options to have a wager on, or halve your stake and do both, as they are both along the same lines:

  • Both Teams to Score: Bet ‘No’ at best odds of 31/20 (just over 6/4) with BetVictor.
  • Under 2.5 goals at biggest odds of 7/5, also with BetVictor.