Southampton vs Manchester United Preview 22/08/2021

There are three matches to be played in the English Premier League on Sunday the 22nd of August including the meeting between Southampton and Manchester United.

The game will be played at St. Mary’s Stadium and the hosts begin the weekend in 16th place, yet to get off the mark this season, while the visitors are top of the table having won their first fixture.

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Southampton come into the match following a 3-1 defeat at Everton last weekend. Southampton opened the scoring after 22 minutes and it was new striker, Adam Armstrong, who scored the goal with a good finish. The Saints were leading 1-0 at half time but things soon went downhill in the second half as Everton scored the equaliser in the 47th minute and added two more goals in the final 14 minutes of the game to take maximum points.

Southampton will be disappointed they did not take something from the match and will be looking to improve in the final quarter of the game this weekend. Defeat against Everton means Southampton have lost each of their last 3 Premier League games but have remained undefeated in 4 of their last 5 at home.

Trends show Southampton are on a poor run of 12 Premier League matches in which they have allowed at least 1 goal. In addition, Southampton have been defeated by 2 or more goals in all of their 3 most recent clashes in the Premier League.

Manchester United make the trip to the south coast full of confidence following their thumping 5-1 victory over Leeds United last weekend. Despite conceding an equalising goal at the beginning of the second half, Manchester United were on top for most of the game and produced a tremendous attacking display to score 4 goals in a 16 minute spell to secure all 3 points.

That result means Manchester United are undefeated in 30 of their last 33 Premier League fixtures. Both teams scored in all of Manchester United’s last 6 Premier League matches but they have a fantastic record away from home having gone all of last season without tasting defeat on the road.

Looking ahead to the teams and Southampton are without the injured duo of Sam McQueen and William Smallbone. Jan Bednarek and Kyle Walker-Peters could come into the starting XI in defence, with Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Tella and Nathan Redmond competing for places in attacking midfield.

Manchester United are without Alex Telles and Marcus Rashford due to injury while Dean Henderson continues to recover from COVID-19. Jadon Sancho will hope to start and could come into the team at the expense of Dan James. Raphael Varane may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Manchester United looked like a team ready to challenge for the title last week and they should score the goals to win this match. Southampton could find the back of the net themselves but we expect to see Manchester United come away with maximum points.

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