After losing their two opening games, Southampton’s win at Brighton last week broke a poor run of seven league matches without success. Despite their 16th-place Premier League (PL) finish last season, they lost just 31.58% of their home league games. In a further boost, the ‘Saints’ haven’t lost their opening two home league games since season 2012/13.
Despite a balanced home league record in the last 15 games (W5, D5, L5), Southampton started well in this sequence, taking the lead in ten. However, they only went on to win 40% of those ten games while unsurprisingly 14 of the 15 saw both teams score.
After thumping Chelsea in their opening PL game, Manchester United have claimed just one point in their subsequent two PL games, including a draw in their one away trip (to Wolves). Away from home last season, United had the joint-fourth best record in terms of points gained and goals scored, with an average of 1.58 points and 1.68 goals per game.
United’s away league games in 2018/19 were high-scoring with over 2.5 goals in 68.42% of the matches, the joint-second highest in the PL. They struggled for clean sheets away from home in the PL last campaign though, with 63.16% of their matches seeing both teams scoring.
Players to watch: Nathan Redmond (SOU) hit four home league goals last season, with three of those coming in the opening period. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial’s (MUN) last three away PL goals have come before half-time after the 22nd minute.
Stat attack: Southampton conceded more home league goals (nine) in the final 15 minutes than any other PL side last season.
United are unbeaten in the last eight H2H league games at Southampton (W5, D3).
United have failed to win any of their last five PL away matches (D2, L3), scoring just three goals in this sequence.
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Referee: Dean M. (Eng),
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)