Southampton might be hoping that the total return of followers to St Mary’s Stadium may also help them defy expectations. The ‘Saints’ have quite a lot of work to do after matchday one noticed them flip an HT lead right into a loss by 2+ targets for the primary time in a Premier League (PL) sport since December 2013, taking the shine off Adam Armstrong’s instinctive debut objective.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s males’ threat opening a league marketing campaign with back-to-back losses for a 3rd successive season and have by no means gone on to complete contained in the PL’s top-half when doing so. In this century alone, Southampton has misplaced their opening brace of PL video games on 4 occasions, however, they finally averaged a cushy 45.25 factors throughout these campaigns.
Manchester United ended game week one high of the PL after thrashing fierce rivals Leeds 5-1, throughout which Bruno Fernandes grew to become the primary participant to attain a gap day hat-trick for the ‘Pink Devils’ since 1977/78. That 5-1 result’s United’s joint-biggest PL season-opening win, and matched the beginning of their title-winning 2006/07 marketing campaign – the primary of three successive title wins!
Thanks partly to a club-record ten penalty targets in a single PL season final time period, the guests will journey to Hampshire as solely the third totally different membership to go unbeaten away in an English top-flight marketing campaign because they begin of 1888/89. They’ve additionally netted a spot-kick in three of their final 4 away league wins, with two of these conversions proving decisive.
Gamers to look at 4 of Southampton striker Adam Armstrong’s final 5 goal-scoring video games have seen each group mix for over 3.5 complete targets. Aiming to eclipse him, Paul Pogba bought 4 assists vs Leeds, to seal solely the third-ever PL match during which one Man Utd participant scored a hat-trick and one other recorded 3+ assists.
Scorching stat: Man Utd has a ‘matchday two’ draw price of 57.14% following an opening-day PL win by 3+ targets (W3, D4).