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Southampton – Man Utd

Southampton Manchester United prediction

Southampton and Manchester United will square off in a midweek Premier League clash, with neither team having much left to fight for.

The Saints are on the back of a 2-1 win on the road against Middlesbrough, but it was their first victory in the last 6 matches. Southampton knew for some time that they can`t qualify for Europa League, so the bad run might have had a lot to do with motivation. The hosts are left playing for honor and to try and finish as high as possible (they will likely end up 8th, 9th or 10th).

Manchester United is in a midst of a very bad run, claiming just 2 points in the last 4 Premier League matches and losing the last two, against Arsenal and Tottenham, both on the road. The Devils now know that they can`t finish Top 4 and their only objective as the season ends is winning the Europa League final, whoch would also grant them Champions League qualification.

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Team news & lineups:

Southampton will miss Van Dijk and McCarthy, while Long, Targett, McQueen and Boufal are questionable. Manchester United has a lengthy injury list: Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Blind, De Gea, Shaw, Valencia, Young and Fosu-Mensah are all out.

Southampton: Forster – Soares, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand – Davis, Romeu – Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond – Gabbiadini

Manchester United: Romero – Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Darmian – Fellaini, Herrera – Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Mata – Rooney

Neither team is playing well right now and neither has anything left to fight for, so you wouldn`t expect much urgency from either Southampton or Manchester United in this match. Key injuries for both sides will also affect their level of play.

This could well end up being a boring, slow match, with mistakes from both teams. It`s also an evenly matched clash on paper, so a draw looks like it could be the most likely result.

United of course has been ultra prone to draws this season (14 in 36 matches), while Southampton also has 9 draws in 36 outings. There hasn`t been a draw between these two sides in the last 6 H2H meetings, but all of them were close – 5 finishing with a 1 goal win, and one with a 2 goal win.

Betting on the draw always holds a little bit of risk, but looking at the odds I think it`s a great bet to take here with small – medium stakes. It`s hard to say that the draw is less likely than a home or away win, so I don`t think odds should be above 3.00 for a tie game.

My tip is a draw. Prediction: Southampton – Manchester United 1-1.

Pick: Draw
Odds: 3.36 @ 1xBet
Stake: 4
Possible profit: 9.44
Event date: 17 May

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