Southampton against Manchester United will be a match full of goals. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have been in a free-scoring form at home while they have also conceded quite a lot of goals. In their last 15 home games, the Saints have managed to concede at least a goal and score at least one in 14.
Considering that they will go into this match on the high after two consecutive wins against Brighton and also Fulham in the EFL Cup, Southampton will once again commit lots of men forward to try and win three in a row.
However, on top of trying to score they will most likely concede some goals too. They were the fourth-worst defensive team at home last season so that in turn should also result in some goals in their net. Only Burnley and the relegated duo of Cardiff and Huddersfield conceded more than the 30 goals the Saints conceded in their 19 home matches last season.
United are in a Similar Predicament
The notion that this match will result in lots of goals is made even stronger by United’s away form last season. In 2018/2019, the Red Devils were part of 13 away matches which ended with over 2.5 goals on the score sheet. That is close to 70% of their matches away from home ending with three goals or more.
They scored a lot in those matches but also conceded quite a lot too. United scored 32 goals and conceded 29 in their 19 away games last season.
This also resulted in a lot of matches ending with both teams scoring. In fact, close to two-thirds of United’s away matches last season ended with United scoring and conceding at least one goal.
High Scoring Game
All in all, punters would be foolish not to back both teams to score and the match to end with more than 2.5 goals. Backing both teams to score comes with enticing odds of 1.75 while backing the match to end with more than 2.5 goals comes with odds of 1.91. Combining these two propositions and backing the match to end in both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals being scored comes with the best odds of 2.25.