Manchester United will be hoping their debacle against Liverpool is well and truly behind them when they entertain Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
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After a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool last weekend at Anfield, serious questions were asked of United as they crumbled in incredible fashion.
An emphatic 4-1 victory at home to Real Betis in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League on Thursday will have helped to repair some of the damage, but they will be desperate to rubber stamp third spot.
As far as Southampton are concerned, they are in a dogfight to salvage their Premier League status, but they enjoyed a priceless 1-0 win against Leicester last weekend.
But who will come out on top at Old Trafford? We have scoured the markets and picked out a couple of value tips for you to ponder over.
Manchester United to enjoy thumping win
Against Liverpool, United just seemed to lose their heads after going a goal down and things just spiralled out of control.
After suffering their heaviest defeat in 92 years, there was no hiding place for the Red Devils, who had been previously labelled as a “results machine” by Jurgen Klopp.
Of course, whenever United have lost this term, they have had to bite the dust – 4-0 away to Brentford, 6-3 at the Etihad to Manchester City, and so forth.
Despite all that, United have made serious progress under Erik ten Hag. Having already safely stowed away the EFL Cup, and aside from being involved in the FA Cup, they have one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Ten Hag was named Manager of the Month for February, and Southampton are deep in the mire. They have managed a paltry 20 goals in the league this season, and it’s hard to see them causing a big upset.
Instead of plumping for the Correct Score, I have gone for the winning margin market instead. And bet365 has obliged by offering odds of 5/1 for United to prevail by exactly three goals, which could be worth exploring.
Bruno Fernandes to end league drought
Bruno Fernandes is the sort of player who wears his heart on his sleeve, and the turmoil at Anfield was visible, and he incurred plenty of criticism for his on field behaviour.
But against Betis in the Europa League, he stepped up to the fore with a goal and an assist, and he looked transformed.
The Portuguese midfielder keeps everything ticking over in the middle of the park, and he has netted eight times in all competitions this term.
Perhaps more surprisingly, his last league strike came in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last month.
I expect him to end his league drought this weekend, and he’s available at an enticing 7/1 with William Hill to open the scoring against the Saints.
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