Premier League Picks for Southampton vs. Manchester United

Nila Amerova

Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:50 AM GMT

Southampton and Manchester United collide on the final day of Premier League betting. Join us as we preview this matchup and deliver our soccer-betting verdict.

Manchester United Must Win
After succumbing to a shocking 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at the Old Trafford, Manchester United’s bid for a Top 6 finish suffered a huge setback. In danger of missing out on European football for the first time since 1990, Man U left all to do in their final two laps around the League. Indeed, they were tipped at staggering +2000 futures odds to finish inside the top six coveted spots at Bet365 at the start of the week.

Placing such enormous pressure on the outcome of their last two fixtures of the season, which they had no choice but to win if they were to give Tottenham a run for its money, Man United rose to the occasion with a 3-1 victory at the Old Trafford. The home curtain closer featured the debut of James Wilson, an 18-year old, two-goal debutante that Ryan Giggs later hailed a new star in his post-match interview.

This latest performance has given hope to United supporters the world over and, in turn, improved their beleaguered odds from +2000 to +1200 for a Top 6 Finish. Though still longish, they are a decided improvement on the outlook earlier this week.

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Southampton vs. Man U match betting Tips and Picks
Southampton are certain to finish eighth this season. Currently sat in that position, with a 15-10-12 mark and 55 points, they are six points clear of Newcastle United and eight points adrift of Manchester United. With their Premier League fate decided so, they’ve nothing to play for really. Save for acting the spoilers to Manchester United’s bid for a European spot that is.

Southampton enter this clash as the underdogs at +170 to win outright despite enjoying home advantage where they are a commendable 8-5-5 to date. It’s also worth mentioning that they are undefeated in six of their last nine home engagements 4-2-3, a run of form that includes a 2-2 draw to Arsenal. Earlier in the season, they held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at home and dealt Man U a 1-1 draw at the Old Trafford.

Manchester United enter this clash as the favourites, albeit above even money at +150 to win outright. The Red Devils’ road record probably played a part in their favourable odds. They won five of their last six away games, all with clean sheets. The only hiccup was a 2-0 defeat to Everton. Their record in their last nine away games stands at 5-1-3 – the lone draw was against Arsenal at the Emirates; speaking of which, you can back a draw with Southampton at +240 soccer odds at Bet365.

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Soccer Betting Verdict
There are no ifs or buts about it: this is a must-win for Man U if they are to have a fighting chance. Of course, the result of Tottenham vs. Aston Villa will also play a part in the outcome of the table’s hierarchy, but that’s out of Man U’s hands. They can only do their part.

Man U have the incentive and motivation, both of which could be catalysts for the right result they seek. Granted Southampton can’t be underestimated. They are a good side and could enjoy the role of spoilers in order to come through on their +170 soccer odds. But Man U have too much class not to put up a real fight. So we’re recommending Man U on your soccer picks at +150 soccer odds to win outright.