Manchester United make the lunchtime trip to the south coast on Saturday to kick off this weekend’s Premier League action and it looks set to be a difficult contest against an in-form Southampton side.
United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last time out and the visitors have taken just one point from the last six on offer, having drawn 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers prior to the Eagles loss.
Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to get back to winning ways quickly but they arrive at St Mary’s having failed to win any of their last five away matches in the Premier League, losing three times and drawing twice.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 11 trips to Southampton but they come up against a Saints side that are aiming to win three consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since January 2017.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men lost their first two matches of the campaign but they have since recorded back-to-back victories, beating Brighton 2-0 before edging past Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage in the second round of the League Cup.
Newcastle’s surprise 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend has helped to lift the mood within the Geordie faithful and Steve Bruce will be hoping to keep the momentum going at St James’ Park.
A midweek cup exit to Leicester City has dampened spirits slightly but the focus for the Magpies this season is to avoid Premier League relegation and three points on Saturday will be a step in the right direction.
Watford may have landed a cup victory on Tuesday when beating Coventry City 3-0 but the Hornets have lost all three of their league matches, a run which has the club rooted to the bottom of the table.
Javi Gracia’s men have lost five of their last six PL games on the road – the only success coming against last term’s bottom club Huddersfield Town – and the Hertfordshire-based outfit may face disappointment once again.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester have started the season well, taking five points from three games, and they head into this contest on the back of a penalty shootout victory over Newcastle United in the EFL Cup.
Scoring goals has not been a problem for the Foxes, having netted four in their previous three matches, and they have never lost against Bournemouth at the King Power Stadium in all five meetings.
The Cherries also boast plenty of attacking threat within their squad but the defence continues to be the weak spot for Eddie Howe’s men, who have kept just one clean sheet from their last seven PL games.
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