Coming up this Saturday is yet another exciting and much-anticipated premier league matchday, it’s premier league matchday 4 actions, as we look forward to exciting fixtures coming up next. Man United will lock horns against Southampton as early kickoff away at the St. Mary's Stadium, as they aim to bounce back to winning ways.
Southampton started this season quite poorly with 2 straight defeats but managed to get their first win this season in their last game against Brighton. Even though they have just one win in their last 3 games so far and are 18th on the table, they are still not in a disastrous position and are technically just a point behind 4 position. They are playing at home and will be looking to take advantage of Man United’s poor form, as they aim to get a position result at home. A victory at home against Man United will be considered a great achievement and it will most definitely be a huge confidence booster for them going forward.
In terms of expected formation and tactics, Southampton will most likely setup in a 4-2-2-2 formation as their first two attempts of using a 3 at the back formation led to losses. This will be a very difficult game for them, however, they are playing at home and like we have seen in the past, they have all it takes to take points off Man United at the St. Mary's Stadium. Their focus in this game will most likely be to stay as compact as possible and try to capitalize on counter-attacking opportunities and set pieces to hurt Man United.
Man United have been on the decline ever since they beat Chelsea at home. It has all gone downhill since their opening day emphatic victory, dropping points against Wolves and losing al 3 points against Crystal Palace at home. This fixture against Southampton will be a very tricky game for them as Southampton could be a tough team to play against at their ground. Both teams aren’t far off in terms of points, however, Man United is the superior team on paper and will be looking to bounce back from their shocking defeat last week and get back to winning ways.
In terms of expected formation and tactics, Man United will most likely setup in a 4-2-3-1 formation. This has been their strongest formation so far, as they aim to be more solid and clinical this time. Even though this fixture is a tricky one for Man United, they are also expected to get the job done on the road. In this game, they will be looking to control the game and try to utilize their individual qualities to get the better of Southampton this Saturday.
An exciting fixture this, both teams are not far off in terms of points at the moment and will be aiming to get a positive result. For Southampton, a win will be massive for them going forward but a positive draw could also be considered a very good result. For Man United, 3 points is all that matters at the moment as anything less than a win could start to raise a lot of questions going forward. This post can also be found on my scorum blog
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