We are back to club league football action starting this weekend with FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
England Premier League
Man Utd v Southampton – Over 2,2.5 Asian Goal Line @ 1.73 (888Sport) – 3 points
Manchester United are reinvigorated by the signing of new manager Jose Mourinho, as well as new players like Ibrahimovic, Mkhitariyan and Bailly who slot in straight away in the starting XI of Manchester United. Last weekend all 3 made their debut but non more influential to the team than the record signing from last year Anthony Martial who started on the wing and provided 2 assists to Rooney and Zlatan who were clinical in their finishing for both those goals. The fans and the team are looking to how World Record Signing Paul Pogba will be able to gel with this team despite not playing during pre-season. Pogba will be playing in a slightly deeper role along with Carrick and the way he dictates the play will be interesting as that itself could stop the Saints attack from taking on the United back 4. Chris Smalling could make his return after being suspended for last weekend at the expense of Daley Blind. United showed us last week how good they could be on counter-attacking football, and with the home crowd at Old Trafford to back them, I won’t be surprised if they smash a couple tonight.
Southampton were theoretically upset last weekend by being held to a 1-1 draw despite playing at home and even playing for a period of time against 10 men. The form of Southampton is good despite losing Pelle and Mane, and that result saw them undefeated in 7 Premier League games in a row dating backing to April. Shane Long and Charlie Austin were relatively ineffective, but Nathan Redmond started off the new season in good form while Dusan Tadic was creating a hatful of chances, but none to be put away. The Saints defence have been poor dating back to last season where they have conceded in 13 Premier League games in on the trot.
Southampton players who have been here a while should be confident of grabbing a goal with two 1-0 victories in a row at Old Trafford, but generally there have been goals in meetings with the 2 sides, with a minimum of 2 goals in 12 out of the last 14 matches between the 2 sides. With the strong offensive unit of Manchester United while Saints looking to pick up an exciting first win, we can expect goals and I am backing Over on the Asian Handicap market.
Lyon come into this fixture after an exciting 3-0 win against Nancy away from home with captain Lacazette scoring a hat-trick to help his side to victory. Lyon will take that strong confidence in to this game against Caen at home, and will be looking to continue their momentum sitting at the top of the table in France. Along with Lacazette, he has got strong support Fakir, Valbuena and Cornet to give help contribute to the goals as well as creating chances for their team mates. Lyon’s team has been relatively the same compared to last season, and that builds confidence and continuity in the team to deliver strong results and the home crowd should add some extra spice to this game.
Caen come into this game after an exciting comeback against Lorient where they went 2-0 down inside 20 minutes and then stole the victory with a 3-2 win led by an Santini who scored the winner in the 87th minute. Caen have showed good attacking instinct in that game and that has seen them now gone unbeaten in 5 Ligue 1 games dating back to end of last season. Caen’s defence will be under tremendous pressure after conceding 2 goals last weekend while tonight’s opponents Lyon have smashed 4 goals against them in both their meetings last season with all their offensive firepower Lacazette, Fakir and Cornet finding the back of the net last year.
Lyon look strong and will be aiming to secure as many victories as possible before the exhaustive Champions League starts next month, and with their scoring form, I am backing them to win with over 2.5 goals in the match as there is potential that Caen could also find the he back of the net.