Manchester United v Southampton
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Sunday in-form Manchester United face Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley, as respective bosses Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel look to win their first silverware with their current clubs.
Manchester United will be heading in this game in high spirits following five consecutive victories in all competitions. The Red Devils continued their good form in their last outing, recording a 1-0 victory over French side Saint-Etienne in the Europa League to qualify for the last-16 of the competition.
United’s recent good form has coincided with a defensive improvement, as Jose Mourinho’s side have conceded just one goal in their last seven outings.
The men from Manchester have also proven to be a hard team to beat in recent months, with Hull City the only team to have claimed a victory over United in their last 25 games. Hull’s win over Mourinho’s team came in the semi-final second leg of this competition.
United have a good recent record against the Saints, as they have suffered just two defeats in the last 15 meetings between the two teams.
Southampton’s run to the final was pretty impressive, as Claude Puel’s side played Premier League teams in every round of the competition, with the highlights of the run wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.
The team from the south coast made history by becoming the first team to ever make it to the final of just competition without conceding a goal. The Saints were on a poor run of form until last time out when they hammered Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.
The win ended a run of three straight defeats for Puel’s men and may have restored confidence in the Saints camp.
Manchester United are expected to be without defender Phil Jones through injury, while the likes of Henrik Mkhitaryan, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney are big doubts for the clash.
Southampton have some injury problems of their own, with Alex McCarthy, Virgil van Dijk, Jeremy Pied, Matt Targett, Sofiane Boufal and Charlie Austin all expected to miss this one through injury.