Manchester United vs Southampton EPL Picks & Predictions 8/31/2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019
St. Mary's Stadium
Danny Ings and Southampton (1-0-2, 18th in the English Premier League) host Manchester United (1-1-1, 5th in the English Premier League) at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday, August 31, 2019. The goalkeepers expected to start are David de Gea for Manchester United and Angus Gunn for Southampton. The odds on this game have Manchester United coming in at -124 and Southampton are at +393. The total opens at 2.5.
Manchester United steps onto the field holding a mark of 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 defeat ranking them 5th in the English Premier League. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 6 goals which is 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 3rd in the league. Manchester United will need to make sure they're making the right passes out there as they have earned a total of 5 assists which is 3rd in the league. In discussing shots on target, they have earned a total of 10 which is 12th in the league. As a unit, Manchester United has a total of 31 fouls which has them averaging 10.33 fouls per game. They have earned a total of 4 points for 2019 and they are averaging an attendance of 73,537.
Paul Pogba is one of the top players to keep an eye on for the Red Devils. The midfielder from France has appeared in 222 games in the time he has played soccer and has played a total of 18,042 mins. In that time, the 26-year-old has a total of 52 goals and has had an assist on 48 goals. He has a career average of 81.3 mins per game. Pogba has started 222 games and has totaled 430 fouls in the process. When it comes to shots on target, Pogba has earned 210 which is 37th among all players still active and 16th among midfielders. Marcus Rashford is another player to keep an eye on for the squad from Manchester United. The 21-year-old from England has racked up 29 goals in his professional soccer career which places him at 95th out of active players in professional soccer. He has played a total of 6,986 mins in his professional soccer career which places him at 66th among active forwards and averages 61.3 minutes per appearance which places him at 241st in professional soccer. Over the course of his pro soccer career, he has 89 shots on target which places him at 53rd among active forwards.
Looking after the net for the Red Devils is David de Gea from Spain. He is 28 years old and has totaled 30,133 minutes minding the goal in his career. de Gea has given up 1.08 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 7th among active goalies in English Premier League. During his time playing professional soccer, he has allowed 362 goals. His career save percentage is .730 which has him ranked 5th out of all active professional goalies. For the Red Devils to go home with points, de Gea is going to have to be solid in goal.
Southampton comes into this match with a mark of 1 victory, 0 draws, and 2 defeats putting them at 18th in the English Premier League. So far this season, they have converted a total of 3 goals which ranks them 15th in the league. That said, if they are going to get points on the day, they are going to look at taking care of the ball and controlling possession. Their goal differential is -2, putting them at 17th in the league. Southampton will look to get teammates more involved in this game because they currently have a total of 2 assists which ranks them 13th in the league. In discussing shots on target, they currently have a total of 10 which ranks them 13th in the league. As a group, Southampton has racked up a total of 32 fouls which has them averaging 10.67 fouls per contest. They currently have a total of 3 points for this season and they are averaging an attendance of 31,712.
Danny Ings is one of the best players to watch for the Saints. The forward from England has appeared in 190 contests in his career and has played a total of 13,431 mins. During that period of time, the 27-year-old has netted 56 goals and has assisted on 18 goals. For his career he is averaging 70.7 mins per game. Ings has started 190 contests and has a total of 143 fouls over that period. When looking at shots on target, Ings has totaled 187 which has him sitting in 43rd when compared to all players still active and 25th among forwards. James Ward-Prowse is another guy to keep an eye on for the team from Southampton. The 24-year-old from England has scored 17 goals in his career which ranks him 144th when compared to all players still active in the English Premier League. He has played 10,942 minutes in his career which ranks him 73rd among active midfielders and averages 55.8 mins per game which ranks him 262nd in the English Premier League. In his career, he has a total of 76 shot on target which ranks him 59th among active midfielders.
The man looking after the goal for the Saints is Angus Gunn from England. He is 23 years old and has played a total of 5,490 minutes minding the net over the course of his career. Gunn has given up an average of 1.36 goals per 90 mins which has him ranked 17th among active goalies. Over the course of his career, he's allowed 83 goals. His career save % is .687 which has him ranked 19th among active professional goalies. For the Saints to get points, Gunn is going to have to be good in net.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Manchester United (-124)
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