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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Man United v Southampton: Can the Saints be devils to United's title hopes?


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Manchester United's lead at the top of the table was cut to five points at White Hart Lane following Clint Dempsey's late equaliser. That result has given Manchester City hope of catching their rivals and retaining their title, but there is little chance of United slipping up tonight against Southampton, right?

Well, despite sacking their boss Nigel Adkins, the Saints have been marching their way steadily away from the drop zone. They are unbeaten in their past six league outings, having lost only two of their past 10. In fact, victory tonight, could potentially see them climb to 13th in the table. But that would mean having to do something that they haven't managed since 1988 . . . win at Old Trafford!

Mauricio Pochettino got his Southampton career off with a point against Everton but he couldn't have asked for a tougher away debut than the Theatre of Dreams. Saints fans may have been furious with the dismissal of Nigel Adkins but they are not taking their anger out on Pochettino. Unlike Rafa Benitez at Chelsea, the former Espanyol boss has the backing of the fans, which is crucial if they are to beat the drop. Everyone must be united and singing from the same hymnsheet.

United start the game as  huge favourites but can the Saints shock the leaders?

Manchester United v Southampton; Kick Off 8pm January 30 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

3

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

3

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

3

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

TBA

V

TBA

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

0

Man United

Alex Richert

TBA    

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

4

V

0

QPR

John Jaycock

3

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

0

Southampton

Andy Saunders

4

V

2

Stoke City

Peter Holland

3

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

4

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

TBA

V

TBA

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

4

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

3

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

0

Writer

Steve Coulter

3

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

TBA

V

TBA

Writer

Mitch Waddon

4

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

0

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

3

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

3

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

3

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

5

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

4

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

4

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

3

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

3

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 28; Draw: 0; Away: 1. TBA 5.

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