Fifth-placed Southampton look forward to the continuation of their fine form as they take on Manchester United in Sunday's Premier League clash at the St. Mary's Stadium.
After starting the Premier League (PL) season with two losses, Southampton have gone unbeaten in their last seven top-flight games (W5, D2) and only Tottenham are on a longer current run. Seven of those nine PL games saw Southampton score first, including all five they won (W5, D1, L1). Expect potential goal action from the 'Saints' before HT then, even more so as the 31'-45+' period has accounted for six of their 17 PL goals.
Southampton have scored first in all four PL home matches so far (W3, L1), helping them win the last three by a 2-0 scoreline, two of which saw them win both halves 1-0. That puts them on the verge of winning four PL home games in a row for the first time since May 2016.
On a three-match competitive winning run, Manchester United have lost just one of their last five PL games (W3, D1, L1). However, conceding first remains a concern, as United have done so in five of their eight PL matches, although they went on to recover nine points (W3, L2). Intriguingly, United have come from behind to win nine PL H2Hs, the second-best such record against a top-flight club behind their own record vs Newcastle United (ten).
As such, their tendency to score late could come in handy as United have seen five of their 13 PL goals arrive beyond the 80th minute. United have won all three of their PL road trips this season, and in turn their last seven PL away games, and subsequently stand on the cusp of a club-record first-ever run of eight straight PL away victories.
Players to watch: Che Adams scored Southampton's opener in their last PL home win. Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has scored the decisive lead-giving goal in all four of United's PL wins.
Hot stat: United have dropped PL points following their last nine UEFA Champions League victories (D3, L6).