Something for the weekend
Our columnist Matt Briggs picks out the early football value and thinks Southampton will shape up well at Manchester United.
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Premier League - Manchester United v Southampton
Southampton have been going about their business quietly and they warrant more respect that the bookies are giving them at faltering champions Manchester United next weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino's men currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League after a fine start to the season which has seen them collect four more points than United. The Saints are getting grips with Pochettino's style and wins at Liverpool and West Brom show they have the credentials to mount a serious top-six challenge. The most impressive statistic so far for the men from the south coast is the goals against column - with only two goals conceded. Pochettino has certainly built a platform on which they can build on and with Adam Lalllana, Ricky Lambert and Dani Osvaldo in the ranks they have a genuine goal threat too.
The bookies however don't seem as confident and have chalked the Saints up at 11/2 to win at Old Trafford and while that looks generous, I'd be keen to keep the draw on side and like the look of 4/1 Southampton in the draw no bet market, who could be the surprise package of the season.
United have struggled so far this term and West Brom have already returned from Old Trafford with three points and on current form United look set to struggle to finish in the top four.
There's certainly some value in supporting Southampton to pile even more pressure on David Moyes, who will have to hold a post-international roll call.
Tom Cleverley is a doubt with a calf problem and withdrawing from the England squad and the spine of United's team will need checks after returning to Carrington this week.
Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Nani, Patrice Evra and Phil Jones are all likely to play against Southampton after a hectic international schedule and although Moyes' predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson always seemed to get his rotation policy correct, Moyes has yet to do it.
Premier League - Stoke v West Brom
Another side who look decent value away from home are United's recent conquerors West Brom.
They were fantastic as they deservedly defeated United 2-1 at Old Trafford and they followed that up with a home draw against early leaders Arsenal last time out and 13/5 about a win at Stoke looks too good to resist.
Steve Clarke's men also showed their calibre with a hard-fought draw at Everton and if Albion, who will be looking for a top-10 finish this season, put in a repeat away display then they should pose Stoke some big problems.
The hosts meanwhile, look set for a season of struggle as Mark Hughes tries to manufacture results while trying to change the Potters' style.
They have been disappointing to say the least, especially at home this season and have scored just once in their last four games. They did earn a goalless draw against Manchester City with a bright display, but a home defeat by Norwich and a narrow win over Crystal Palace have not quite been up to standard and Albion look well-equipped to take advantage.
Championship - Leeds v Birmingham
I was expecting to see Leeds odds-on but they are 23/20 to get back on track with a home win over Birmingham on Sunday.
The Whites were beaten at Derby last time out but they should be strong enough to beat Birmingham, who look all set for a relegation battle.
The hosts have had some tough home games with defeats to highflying QPR and Burnley, but Blues have been woeful away from home with four defeats in five and have only managed three goals.
League One - Sheffield United v Port Vale
Opposing Sheffield United has proved profitable this term and Port Vale are worth supporting at 27/10 to win at Bramall Lane.
David Weir was given the chop in South Yorkshire last week, but the Blades still couldn't find a way to win at Coventry as they slipped to their seventh defeat of the season.
Scoring goals has been a major problem and they look mightily short at 5/4 to beat Micky Adam's Vale, who have been tough and resilient this season. The game has all the hallmarks of being a real battle and Vale, who won't give anything away cheaply, might just nick it at a tasty price.
League Two - Chesterfield v Burton
League Two has been a punters graveyard this season and I'd be reluctant to get involved with anyone odds-on - even leaders Chesterfield, who I do think will win promotion.
But they host Burton at the weekend and 4/1 about the Brewers, who are only seven points behind the Spireites, is good value.
Chesterfield have not been blowing teams away at home and lost 1-0 to Mansfield recently while Burton, who have already won at Fleetwood, look a better outfit on the road and should be more than a match for Chesterfield.