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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Magic man Ibra to stop Saints march

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his hat-trick against St-Etienne
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already made one telling contribution at Wembley this season and Manchester United's leading goalscorer is primed to provide the magic against Southampton.

It was Ibra who bagged the winner in the Community Shield success over Leicester, one of 24 goals he has scored in 37 Red Devils appearances. Two of those came in a 2-0 win over Saints when Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte were at centre-back. 

Neither of those are available for Claude Puel at Wembley and Southampton's makeshift defence could be bullied by Ibrahimovic, who is favourite to score first and collect the man-of-the-match award.

Preference is for the man of the match at the slightly bigger price, while those who fancy Southampton may be interested in taking goalkeeper Fraser Forster at 25-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power.

The inconsistent Forster is capable of producing the odd stormer and may well need to be at his best for the outsiders to collect.

Z Ibrahimovic man of the match
1pt 4-1 bet365, Betfair, Betfred

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