You'd better be quick out the blocks, United! Southampton would be table toppers if games started at half-time... while Liverpool would be in the relegation zone

By Adam Shergold

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Manchester United may be advised to start with a high intensity at Old Trafford on Saturday and try and grab an early goal or two.

That's because their opponents Southampton really turn it on during the second half.

If only the second periods were counted from this season's Barclays Premier League, the Saints would be sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Turning it on: Southampton would top the Premier League table if only the second half of matches were counted, with six of their seven goals this season coming after half-time

Turning it on: Southampton would top the Premier League table if only the second half of matches were counted, with six of their seven goals this season coming after half-time

Bit early, Adam? Lallana (right) celebrates scoring Southampton's only first half goal of the season so far, against Swansea last time out

Bit early, Adam? Lallana (right) celebrates scoring Southampton's only first half goal of the season so far, against Swansea last time out

Getting the job done: By contrast, all but one of Liverpool's goals this season have come before half-time

Getting the job done: By contrast, all but one of Liverpool's goals this season have come before half-time

The Premier League second-half table - Source: Opta

The Premier League second-half table - Source: Opta

Six of their seven goals scored so far this season have come after half-time - the only exception being Adam Lallana's 19th-minute strike to open the scoring at home to Swansea last time out.

They've left it late a couple of times too, with Rickie Lambert's stoppage time penalty at West Bromwich on the opening afternoon earning three points and Jose Fonte scoring two minutes from time to earn a draw with Sunderland a week later.

Southampton aren't exactly doing too badly as it is and they go to Old Trafford for their toughest test to date sitting fourth in the standings, exceeding all pre-season expectations.

Remarkably, Liverpool barely show up after half-time and would be 19th instead of second if matches began at 45 minutes.

Contrast: Liverpool have only scored once in the second half of league games so far this season

Contrast: Liverpool have only scored once in the second half of league games so far this season

Slight improvement: Man United would move up a couple of places to seventh if only the second half was counted

Slight improvement: Man United would move up a couple of places to seventh if only the second half was counted

That's better! Cardiff City would move up to fifth in the table if only second halves mattered

That's better! Cardiff City would move up to fifth in the table if only second halves mattered

Just one of their 11 goals so far have come after half-time - Luis Suarez's second goal at Sunderland on September 29 - as the Reds reliably get the job done in good time.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal stay near the top of the table, suggesting they have an even spread of goals across both halves, while Man United would only be two places better off in seventh.

The champions, famous for their late assaults, have scored just three of their 10 goals before the interval.

Cardiff City would be much better off in the second half table too, leaping from 14th to fifth as six of their seven scored have come during the second 45.

 

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Maybe just wanna show that Southampton can be very dangerous in 2nd half?

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If my brother was a girl he'd be my sister

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and if my Aunty had balls she would be my uncle

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Well they don't start at half time so what's the point in this stupid story. Can't find any relevant stories. You normally just make them up anyway.

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QPR would win the league last season if 3 points were awarded for every game you lose. And Man utd would be relegated And blah blah blah GROW UP DM!

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But they don't, so this is completely pointless.

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Well they don't - get over it and look at the facts!

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if games ended after 2 seconds everyone would be joint top and also in the relegation zone...

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I hate these kind of tables. The game starts when the whistle is blown and finishes when its blown any half time, last 10mins and if a certain player isnt playing stats are irrelivent. The full time score is all that matters.

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And if my aunty had balls...

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