The Citizens took a right old hammering last time out, getting thumped on home soil by Liverpool. That was a massive blow to them and with them missing a fair few players through injury, can they muster up a response. Southampton were surprised by a home defeat against Stoke last weekend which snapped a good run of form for them. But they aren’t a side which can boast a great away winning record at the moment. Who will find their winning touch again?
The Citizens, still many people’s favourites to claim the Premier League title this season aren’t in title winning form it has to be said. They have won just three of their last six Premier League games now (W3 D3 L1) and already they have been beaten twice on home turf this season. That’s not something you expect from the Citizens, but on the flip side they have won their other five home games. City have returned twenty goals at home in the league so far this season so they have the scoring power and they have produced more shots in the top flight this season than anyone else. Can they rediscover their winning touch though?
The Saints had been going along nicely on a six match unbeaten streak in the top flight, winning four of those and having conceded just one goal in three games. That was until they hosted Stoke last weekend at St Mary’s and lost. No many punters had seen that coming. Southampton are unbeaten on the road in this season’s Premier League which is fantastic, with four draws and two wins, which all speaks very well to their resilience. However they have won just two of their last thirteen away games in the top flight, losing six of those. With a record of just one win in their last eight against the Citizens in the top flight (D2 L5) then a recovery from their loss last week looks a bit of a longer way off.
The Citizens are generally hard to stop at home. They were all over the place at the back last weekend though without Vincent Kompany and they couldn’t deal with Liverpool’s high-tempo pressing game. The Saints have proven difficult to get past this season but they haven’t beaten a side outside of the bottom seven all term. Look for a home win.
As at this post Manchester City has 1.48 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Southampton has 5.97 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.30