Manchester City v Southampton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Manchester City v Southampton

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Saturday, November 2, 2019


Etihad Stadium

Punter's Pick

Manchester City welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to keep pace with leaders Liverpool come 5pm. The visitors arrive on the back of a 9-0 thumping at the hands of Leicester City but now play the champions for the second time in a week. Could an improved midweek performance from the Saints against the same opponents help them spring an upset?

Manchester City come into this game having won nine out of their last ten games in all competitions. A shock 2-0 home loss to Wolves has been well and truly forgotten as the Champions have put together a run of four straight wins including Premier League wins against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, a 5-1 Champions League thumping of Atalanta and a 3-1 win over their current opponents Southampton in the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola will be pleased that despite some injuries and unfortunate results, his team has maintained their push for titles on all four fronts with some key players coming back from injury. Their strong team against the Saints in the Carabao Cup highlighted their desire for trophies as Otamendi and Sergio Aguero scored to help them ease into the next phase of the competition. The team do however need to guard against complacency and Southampton will have gotten a glimpse of City’s style and be working on how to nullify their threat in this game.

Southampton will be eager to put their 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Leicester City behind them as they look to halt Manchester City’s charge in the Premier League this season. An improved performance in the Carabao Cup against the same opponents will be cause for some optimism as the players have reacted but they still lost the game 3-1. Manager Ralph Hassenhutl is under severe pressure and it will be interesting to see how much the players are behind the manager when they step out onto the pitch. After a tough couple of upcoming fixtures against Everton and Arsenal they will have a set of games against teams in and around them and the form they show in these games, even if they don’t win, will be crucial going into those crunch encounters.

In team news Pep Guardiola may look to make some changes to the team he put out in the Carabao Cup. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are likely to return in place of Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus who both started the cup game with Sergio Aguero likely to keep his place as the main striker. Southampton will look to do something similar by bringing back Nathan Redmond to provide some impetus from midfield in support of Danny Ings, who started on the bench during the midweek cup game.

In recent meetings between these two, Manchester City have dominated this fixture and have not lost a game to the Saints since 2016. They have won the last six encounters including this same fixture last season 6-1. Southampton certainly won’t want to be reminded of that scoreline given their recent 9-0 loss and will be focussed on nullifying City’s threat and hitting on the counter if they are to have any success over the 90 minutes.

Unsurprisingly Manchester City start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel there are other markets that will materialise based on the likely balance of play and are backing the over 12 corner market offered by Bet365 which is currently priced at over evens. Given City’s dominance at home and their prowess on the wings through their full-backs and Raheem Sterling, that the corner count is likely to be high. Their last two games against each other finished on 11 but with City likely to dominate in Southampton’s half with their first choice starting 11, this is likely to go higher and we feel that this market represents excellent value.    

Punter's Pick

Manchester City welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to keep pace with leaders Liverpool come 5pm. The visitors arrive on the back of a 9-0 thumping at the hands of Leicester City but now play the champions for the second time in a week. Could an improved midweek performance from the Saints against the same opponents help them spring an upset?

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