Kick-off: 1500, 18/09/2021
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
A 1-0 win at the King Power last weekend handed Manchester City their third straight victory and they are the heavy favourites as they welcome Southampton.
The goals have been flying in at the Etihad this season, with Pep Guardiola’s side putting five past both Norwich and Arsenal in their two previous home league fixtures and six past RB Leipzig on Wednesday. It was also a seven-goal thriller when these two clashed in March, City taking the spoils 5-2.
Goals look the order of the day once again and five or more at 2/1 is our opening Man City vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
The champions have bounced back in style from an opening-weekend defeat to Tottenham, racking up 11 unanswered goals and taking a maximum nine points from their next three games.
Having edged past Leicester last Saturday and then beating Leipzig 6-3 in the Champions League, it will be a huge shock if they are unable to extend their winning run at home to Saints.
Although only scoring one at the King Power, they amassed 25 shots on goal, with £100million signing Jack Grealish a perennial threat from his preferred left side.
They have won their last three Premier League home games 5-0 and the City faithful can expect entertainment once again.
Looking at the Man City vs Southampton odds, we like the hosts to concede a three-goal head start and still come out on top at 23/10.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Silva, Jesus, Grealish, Torres.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Saints are the Premier League’s draw experts with three of their four outings ending all square after 90 minutes.
However, Southampton have not won at the Etihad since 2004, taking home just one point from their last 12 visits to the blue side of Manchester.
They start the weekend 14th in the table and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be eager to return to the south coast with minimal damage done.
Having failed to find the back of the net in last week’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, more will be asked of forward pairing Che Adams and Adam Armstrong as they come up against one of the tightest back lines in the division.
Saints must also try and keep Raheem Sterling quiet. He scored the only goal when the teams last met and has seven goals in total in this fixture.
Sterling has started the last few games on the bench but this looks a good opportunity for him to start and we’re taking a chance on him to score two goals or more at 11/2 as our final Man City vs Southampton prediction.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Perraud, Livramento, Salisu, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Armstrong.
Last EPL result:
Leicester 0-1 MAN CITY – Bernardo Silva
SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 West Ham
Head-to-head: Man City 5-2 Southampton, Southampton 0-1 Man City, Southampton 1-0 Man City, Man City 2-1 Southampton, Man City 3-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-3 Man City, Man City 6-1 Southampton
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