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Manchester City vs. Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
31 October 2019
Saturday 2 November
The Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Manchester City look to keep their title hopes alive as they host Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday. The Saints are reeling from a record defeat in their last league outing.
Recent form does not offer much hope to Southampton fans, with their team losing a combined 9-2 across the two fixtures last season. The most recent, at Saint Mary's saw Sergio Aguero and David Silva score either sides of a James Ward-Prowse own goal.
Pep Guardiola has a number of senior players side-lined, with Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko joining Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane on the injury list. This should see Ilkay Gundongen step into central midfield, with Fernandinho covering at centre-back.
Ralph Hassenthutl is without Ryan Bertrand, who was sent off last week, whilst Moussa Djenepo and Cédric Soares both remain side-lined. With the boss looking to defend from the front, Shane Long may step into the XI.
Manchester City vs. Southampton Preview and Predictions
Last week, Southampton equalled the heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League, and things aren't likely to get much easier as they travel to the Etihad for the second time in five days.
Manchester City have fallen behind in the title race, with rivals Liverpool steaming ahead early in the season. A number of key injuries, and the failure to replace the outgoing Vincent Kompany has left the champions looking vulnerable for the first time in two years. Although Fernandinho has excelled at defensive-mid over the years, he is not a natural centre-back, and is particularly vulnerable in the air.
If Southampton are to have any chance of coming away with a point on Saturday, it is through set pieces. Yannick Vestergaard showed against Manchester United that he can cause havoc in the box, even up against the likes of Harry Maguire. Facing off against a diminutive City team, the Saints' centre-back could see some joy from corners or free-kicks.
Even so, it will be a tall ask for Hasenthuttl's side to avoid conceding heavily against a City side that are free-scoring at the moment, both in the Premier and Champions Leagues. Raheem Sterling is playing the best football of his career, whilst Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are both taking any chances given to them.
It will take a mammoth effort from the Saints on Saturday. However, if they can keep 11 men on the pitch, they should at least be able to better last week's result.
Man City to win to nil at 1.90
Guardiola's side may have weaknesses at the back but should be able to keep Southampton at bay.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.25
Even if Hasenthuttl looks to shut up shop, City have enough power to break down any defence in the League at the moment.