Southampton vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 30 December 2018
Kick-Off at 14:15 UK / 15:15 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Manchester City shockingly lost two Premier League affairs in a row to drop down to third place in the standings. They are now as many as seven points shy of runaway leaders Liverpool and can’t afford any more failures if they want to stay in the title contest.
The Citizens thus have an imperative on Sunday when they travel to Hampshire to take on Southampton on Matchday No 20. They do come into the game as heavy favourites in spite of recent losses, but Pep Guardiola’s men will have to work hard to avoid another unpleasant failure given the opposition will come into this in high spirits.
The Saints have been struggling to find the right rhythm ever since the season began, but the managerial change brought the wanted effect as they shine under Ralph Hasenhuttl. The team snatched consecutive wins for the first time in this term of the Premier League by bagging three goals past Arsenal and Huddersfield Town each.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
Manchester City only lead the head to head tie by four wins historically.
Nonetheless, they dominated this match-up in the most recent history winning each of last four encounters with the Saints.
Man City were ruthless when teams met each other almost two months ago at Etihad when they clinched a 6-1 victory.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Prediction
Southampton’s matches were full on goalmouth action lately. They drew 2-2 to Manchester United and saw off Arsenal 3-2 in latest home outings. Subsequently, the Saints saw off Huddersfield Town 1-3 on the road eight days ago.
We’d thus not be surprised to see the hosts on the scoreline here knowing Guardiola’s men allowed five goals in last two matches. Man City failed to keep a clean sheet in any of last nine games in all competitions. They still remain heavy favourites due to the obvious gulf in quality which is why we see the away win & BTTS as just the way to go here at 2.75 odds.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Bet Tips
Manchester City to win & BTTS @ 2.75 (7/4)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15).