A tap-in goal from the substitute Manolo Gabbiadini on Tuesday evening at Liberty Stadium likely saved Southampton from dropping down to Championship. The Saints thus gained a three-point cushion over Swansea City coming into the final day and a true miracle should happen for them to lose the top flight status.
Mark Hughes’ men have a nine-goal cushion ahead of the Welsh outfit in terms of goals difference coming into the last round, but a potential disaster in the clash with the free-scoring champions and a demolishing win for Swansea over the already-relegated Stoke City might prove out to be lethal for the Saints.
To make things worse for Hughes, his former team will be highly-motivated to grab the spoils at St. Mary’s in order to become the first side in the Premier League history to overcome the 100-point mark.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
Overall, Man City only lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into 65th encounter with Southampton.
The Citizens, however, won six of last seven encounters with the Saints.
Pep Guardiola’s side bagged five goals in last two wins over Southampton.
Four of last five H2H encounters saw the option of both teams netting.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Prediction
Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho bagged goals for City in mid-week’s comfortable home win over Brighton & Hove Albion. The victory brought the champions back on the winning ways after a disappointing home draw to Huddersfield Town last weekend. Pep Guardiola’s machinery needs a win here in order to break the Premier League record on number of points won in the season and they’ll be huge favourites to make such an achievement against the relegation strugglers.
The Spanish manager likely won’t be able to count on David Silva who skipped the mid-week’s win over the Seagulls, while Gabriel Jesus should start up front with Sergio Aguero still sidelined through injury. The Saints conceded few goals lately, but they’ll be up against the strongest attacking line in the league and we honestly can’t see them extending the three-game unbeaten run. Man City are chasing the record and the away win is a banker bet at the odds of 1.40.
Southampton vs Manchester City: Bet Tips
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