Man City (@1.1) vs Southampton (@26.0)
30-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Man City will win

Man City – Southampton Match Prediction | 30-10-2019 15:45

This makes a high scoring affair look very likely, so were backing Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score here. 6 of their 9 home outings have seen at least 3 goals too, while Manchester City have seen 3 or more scored in each of their last 9 league games. Southampton, for all their earlier goal-scoring woes, have found the net at least once in 8 of their last 9 outings and in each of their last 4 at home.

Its been a while since Saints have beaten anyone from the top flight, and it will take something special to do that here. Danny Ings is one man that can certainly hurt City, but he has to have chances supplied to him. In the midfield, the play of Oriol Romeu will be under heavy scrutiny. The defensive midfield man has a big, big role to play if they hope to shut down Citys attack and stop them from endlessly rolling out of the back. Hes crafty and opportunistic, but he must get some help to unlock teams first.

Manchester City will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Aston Villa when they host Southampton at their Etihad Stadium on Matchday 11. Pep Guardiola is likely to stick to his rotation policy against Southampton, and we predict that his men are going to pick up all three points from Saturdays football match. The Citizens aim to melt Liverpools advantage in the Premier League standings, and they are likely to go all guns blazing against the Saints.

But with a title chase that could be very difficult in the PL, nothing is guaranteed and you could see much more rotation than City have done under Guardiola in the past. They are alive and well in the Champions League, so much so that many are calling them the big favorites to win that comp. Manchester City come into this match juggling competitions, as is the norm for them. They also are in this, and they have gotten to the last four and beyond so frequently that many would be shocked if they didnt again.

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The Saints experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a heavy 9-0 loss to Leicester City, and seeing that Ryan Bertrand misses the Man City game through suspension, home win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Raheem Sterling, who scored his seventh goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Leicester's Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both scored hat-tricks as Saints fans watched their team endure the worst loss in their 134-year existence. Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand also made history by becoming the first top-flight player to be sent off because of a VAR review after a dangerous lunge at Perez before the Foxes forward scored - leaving the Saints one man down for 78 minutes.

One major positive is that they are coming into a game against Manchester City at possibly the best time. The Citizens have crumbled in remarkable fashion over the festive period, losing at home to Crystal Palace and away to Leicester to shunt them down to 3rd in the table. They are now 7 points adrift of leaders Liverpool, and this is the first time they have lost back to back Premier League matches since February 2016.

The Algerian is also going to be very well rested here, and that should allow him to help Aguero terrorize a Southampton defence low on confidence currently. Alongside him, hell have Riyad Mahrez to carry the load. Even if some of the other names in the team are lesser known, you know he will give you at least a 7/10 showing, such is his level of skill and class. Sergio Aguero didnt get the nod on Saturday to start against Aston Villa, so that means there will be plenty of gas in the tank for him here.

Since signing for the Citizens, Sterling has enjoyed a trophy-laden career winning every English domestic trophy available and has molded himself into one of the best players in the league. The 24-year-old has capped at every youth level and won his first cap for the senior team on the 14th of November, 2012. He has since featured 53 times for the Three Lions. Sterling, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, holds both the English and Jamaican citizenship but chose to represent England at the International stage.