Southampton v Man City: Saints can cause visitors problems

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Manchester City will travel to Southampton on Saturday night knowing that three points would see them climb above Liverpool into third place in the Premier League, while also bridging the gap between themselves and the teams chasing a top four spot.

But history shows they won’t necessarily have it all their own way.

Pep Guardiola’s men head into this clash as 3/4 favourites, while the hosts are 16/5 outsiders, although they’ve won just once in their last five visits to St Mary’s.

Add to that the fact that the Saints have been on a decent run of late (taking 10 points from a possible 15 over the last few weeks), and it’s clear the visitors have a game on their hands.

Both sides have managed to find the net in nine of their last 11 clashes, meaning there’s certainly some value in the 4/7 on offer for each goalkeeper conceding.

As for the goalscorer markets, it’s difficult to pick any one scorer for Southampton given that seven different players have found their last 10 goals.

That’s left us leaning towards Sergio Aguero at 4/5 to score at any time, as he’s found the net in eight of City’s last 10 games in all competitions.

This fixture brought about an absolute goal-fest last season, with the Saints running out 4-2 winners. Will we see a repeat of that scoreline? At 80/1, it’s unlikely.

But that doesn’t mean we’re not tempted by the 6/4 on offer for over 3.5 goals to be scored between the two sides. It’s happened in five of the pair’s last five games combined.

It’s rare we sit on the fence, but this fixture is so tough to call. With that in mind, we’re looking at the Score Draw at 7/2.

And if you’re pushing us for a correct score, how about 2-2 at 12/1? It’s a result Pep’s men have played out twice already in 2017.

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.