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Southampton v Man City: Mancini in for more frustration

| 08.02.2013

Manchester City may be unbeaten in six Premier League games, but two straight draws ahead of their trip to Southampton have all but handed the title to Manchester United.

No one at City will be throwing in the towel a little over a week into February, though United’s 1/11 to dethrone their noisy neighbours suggests they might as well and a failure to win at St Mary’s will see more chunks hacked off this already flimsy price.

The Citizens have been served up at 4/7 to get the job done, though a third draw on the bounce is full of promise at 3/1.

Southampton have been defeated just once in their last eight league outings, but have won just as many and, having held top-six dwelling Arsenal and Everton in the previous two home games, they’ll fancy their chances of avoiding defeat when City pay them a visit.

A good indication as to how many points each side will be getting here will be the score when the half time whistle blows. Saints were level at the break in each of their previous four drawn clashes and the 6/1 on offer for both halves to finish all square once more looks a good bet.

Low-scoring affairs are something the Saints faithful have grown accustomed to in the league, as well as draws. Their previous seven games have all yielded fewer than 2.5-goal hauls, as have three of City’s last four league away-days. A price of 11/10 says this will be the outcome once more which looks very generous indeed, while the 10/3 for there to be less than 1.5 scored definitely has legs too.

A combination of these bets – fewer than 2.5 goals scored in a tied game – offers a payout of 10/3 and this looks to be the pick of the bunch ahead of this crucial clash.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton