Southampton v Man City Tips: Pep’s men to bounce back from blip?
There hasn’t been much festive cheer for Manchester City fans. Their nightmare before Christmas against Crystal Palace was followed a 2-1 knockout blow from Leicester City on Boxing Day.
Pep Guardiola and co. will be looking to get their title challenge back on track against a Southampton side they mauled 6-1 last month. But Saints seem to be improving under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Ahead of kick off, we’ve got the info and odds for you…
The Citizens have enjoyed head-to-head dominance in this fixture, winning the last four meetings. And in a hectic period of games, they also have the advantage of an extra day’s rest ahead of this clash.
With that in mind, the visitors should edge this. It’s 3/10 for a City victory. Meanwhile, you can grab the Draw at 17/4, with a chunky 9/1 for Saints to win it.
Five of the hosts’ last six games have seen both sides net, and another round of Both Teams to Score is 17/20.
After two 2-1 wins in their last seven games, City are 15/2 to repeat the feat at St Mary’s.
Despite the recent dip, Guardiola is unlikely to jettison his beloved 4-3-3 system. There’s one enforced change, with Fabian Delph’s reckless red at Leicester meaning Oleksandr Zinchenko will return at left-back.
Up front, it could be the same trio of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, who all started in the East Midlands.
The early signs under Hasenhuttl are that Saints are now a 3-4-2-1 outfit. But the personnel could be switched up a fair bit following Thursday’s 2-1 loss to West Ham United.
Mario Lemina was dismal against the Irons, and could lose his midfield spot to James Ward-Prowse. A few others may be rested, but expect the in-form Danny Ings to keep his place up top.
Despite a modest four goals in 10 meetings with the Saints, Aguero still leads the Anytime Goalscorer market at 4/5.
Following a brace in the last clash between the sides, we go 23/20 for Sterling to register Anytime, while 7/2 says he chalks up Two or More Goals.
For the hosts, Ings is 23/10 to add to his recent tally of four goals in five games. And Nathan Redmond – who struck the solitary goal against West Ham – is 5/1 to score again here.
Where: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
How to watch: Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event
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