Southampton’s hugely unexpected assault on the top four looks to have genuine sustainability, though the visit of champions Manchester City kicks off a run of fixtures which could restore some natural order in the Premier League.
Situated in second place Ronald Koeman’s Saints have earned the right to be labelled the narrowest of 21/10 outsiders to defeat Manuel Pellegrini’s 13/10 shots at St Mary’s, next to a draw at 5/2.
However, as you’ll see from our highlighted bets on the televised clash, it’s not a price we’ll be backing:
As impressive as Southampton’s remoulded team have been, there is no question the cream always rises to the top and in this case that means third-place City will be ahead come the final shakedown.
The Citizens should actually have their noses in front by teatime Sunday after this 13:30 kick-off, where a fourth away win of the season beckons, thanks largely to the form of one man.
Saints have the best defence in the league statistically, but a titanium cage would not be able to contain Sergio Aguero at present, following his 12th, 13th and 14th strikes in all competitions against Bayern Munich to ensure successive wins.
The south coast side were unconvincing at Aston Villa on Monday and although they have a superb home record thus far, City looked to have turned a corner and their extra quality can inflict a first St Mary’s defeat on the hosts.
This bet would have landed on seven separate occasions this season and given the Argentine’s deep purple patch – of six in his last five appearances – it’s a horse worthy of plenty more flogging.
City’s attack has always been their best means of grabbing Premier League points over tight defensive displays, even on the road.
Only Chelsea have plundered more than the 13 City have on the road this season, levelling out at just north of two per away match.
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