Manchester City are in desperate need of points in the Premier League and for them winning this game is a must. But, Southampton have been playing really well since Hasenhuttl has been in charge, so getting all 3 points at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday is not going to be easy. To see whether they can do it, make sure to read our Southampton vs Manchester City prediction and betting tips. Matched betting with Profit Accumulator could be the great option if you want to place the bet on this game.
Even though they’ve started playing really well lately, Southampton are still among the biggest candidates for relegation. And if they want to stay in the league, they will have to do their utmost in literally every single match. It’s going to be very difficult against Man City, but they will have to try it.
Man City are a wounded beast and Southampton smell blood. But, can they actually kill the beast? When you compare the squad strength of the two, the advantage is obviously on the side of the visiting team. But, unlike Man City who seem uninspiring lately, the Saints have been pretty creative since Hasenhuttl has been in charge.
It seems that all of their players are very motivated to give their best, both in order to help the team win point and to present themselves in the best way to the new manager. And mind you, the transfer window opens in January, so there might be fear among some of them that Southampton may decide to part ways with them.
All this means that you can expect all 11 Southampton players to run like crazy all over the pitch, not just to keep Man City players away from the goal, but perhaps even to try to score against the last season’s champion.
This team lost 3 out of 4 previous Premier League matches, two of which happened on the road (against Chelsea and Leicester). But, the worst defeat happened at their home, where they lost to Crystal Palace. Obviously, there’s something wrong with Man City, but they mustn’t let the poor run continue for too long. Otherwise, they can say goodbye to their title dreams.
But, this team does have the players that deserve to be the champions. They’re strong in every aspect of the game, while their biggest strength comes from the fact that they have a very long bench. They did struggle with injury problems recently, but it seems that those days are over now. Man City are traveling to the south coast of England with their strongest team.
Another thing giving them confidence is that they have a very good record against Southampton, having won each of their previous 4 meetings. And if they beat Southampton, it’s going to do wonders for their confidence, which is exactly what they need at this moment. Not just because of the three Premier League losses, but also for the fact that they take on table leaders Liverpool on the second day of 2019.
- Ryan Bertrand (doubtful)
Manchester City absentees:
- Benjamin Mendy (injury)
- Claudio Bravo (injury)
- Fernandinho (doubtful)
McCarthy – Yoshida, Bednarek, Vestergaard – Romeu, Hojbjerg, Valery, Targett – Richmond, Armstrong, Ings
Ederson – Otamendi, Laporte, Walker, Zinchenko – David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne – Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Aguero
Southampton vs Manchester City Prediction
Manchester City need to win this game in order to keep up with Liverpool (and Tottenham). Who knows what’s going to happen in their clash with Liverpool, so they simply can’t afford to lose any more points when playing against weaker teams.
Southampton vs Manchester City Betting Tips
- Manchester City @1.33 (bet365)
- HT-FT 2-2 @1.90 (bet365)