Manchester City have built up a head of steam in recent weeks and it’s up to Southampton to try and stop Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday. The Citizens are in free-scoring form and it might well be a long afternoon for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City vs Southampton Betting Tips
City are the only unbeaten team remaining in the Premier League as they welcome Southampton to Manchester. The Citizens are on a five-match winning run in all competitions, scoring 20 goals in that time and only conceding four.
In contrast, Southampton find themselves in somewhat of a rut as they are on a run of three consecutive defeats. Goals have been the issue for Hasenhuttl’s side, having only found the back of the net once in their last three outings.
Manchester City will have to do without the services of Kyle Walker, after the England international picked up a groin injury in the derby win over Manchester United.
Walker has since undergone an operation and now faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Qatar.
City will be without two other England internationals this weekend, with defender John Stones and midfielder Kalvin Phillips sidelined with hamstring and shoulder injuries, respectively.
In better news for Guardiola, midfielder Rodri is expected to start against Saints, having missed the win over United due to a minor knock.
Saints have injury problems of their own, with right-back Valentino Livramento and former City academy graduate Romeo Lavia both sidelined for the trip north.
Over 2.5 first half total goals – 12/5
City have made a habit of blowing away teams in the first half and with the seemingly unstoppable Erling Haaland in their ranks, that could be the case again this weekend.
The Citizens have scored a combined eight goals in the first halves of their last three games and they will be expected to come out of the blocks quickly.
With Saints lacking confidence after a run of defeats, the result of this game could well be decided before the second half kicks off.
#PickYourPunt – Any player to score a penalty – 13/8
With the amount of pressure City will look to put on Southampton in the early stages, it would be little surprise to see a penalty given in this encounter.
City have players who will look to take defenders on and can draw in fouls. Jack Grealish in the left flank has the ability to cut inside and one ill-timed challenge could easily see the England star felled in the box.
Given the penalty takers in the City ranks, it would be little surprise to see a player score from the spot.
This market also provides an opportunity at the other end of the field for Southampton.
City gave away a penalty in the 6-3 win over United in their last Premier League outing and perhaps Saints can draw another error out of the Citizens’ backline this weekend.