The tough games keep coming for Manchester City as they continue on their quest to rein in Liverpool and Chelsea in pursuit of a second Premier League crown.
With the Citizens taking to the field before both of their title foes, they can move to within one point of the summit with victory, though Southampton are likely to provide more friction than their 15/2 match-betting price dictates.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are on offer at 3/10, with the draw a 9/2-rated outcome, but it’s the half-time/full-time market which punters are advised to visit for the best value on this one, with a tied contest after 45 minutes preceding a home win available to back at 17/5.
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Saints have been level in 13 games at the break this season.
This lends favour to the south coast club’s ability to hold City in the first 45, but their record against top-half dwellers makes for dreary reading for travelling fans.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have failed to win 13 of their 15 meetings with rivals that fall into this category, suggesting that the hosts will come good after the orange intake even if it’s all square when the half-time whistle sounds.
Man City haven’t been ahead at the break in five of their last eight at home.
The game was all tied up at the interval when the pair collided in the corresponding fixture earlier in the campaign too.
Unlike the St Mary’s meeting, though, City have emerged victorious from drawing at half-time in five across their last eight also, while they’ve also had the better of the second half on 18 occasions in the league this season.