Kick-off: 1500, 04/11/2018
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
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What Trueform says for Man City vs Southampton
Manchester City remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season and head into Sunday’s clash with Southampton having conceded just three goals in 10 top-flight fixtures.
Saints are struggling up front with only six strikes in the same number of matches, having drawn a blank in five straight games in this competition.
Those stats make odds of 3/4 for a home win to nil look a gift for our opening Man City vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City made it 26 points out of a possible 30 when edging out Spurs 1-0 at Wembley, with Riyad Mahrez’s sixth-minute effort proving decisive.
The Blues did not dominate possession as per usual, having 52 per cent, but Spurs rarely threatened to break through until Erik Lamela blazed a great chance over the bar late on.
Although it was far from a vintage performance on a shocking playing surface, that was still a sixth league clean sheet on the bounce.
“It was a good victory against a tough opponent, the most physical opponent I have faced in my career,” Pep Guardiola said. “It was a good game in difficult conditions with the pitch.”
Despite missing a crucial penalty against Liverpool, Mahrez appears to be becoming more and more prominent in City’s forward play.
Last Man City EPL line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, B Silva, D Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero.
City are without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered knee ligament damage in Thursday’s Carabao Cup win over Fulham and could be out for up to six weeks.
Defender Nicolas Otamendi is out with a tendon problem, but midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is close to returning after a hamstring injury.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have played 475 minutes of Premier League action since last hitting the back of the net in this competition and had another frustrating day when drawing at home to Newcastle.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Jack Stephens and Nathan Redmond were all denied by Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka, Danny Ings’ shot was bravely blocked by Federico Fernandez and Shane Long side-footed wide late on.
Defender Wesley Hoedt said: “We need to be positive about the play that we showed, because we were dominant and the better team, but you have to be honest as well.
“We need to score goals; it’s five games without one for us now and that is not just the responsibility of the forwards. The whole team needs to step up from back to front.”
Etihad Stadium is hardly the easiest place to end such a barren run, though, and we’re adding 25/4 for a 3-0 home win to our Man City vs Southampton betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Elyounoussi, Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Ings, Austin.
Saints expect to have Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg available after missing the draw with Newcastle through illness.
MAN CITY 2-0 Fulham – Brahim Diaz (2)
SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 Newcastle
Head-to-head: Southampton 0-1 Man City, Man City 2-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-3 Man City, Man City 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 4-2 Man City, Man City 3-1 Southampton
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