Kick-off: 1415, 30/12/2018
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Southampton vs Man City
Southampton’s resurgence stalled against West Ham on Thursday but they should still be fired up again for the visit of faltering champions Manchester City.
The Blues slipped down to third in the Premier League table following back-to-back surprise defeats versus Crystal Palace and Leicester.
With Pep Guardiola’s side losing their aura of invincibility, 23/10 for Saints to avoid defeat is our opening Southampton vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton couldn’t maintain the momentum gained from wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield when going down 2-1 to West Ham at St Mary’s Stadium.
Nathan Redmond scrambled home the opening goal on 50 minutes, but Felipe Anderson’s double then put the Hammers in front before the hour mark.
Saints did have other chances, with Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong going close, while a strong penalty appeal was turned down when Declan Rice held on to Jan Bednarek, just before United broke away for the winning score.
However, Ralph Hasenhuttl told BBC Sport: “The way we lost it was too easy, we didn’t play such a good game. If you give it away like we did, then you don’t deserve to win.”
We still believe Saints are on the right track under their new regime, though, and St Mary’s should be buzzing for this high-profile fixture.
Looking at the Southampton vs Man City odds, there is value appeal in 13/5 for Saints to score first for a fourth straight game.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Targett, Bednarek, Valery, Romeu, Armstrong, Lemina, Redmond, Ings.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Injuries to key players have hurt Manchester City of late, with Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva all spending time on the sidelines.
Those three experienced internationals often provide the stable platform which frees up other individuals to sparkle.
All looked well when Aguero set up Bernardo Silva to open the scoring at Leicester on 14 minutes, but Marc Albrighton headed in a quick equaliser and City were then stunned by Ricardo Pereira’s superb late decider.
De Bruyne and David Silva also featured at King Power Stadium, but still seem short of peak fitness, while Danilo was a touch wobbly when filling in for the rested Kyle Walker.
Chasing silverware on so many fronts appears to have put a strain on even City’s deep squad and Fabian Delph will now be absent after an 89th-minute red card.
Guardiola said: “It was a similar performance to the Crystal Palace game. We started well but conceded a goal the first time they arrived in our box. Mentally, we are lacking confidence in that situation.
“We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back. Of course, we are worried.”
The champions must always be feared, but our Trueform chart clearly suggests that 9/1 for a home win is worth adding to the Southampton vs Man City betting tips.
Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
SOUTHAMPTON 1-2 West Ham – Nathan Redmond
Leicester 2-1 MAN CITY – Bernardo Silva
Head-to-head: Man City 6-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-1 Man City, Man City 2-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-3 Man City, Man City 1-1 Southampton
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