Manchester City vs Southampton: Premier League preview


here’s no question Manchester City are capable of scoring a boat load of goals. They bagged six on Wednesday in their Champions League win over RB Leipzig and netted five each in the league meetings with Norwich and Arsenal. Add the 1-0 win over Leicester last week and that’s 17 in their last four games.

Southampton too are capable of racking up the goals as they bulged the net eight times against Newport County in the League Cup last month. But Pep Guardiola’s galacticos are an entirely different proposition than the League Two strugglers and Ralph Hasenhüttl, despite securing a home draw against Manchester United in August, will take anything he can from this match against the champions.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Manchester City vs Southampton is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Saturday, August 18, 2021.

Where to watch Manchester City vs Southampton

This match will not be broadcast live on TV in the UK.

Manchester City vs Southampton team news

With no fresh injury concerns after the 6-3 demolition of Leipzig, Guardiola has an almost full squad to choose from.

Kevin de Bruyne played 71 minutes on Wednesday and looked in complete control throughout. He was replaced by Phil Foden who was also making his return from injury. Both may get a run to help ease them back to full fitness.

Raheem Sterling could start and will need to impress as the England talisman has found himself on the periphery of Guardiola’s plans. The same could be said of Jesus who has dropped behind Ferran Torres in the pecking order.

Centre backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones did not take part on Wednesday and their fitness will be monitored before Saturday’s kickoff.

Manchester City v Southampton prediction

It’s not hard to guess which way this one is going to go. One team has a claim to being the best in the world. Their second XI would win the league in almost every country in Europe.

Their opponents are industrious and determined, but have also yet to win a league match this season. Anything other than a comfortable home win would come as a surprise.

Manchester City 5-0 Southampton

Head to head (h2h) history and results

The last two fixtures between the clubs has seen City win 5-2 at home and 1-0 away, but in July 2020 the Saints pulled off a remarkable 1-0 victory after Che Adams’ 16th minute goal proved the difference at St Mary’s.

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