The Premier League is already well and truly underway as we have started to see what teams are running with their momentum and what teams have already hit a slump in their season. There is still a long way to go yet and this weekend brings with it a number of interesting match ups.
One of these matchups is no doubt the Man City vs Southampton fixture. The Saints do not have a fantastic record against the Citizens but their defence has looked solid this season. They will be looking to hopefully add another draw to their tally of 3 as a point from the Etihad is surely all they can hope for. My Premier League predictions weekend takes a closer look at their chances.
City may have stumbled on the opening day of the season but since that first game they have been nothing short of unbeatable. 4 wins on the spin including a 6-3 midweek humbling of RB Leipzig in the Champions League has us seeing exactly why City were crowned Premier League champions last season. Guardiola’s side are starting to find their rhythm. While there were initial concerns about the fact that City didn’t sign a striker, the goals have still been coming thick and fast from all areas of the pitch. Pep’s men will be looking to continue their great run of form against the Saints this Saturday.
The Saints have not exactly been setting the world alight with their football this season but to be fair, they haven’t been losing either. Hasenhuttl’s men lost on the opening day of the season but since then they have played out 3 draws in a row, 2 of which were against strong opposition in Man United and West Ham. Saints fans shouldn’t feel too concerned about these results early in the season especially considering how tough their run of fixtures have been. Unfortunately, it’s only going to be tougher at the Etihad on Saturday. If the Saints can snatch a point on the road again here they will be more than happy with that.
The head to head record between these two sides does not make for pretty reading if you’re a Saints fan. City have always found a way to beat Southampton whether by narrow margins or with bags of goals.
The Saints last recorded a win against City in 2020 but aside from that one off victory, City have won 9 of their 10 most recent fixtures against Southampton. Most of these wins were handsome as well, with at least a 2-3 goal margin. Saturday afternoon may not be any different as my Premier League betting tips UK are well and truly leaning towards another City win.
While City are the runaway favourites for this fixture, it’s still a good idea to take a look at some of the previous results in this fixture as well as my key takeaways. You may be able to pick out a betting market based on these previous results.
My Premier League betting tips are undoubtedly favouring a City win here. Southampton have looked solid at the back but I don’t see any way that they could possibly hold out against this City attack. My Premier League betting tips for this fixture is a City win by at least 2 goals.
With City going from strength to strength after each game it seems like this mountain is just too insurmountable for the Saints. Football is a strange game at times but I can’t see this fixture going any other way than a comfortable City win. Off the back of scoring 6 goals in midweek the City attack is looking sharp heading into this fixture, with Jack Grealish appearing to be well and truly settled in his new team now.
The Saints will need to show mental fortitude and a real resolute defence if they are to have any chance of taking points off of the champions this weekend. Even then, a clean sheet is about as likely as snow in the Sahara desert for the Saints. The Saints will need the rub of the green on the weekend and a miracle to keep the Citizens out.
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