Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds
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Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips

This article covers Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips and predictions.

Also included is a thorough Southampton vs Manchester City betting preview.

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

WHICHFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Nike Premier League Strike Football photographed on April 23, 2020 in Whichford, Warwickshire, United Kingdom. No Premier League matches have been played since March 9th due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by VISIONHAUS)

Southampton vs Manchester City: Match details

Match: Southampton vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League

Date: December 19, 2020

Kick-off time: 3:00 pm, December 19, 2020 (UK time)

Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium


Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 04: Leroy Sane of Manchester City in action with Jack Stephens of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Betting prediction: Southampton 1 – 1 Manchester City

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The Saints welcome Manchester City to St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Saturday for this Premier League match.

 

Manchester City dominates the head-to-head between these sides in the Premier League, with 18 wins to 7. Southampton’s 1-0 win here back in July was their first win in this fixture in 9 games; a run stretching back to 2016.

 

Looking at the overall record between the two teams stretching back until the 1960s, the head-to-head is much closer. City still leads, but their 29 wins are only 4 more than Southampton.

 

The Saints’ best years against City were prior to Sheikh Mansour acquiring the Citizens. Between September 1999 and April 2004 they won 5 of 7 matches between the clubs. Interestingly, they had a 100% away record at the time and won only 2 of their 4 matches here.

 

Since their purchase by Sheikh Mansour, City have won 12, drawn 2 and lost 3 in this head-to-head.

Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton evades Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Southampton vs Manchester City: What are the betting odds?

The Saints won the previous match between these sides back in July. They also start the day above City in the league table. Despite this, they are the 11/2 underdogs to beat City at home on Saturday.

 

Man City have won on 3 of their last 4 visits to St Mary’s Stadium. Thus, they start this match as the 4/9 on favourites to take home all 3 points.

 

There have been just 2 draws in the last 19 matches between these sides. Odds of 15/4 are available if you see Southampton and Manchester City cancelling each other out on Saturday.


Southampton vs Manchester City – recent form and head to head statistics

Southampton FC vs Manchester City FC form
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Southampton FC vs Shrewsbury Town - 2:0
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Leicester City FC vs Southampton FC - 2:0
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Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC - 1:0
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Southampton FC vs West Ham United FC - 0:0
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Fulham FC vs Southampton FC - 0:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Manchester City FC vs Crystal Palace FC - 4:0
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Manchester City FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion FC - 1:0
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Manchester City FC vs Birmingham City - 3:0
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Manchester United FC vs Manchester City FC - 0:2
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Chelsea FC vs Manchester City FC - 1:3
Last 5 games for Southampton FC
January 19, 2021 FA Cup 20/21 Southampton FC 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Town
January 16, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Leicester City FC 2 - 0 Southampton FC
January 9, 2021 FA Cup 20/21 Southampton FC 0 - 0 Shrewsbury Town
January 4, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Southampton FC 1 - 0 Liverpool FC
December 29, 2020 Premier League 20/21 Southampton FC 0 - 0 West Ham United FC
Last 5 games for Manchester City FC
January 17, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Manchester City FC 4 - 0 Crystal Palace FC
January 13, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Manchester City FC 1 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
January 10, 2021 FA Cup 20/21 Manchester City FC 3 - 0 Birmingham City
January 6, 2021 EFL Cup 20/21 Manchester United FC 0 - 2 Manchester City FC
January 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Chelsea FC 1 - 3 Manchester City FC
Southampton FC vs Manchester City FC Premier League 20/21 form
Southampton FC Manchester City FC
18 Matches played 17
8 Matches won 10
181 Goal attempts 258
77 Shots on goal 91
67 Shots off goal 95
73 Corner kicks 117
56% Average ball possession 65%
37 Shots blocked 72
27 Cards given 22
261 Free kicks 203
37 Offsides 27
1 Shots on post 1
2 Shots on bar 4
22 Goals by foot 26
4 Goals by head 3
26 Goals scored 29
21 Goals conceded 13
Southampton FC vs Manchester City FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Southampton FC Manchester City FC
33 Matches 33
16 Home Matches 17
17 Away Matches 16
36 Total Goals 61
1.09 Average Goals Scored 1.85
7 Wins 19
19 Losses 7
7 Draws 7
Last 5 games & match results between Southampton FC and Manchester City FC
December 19, 2020 Premier League 20/21 Southampton FC 0 - 1 Manchester City FC
July 5, 2020 Premier League 19/20 Southampton FC 1 - 0 Manchester City FC
November 2, 2019 Premier League 19/20 Manchester City FC 2 - 1 Southampton FC
October 29, 2019 EFL Cup 19/20 Manchester City FC 3 - 1 Southampton FC
December 30, 2018 Premier League 18/19 Southampton FC 1 - 3 Manchester City FC
Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Danny Ings of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton FC at Selhurst Park on September 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Southampton vs Manchester City: Recommended bets

Southampton won their last home match against Manchester City back in July by a scoreline of 1-0. A repeat of this score on Saturday is available at odds of 22/1.

 

Manchester City’s last win at St Mary’s Stadium was back in December 2018. You can back them at 11/1 for the same 1-3 scoreline here on Saturday.

 

Southampton’s 1-0 win here last season was the first match in five to see under 2.5 goals scored. Given City’s scoring problems this season, odds of another under 2.5 goals match at 6/4 could prove very good value.

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Sergio Agüero is working his way back to full fitness having struggled with injuries most of this season. He made a goalscoring cameo against Marseille in City’s final Champions League group match a little over a week ago. The Argentina international is 3/1 to score the game’s final goal on Saturday. Or 8/11 on to bag a goal at any time during the game against Southampton.

 

Danny Ings (above) made a goalscoring return from the bench at Brighton at the start of this month. Since then, he has failed to find the net against Sheffield United and Arsenal. Despite this, Ings is the favourite of those in red and white to get on the scoresheet on Saturday at 6/4. You can back the England international at 11/2 to grab the game’s opening goal.

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Southampton vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions & odds

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during a drinks break during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venus resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Southampton vs Manchester City: Match preview

In a vacuum, Manchester City’s start to the season has been a disaster by their high standards. It also follows their pattern of steady decline from the heights of their ‘Centurions’ season.

 

Their points total in each season after 12 matches were 34 in 2017, 32 in 2018, 25 in 2019, and just 20 today in 2020. Their dropoff in goals scored this season is even more pronounced, which has gone from 40, to 36, to 35 and is now just 18.

 

All of this makes the decision to give Pep Guardiola a contract extension seem a strange one by the Manchester City board. Any other coach who suffered such a clear drop in performances over a period of several years would likely be replaced rather than renewed.

 

However, 2020 has been a strange year and perhaps we should not be applying norms to events and results this season. The other dominant sides in Europe’s big 5 leagues are dropping points they would never be expected to.

 

PSG failed to create a big chance at home to Lyon last weekend while falling to a 0-1 defeat. Juventus have drawn half their league games this season. Dortmund were just demolished 1-5 at home by Stuttgart. Closer to home, Premier League Champions Liverpool were thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa.

 

It is a tough condensed season, but even more so for sides who were involved in European football in the summer and have been playing 2 games a week, every week, all season such as City.

 

Not to mention, footballers are also human too. All the stress and anxiety we all feel over this difficult year, they will feel too. We have all found it difficult to maintain focus on things this year, with other thoughts pushing their way to the front of our mind. Therefore, inconsistency with usually consistent sides isn’t a surprise.

 

This isn’t meant as an excuse, more of an explanation. Perhaps some understanding and patience is required more-so than usual. It is something rarely afforded elite performers in sports though.

 

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton, who exited the Carabao Cup after just one match, have had just one match per week to worry about since mid-September. They are more rested and fresher than any side in the Premier League and have no real injury concerns to key players coming into this busy period.

 

If ever there was a side well-placed to capitalise on the struggles of the ‘bigger’ sides this season, it is this Southampton side.

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Ralph Hasenhutt

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Ralph Hasenhuttl manager of Southampton celebrates the win during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at St Mary’s Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Southampton team news vs Manchester City

Head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl (above) is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that draw at Arsenal in midweek.

 

Sam McQueen is the only player ruled out for the Saints at the weekend due to a cruciate ligament injury.

 

Will Smallbone is available once again but is unlikely to feature here as he continues to build up some match fitness with their U23 side.

 

Mohammed Salisu is yet to make an appearance for Southampton since making the £10.8m move back in August. With Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard proving to be the bed-rock for Southampton’s season starting each of the last 11 games together, he has a job on to replace either of them in defence.

 

Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond have found themselves on the bench following the signing of Theo Walcott and the return from injury of Danny Ings. The pair will hope to take advantage of any rotation over the Christmas period.

Sergio Aguero

NAPLES, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between SSC Napoli and Manchester City at Stadio San Paolo on November 1, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

Manchester City team news vs Southampton

Philippe Sandler and Oleksandr Zinchenko remain ruled out of Pep Guardiola’s side.

 

Eric Garcia joins them on the treatment table with Guardiola confirming the Spanish defender will play no part in City’s busy Christmas schedule due to injury.

 

Sergio Agüero (above) played his first Premier League minutes since October in midweek against West Brom. He managed only a 14-minute cameo and failed to get either of his 2 shots on target that came his way. Despite Manchester City struggling to score this season, Guardiola is unlikely to rush Aguero back and risk another injury. He could play the final 30 minutes here though.

 

John Stones, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Ferran Torres were all rested for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. All four are expected to be involved this weekend, if not from the start then introduced from the bench.

 

Nathan Aké made his first league start since mid-October on Tuesday evening. He had been out with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty with the Netherlands until recently. He is expected to be replaced by Stones once again here. Pep may even chose to drop both central defenders with Laporte coming into the side for Dias, who scored an own-goal.

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Predicted Southampton line-up vs Manchester City

Southampton's predicted XI to face Manchester City.

Southampton’s predicted XI to face Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Southampton

Manchester City's predicted XI to face Southampton.

Manchester City’s predicted XI to face Southampton.


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