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: 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
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Betting prediction: Southampton 1 – 1 Manchester City
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: 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.
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|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|
|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||Manchester City FC|
|77||Shots on goal||91|
|67||Shots off goal||95|
|56%||Average ball possession||65%|
|1||Shots on post||1|
|2||Shots on bar||4|
|22||Goals by foot||26|
|4||Goals by head||3|
|Southampton FC||Manchester City FC|
|1.09||Average Goals Scored||1.85|
|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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.