Manchester City visit Southampton on Saturday in a match-up that looks like it could be the biggest blow out of the season. At least on paper, but of course, as we all know, matches aren’t played on paper.
The overall series is actually very even. Southampton have 33 wins to Man City’s 40, while the two sides have split the spoils on 27 occasions.
Southampton FC vs Manchester City FYIs
Kick-off time: 5.30 PM GMT, April 8, 2023, St. Mary’s Stadium
Team News for Both Sides: go here
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PL Standings: Southampton FC 20th, 23 pts Man City 2nd, 64 pts
PL Form Guide: Southampton FC LDLDW Man City WWWD
Google Result Probability: Southampton FC 8% Man City 77% Draw 15%
That said, any time the defending champions are taking on the team that has spent most of the season in dead last place…well, you know what to expect here. As do the bookies, with Southampton backed to win to the tune of 39/4. A draw cab be had for 5/1 at most sports books while the pricing on Manchester City to win this match is typically 1/5.
In terms of the first team prediction, we think Erling Haaland will be on a pitch count here, and only play limited minutes.
Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC
Ederson; Ake, Dias, Laporte, Walker; Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Grealish; Alvarez
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