Man City, in hopes to be on top against Southampton

Man City, in hopes to be on top against Southampton

Manchester City and Southampton are set to meet for the 99th time across all competitions, where Man City is hoping to be at the top of the league table. Man City entertains Southampton for their Premier League match on October 8, 2022, at 10:00 PM. The hosts won 39 matches of their 99 meetings, while the visitors won 32 of which. Although in the league, City showed dominance, Southampton does not have a bad record against them. Although Southampton is not having a good record in the league, they might stand a chance against the opponent.

The hosts are currently impressive across all competitions, especially their last match against Copenhagen. On their last match, they scored an impressive 5-0 win against Copenhagen in the Champions League. It is not surprising though as they are currently the second in the Premier League, and can be on top if they win this match. Meanwhile, as for the visitors, they are now in the 16th place in the league table. They only won once in their 13 matches against the hosts. Additionally, they have lost five of their last six away games in the Premier League. It may look pessimistic, but that does not close their possibility of winning this match.

Manchester City

Premier League: Manchester City
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Man City managed to extend their winning streak in all competitions to five matches. Just recently, they were able to have a comfortable win against their opponent. As they return to the Premier League, they are the remaining team which is unbeaten from their opening eight matches. In their last Premier League match, they won against Man United in a 6-3 victory at home. Despite a good record, this squad is still wary of the threat their next opponent pose. However, it is good that they have a very good home record as they are currently in a 15-game unbeaten run at home.

For this match, there is a tendency that their manager will opt to sit out and rest their key players in preparation for their match against Liverpool. Additionally, they will also be without Kalvin Philips, John Stones, and Kyle Walker because of their own injuries. Luckily, Rodri could possibly come back for them. He already recovered from his minor injury, making him possibly debut in this game.

Southampton

Premier League: Southampton
Photo courtesy of PA Photo

This squad has the opposite fate with their opponent as thy suffered their third consecutive defeats in the Premier League. As they face Man City, they are put into a tough test as they are 14 place below their opponent. Additionally, they must be back on winning ways to avoid being eliminated in the tournament. They can gain confidence from the fact that they scored six in their last seven games at the Etihad. If they are fortunate enough, this streak could continue, and go to their winning ways.

Valentino Livramento and Romeri Lavia are both sidelined because of their ACL and muscle injury respectively. Luckily for them, Lavia’s return is inching closer as he gets better and better recently. With his absence, Gavin Bazunu could step-up and do Lavia’s role for the team.

Prediction:

Manchester City (3.5)
Odds: -0.88

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