Tip Manchester City - Southampton
The biggest news of the past weekend was Manchester City’s loss at home to Manchester United in the Manchester Derby. The defeat ended a fine run for City and they’ll be looking to restart another one when they host Southampton. City head to this game still topping the table with 65 points while Southampton have 33 points, in 14th place. On Sunday, City failed to score for the first time in 23 matches as they lost 2-0 to Manchester United. That loss also brought to an end a 21-game winning streak and an unbeaten run of 28 matches. City are 11 points ahead of the second placed side and will still be in good shape when Southampton comes touring. Sergio Aguero is back and should start in this game, having sat on the bench for the entire 90 minutes against United. The Citizens have eight wins in nine home league matches and have scored at least two goals in six of their last 10 league matches at home. In the last 10 meetings with Southampton, City have won eight.
Southampton beat relegation threatened Sheffield United 2-0 in their last match and will head to this game looking to squeeze more points in their push for a higher finish. It will be tougher here, and they know it, being the fourth poorest side in defence this season. The Saints have conceded 44 goals and going to this game they have seven losses in 10 matches. They have eight losses and just a win in their last 10 league matches. At some point Southampton were free scoring but that is now a distant memory; the team has failed to score in five of the last seven league matches. The win over Sheffield United sent the Saints seven points above the relegation zone and survival is now within sight. They will however have to plan for this clash without their lead scorer Danny Ings, who left injured in the Sheffield United win.
Key points Manchester City - Southampton
Manchester City have eight wins in their last nine home league matches.
Manchester City have eight wins in 10 meetings with Southampton.
Southampton have failed to score in five of seven away league matches.
Southampton have lost eight of their last 10 league matches.
Manchester City have scored 2 or more in six of the last 10 home league matches.
Conclusion Manchester City - Southampton
Manchester City were very dominant against Manchester United even though they lost. They will still offer strong opposition to Southampton, who are coming from a win over Sheffield United. City have the quality and have been doing well at home, while Southampton haven’t scored a lot away from home in the league. Back City to win in both halves.
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Manchester City Southampton Prediction published on March 8, 2021