Southampton will welcome Man City to the St. Mary’s Stadium this weekend, looking to continue a good run that has seen them win two in three since the league’s restart.
The hosts who currently occupy 14th place have had two in three games go their way in recent times with their impressive win over Watford in their last outing, pulling them towards a mid-table finish.
City meanwhile were back to winning ways in their last game demolition champions Liverpool in a Guardiola masterclass at the Etihad. With their eyes set firmly on a strong finish to the season, the visitors will look to pick up three points here.
Danny Ings and co. will be expected to lead the line here with Pierre Emil Hojberg and Sofiane Boufal, still missing through injuries.
Defender Eric Garcia returned to the side following a brief spell with injury, so Pep Guardiola is expected to retain the same starting eleven that did a good job against Liverpool with Phil Foden and captain de Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. With Sergio Aguero set to miss the rest of the season through a knee injury, Jesus will be expected to lead the line again this time.
Head to Head
City have won five of the last five meetings between both teams. But they have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last four.
Southampton last five competitive games: WLWLL
Man City last five competitive games: WWLWW
Southampton remain an interesting side under the guidance of Austrian tactician Ralph Hasenhuttl. Their recent form has seen them record two wins in their away games while their home games have seen them lose twice. In fact, The Saints have failed to score in two of their home games in the league.
They remain one of the worst performers at home this season, and their 33 goals conceded is the worst home record in the league.
However, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping that a fit and firing Danny Ings will be able to fire his side to a win here with the Englishman scoring three times in as many matches since after the restart.
City meanwhile produced arguably their most impressive performance since the restart in their last outing against Liverpool. ‘The Cityzens’ remain the most entertaining side with 81 goals to their credit so far.
However, the visitors have lost two away league games on the bounce, although those games did come away to Chelsea and Manchester United. They head into this game as favorites and will be looking to press home their intent for serious business heading into next season.
Over 55% of their away games have featured above 3.5 goals while they have failed to score in just three of their Premier League games this season.
City to win @ 1/3
Both teams to score/Yes @ 10/11
Over 3.5 Goals @ 7/5