The Saints have been the most pleasant surprise of the Premier League season so far, but will they survive the visit of Pep Guardiola’s team? Read our Southampton vs Manchester City Preview and find out.
Southampton Recent Form & Team News
Despite a numerical advantage for 30 minutes against Arsenal in midweek, Southampton could not turn their dominance into a third straight Premier League win, and temporary charge of the PL table. Still, their season has been phenomenal so far (W7, D3, L3), and although outsiders here, just 46.15% of their league matches this season have seen the matchday favorite triumph.
At home, they’ve achieved four multi-goal wins to nil against relatively weaker opponents and two big defeats against Tottenham and Manchester United that featured 12 goals, and where Southampton conceded seven second-half goals in total. Indeed, Southampton have been sharper in the first halves here, remaining unbeaten and with five HT wins so far.
Player to watch: Star striker Danny Ings has returned from injury for Southampton with a penalty goal, an assist and a yellow card across three league matches.
Ralph Hasenhuttl can be delighted to have a clean bill of health as no new injuries emerged, so he can count on all of his players.
Manchester City Recent Form & Team News
Manchester City, meanwhile, also failed to capitalize from near total domination against West Bromwich Albion in midweek, and had to settle for a draw after a first-half own-goal. It was their fifth draw across their last ten in the league (W4, L1), with four of those seeing a 1-1 final result, and marked the eighth time from 12 matches that they failed to score more than one goal.
Away from home, there’s been an extraordinary drought of goals, as five straight competitive matches on the road for City have seen just one or no team score (W2, D2, L1). Those games averaged 0.8 total goals per match and saw the action end early, as only one goal arrived in the second half.
Player to watch: Sergio Agüero, who returned from injury, scored five goals across the last five competitive H2Hs vs Southampton.
Hot stat: The last five competitive H2Hs have featured at least one first-half goal, and averaged a whopping 2.6 goals over the first period!
Pep Guardiola will be without Eric Garcia (knock) and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Southampton vs Manchester City Confirmed Lineups
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