Manchester City will be aiming to maintain the feelgood factor when they travel to St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton.
Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed newly-crowned champions Liverpool 4-0 on Thursday, restoring some measure of pride after their failed title defence this campaign.
Southampton vs Manchester City latest odds
Having won each of their last seven matches against this opposition, they are 3/10 (1.30) favourites with bet365 to come out on top once again here.
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The Saints have the worst home record of any team in the Premier League, so are unsurprising 9/1 (10.00) outsiders to pull off a shock win.
Just one of the last 13 encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 4/1 (5.00) on offer on this one finishing in a stalemate.
Southampton vs Manchester City team news
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sofiane Boufal will both need to be assessed as they struggle with ankle and thigh injuries respectively.
Fernandinho is available once again after serving his two-match suspension, leaving Sergio Aguero as the only absentee for the guests.
Southampton vs Manchester City preview
While Liverpool may have lacked full focus after a week of celebrating and with nothing left to play for, the Citizens’ performance on Thursday still underlined their ruthless quality on the ball.
They certainly looked determined to see out the rest of the league season in winning fashion, particularly with FA Cup and Champions League glory still on the table.
This does not bode well for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, who have lost six of the last nine fixtures and four out of five league matches on home turf.
Southampton vs Manchester City predictions
Indeed, odds of 5/6 (1.83) actually seem extremely generous on a motivated City winning by at least two clear goals against a Southampton team they have beaten in each of the last seven meetings – scoring 20 and conceding just five.
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