Game: Manchester City vs Southampton
League: English Premier League
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Man City are coming off a loss to rivals Manchester United. But this Southampton team coming to visit the Etihad Stadium will not only be without the same type of fire power Man United have upfront, but they will also be missing their top scorer, Danny Ings.
Southampton have 1 win, 1 draw and 8 losses in their last 10 matches. The only win came against last place Sheffield United. Southampton lost by 2+ goals in 4 of those 8 losses.
Man City were on a 21-match winning run before falling to rivals Man United this past weekend. In the 21 victories, 16 were by 2+ goals.
Man City spend the most average time of possession in the opponent’s third of the field while spending the least amount of time in their own third. Man City lead the league in goals, shots, goals against, xG, xGA, and clean sheets. Man City give up the least amount of fouls per game. Southampton are a team that have scored 33% of their goals from set pieces. Man City have given up the least amount of set piece goals against in the EPL. With Ings out of the lineup and set piece plays at a premium, Southampton should struggle to find ample opportunities to score.
After a training session in which Man City players came out to prove to manager Pep Guardiola how serious they are taking the loss to United and how ready they are to respond vs Southampton, Pep said he has “no doubts” about the response his players will make against a struggling and injured Southampton side.
With Foden, Aguero, and Silva all benched for the match versus United. City will have fresh legs who will be on the front foot.
Dee’s Best Bet:
Man City -2 Asian Handicap (-105) Good to -125
Risking 1.25u to win 1u