Southampton hosts Manchester City in round 23 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team is in 12th place in the Premier League standings with 24 points. Southampton has five victories, nine draws, and seven losses after 21 rounds. The Saints performed well in the last month. They had a 5-match unbeaten streak in all tournaments. In the FA Cup, the Red-Whites were stronger than Swansea in extra time (3-2). As for the Premier League, they beat West Ham (2-3) and Brentford (4-1) and shared points with Crystal Palace (2-2) and Tottenham (1-1). But on January 15, Southampton lost an away match against Wolverhampton (3-1). The Wolves, who played defense first, took advantage of Southampton’s numerous mistakes in defense. And James Ward-Prowse hit the net with a direct long-range free-kick.
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Josep Guardiola’s team tops the Premier League standings with 56 points scored in 22 games. Manchester City gained 18 victories and two draws and suffered two defeats. The Citizens continue to confidently deal with their opponents in the championship. They have a streak of 12 consecutive victories in the Premier League. The amazing stability of Guardiola’s team is its main trump card in the fight for the title. Manchester City perfectly took advantage of the opponents’ decline and extended their lead over second-placed Liverpool to 11 points. On January 15, the Citizens defeated Chelsea at home (1-0), and now the Pensioners are probably not considered the contenders for the champion’s title. Kevin de Bruyne brought another victory for Manchester City.
Southampton managed to score one point in the first round in Manchester, but now even a draw at the home stadium will be an excellent result. Guardiola’s team s on a roll, and no one has managed to stop it in recent months. On the other hand, the Saints did not score points in only one out of ten home matches (a 0-1 defeat to Wolverhampton), so Manchester City may have a hard time at St. Mary’s Stadium. Head-to-head confrontations in Southampton rarely turn into a goal shootout. Four out of five last games ended with Under 3.5 goals scored. Another factor in favor of this bet is the pragmatism of Manchester City. No more than three goals were recorded in four out of six previous away matches in the Premier League.