Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Southampton take on Manchester City at the St Mary’s Stadium looking to inflict a third consecutive league defeat on the champions for the first time since 2008. Southampton remain just outside the bottom three places with a three-point advantage. Meanwhile, Manchester City have dropped to 3rd place in the league table after a surprising turnaround of events. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Southampton’s mini revival of back-to-back league wins was brought to an end by a home defeat against West Ham after the Hammers picked up a 2-1 victory.
Manchester City lost back-to-back league games and Guardiola’s team have dropped to 3rd place in the table. The defending champions are now an incredible seven points behind Liverpool.
The reverse fixture witnessed a 6-1 humiliation for Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, while Manchester City were only able to get a narrow 1-0 victory in the last trip to the St Mary’s Stadium. Our betting tips and predictions expect a victory for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester City win at 1.30[/bet_tip_now]
Even though Southampton are in a position to inflict a third consecutive defeat on Manchester City, it is a result that is unlikely to take place given that Guardiola’s team will be desperate to get back to winning ways and avoid further dropped points in the table. Even at seven points, the deficit to Liverpool is starting to look excessive and further dropped points may be disastrous for City. Southampton are likely to have taken a lot of cues from the way Crystal Palace and Leicester City have played against City in the last two matches, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are not on par in terms of quality. Our preview would go with a win for Manchester City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester City win at 1.30[/bet_tip_now]
Southampton vs Manchester City draw odds: 6.00
Southampton win odds: 11.00
Correct Score odds
Manchester City are at a significant juncture with the team’s defence being woefully exposed in recent weeks. Guardiola, though, is a stubborn manager and is unlikely to change the style of play or tweak the tactics. Southampton have been rather disappointing up until the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has brought about a significant impact going forward. Our correct score prediction would go with a 3-1 win for City.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester City 3-1 win at 11.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The poor defensive run enjoyed by Manchester City along with one of the magnificent offensive line-ups in the division of the defending champions make them strong candidates to score a couple of goals – even if they have been on a poor run of form. Meanwhile, Southampton have also showed decent offence going forward. Our total goals prediction would go with over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.53[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero had multiple opportunities to score against Leicester City but the forward has shown signs of rustiness since coming back from a time on the sidelines. Raheem Sterling has a much better record against Southampton after managing six goals in 12 games against this team – including a brace earlier in the campaign. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Raheem Sterling.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Raheem Sterling at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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