Manchester City ended a four-match winless run in the top-flight when they put Hull City to the sword last weekend and boss Pep Guardiola will be confident that this is the start of a winning run, something that his side haven’t managed since they won four on the bounce throughout February and early March, however can they leave St Mary’s with the three points in the bag this weekend?
Southampton bounced back from their White Hart Lane defeat last month by drawing with Bournemouth and winning against both Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion. The Eagles were swept aside to the tune of 3-1 at St Mary’s before the Baggies were despatched 1-0 at the Hawthorns in Southampton’s last outing. As such the Saints remain in the top half of the Premier League table with just eight games left to play and they will be brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend meeting with City.
Is this confidence misplaced? It might well be. Manchester City may have been pretty underwhelming in recent months but the Saints have struggled against the better sides in the Premier League. They did manage to hold the Citizens to a share of the spoils at the Etihad this season but their struggles against the big boys are hard to ignore.
Pep Guardiola’s side can win this though, however their less-than-solid defence should ensure that the home side give their supporters something to cheer by finding the net at some point. Backing City to win and both teams to score clearly means that we expect a few goals along the way on Saturday. There have been at least three goals in each of Manchester City’s last three outings and in all-but-two of Southampton’s last nine in the top-flight. We expect this record to continue when the sides meet at St Mary’s.