Manchester City vs Southampton Preview and Prediction 2021

Manchester City vs Southampton Preview and Prediction 2021

Manchester City vs Southampton predictions for Wednesday’s Premier League contest at the Etihad Stadium. Can City bounce back from their derby day defeat with a win against the Saints? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Manchester City have kept just three clean sheets in their last nine fixtures.

Southampton have scored in five of their last six meetings with Man City.

Manchester City have won 21 of their last 22 games in all competitions.

Southampton have won only one of their last ten Premier League assignments.

City aiming to bounce back from derby setback

Manchester City’s incredible 21-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday,when local rivals United shocked their hosts with a fine 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium, though the Citizens look ready to bounce back in style against Southampton.

Sunday’s derby defeat would have left a bitter taste in City supporters’ mouths, though a quick glance at the Premier League, where the title favourites hold an 11-lead over their neighbours, will certainly sweeten palates in the blue half of Manchester.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be targeting a swift response on Wednesday, where City can extend their advantage at the top by a further three points, and the champions-elect look favourites to claim the victory they need.

Saints finally end miserable run

After a dismal run of eight defeats and a draw from nine league assignments, Southampton finally stopped the rot on Saturday when they cruised to a 2-0 win at bottom club Sheffield United.

The Saints’ triumph, which was their first on the road since December, was long overdue, and manager Ralph Hasenhüttl can send his troops out in a more confident mood when Southampton play a “free hit” fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Win but no clean sheet for City?

City’s defensive performances have understandably been lauded this season, though their displays at the back have regressed more recently, as evidenced by their return of just three clean sheets from their last nine fixtures.

It’s also worth noting that Southampton have scored against the Citizens in five of the teams’ last six meetings, and with some self-belief restored after their win at Bramall Lane, the Saints could breach their host’s rearguard again.

Any Saints effort is likely to be a consolation however, as City look to bite straight back after their derby day disappointment. The league leaders’ 21-game winning streak before Sunday’s loss was mind-blowingly good, and they are worth taking to get back to business this week.

With those factors considered, backing Man City and both teams to score is advised for Wednesday’s contest, while our 3-1 correct score prediction tips the Citizens to score more than twice for the eighth time in a league game since the turn of the year.

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