Manchester City are set to take on Southampton in the premier league game on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at the St Mary’s Stadium what will be a massive game for their chances of retaining top 4 place in the league. Southampton has only won 6 of the 14 home games so far while City are one of the best in the league away from home which makes them favourites going into the match. The kickoff time is at around 17:30 uk time and SkySports will have live coverage in the UK.
Pep Guardiola’s City are two points behind third place Liverpool but with a game in hand while Manchester United and Arsenal are 5th and 6th respectively 4 and 7 points behind city but with a game in hand. As the premier leauge season approaches to its climax all the top 6 teams will be looking for consistent results specially City who are already out of Champions League and finishing in top four is priority.
Manchester City 1-1 Southampton – 23 October 2016
[ English Premier League 2016-17 ]
27′ 0 – 1 Nathan Redmond scored after intercepting John Stone’s back pass to put Saints 1-0 up at Etihad Stadium
55′ 1 – 1 Kelechi Iheanacho came on as second half sub to score the equalizer.
Team News & Lineups: Sergio Aguero’s omission for starting lineup against Barcelona caused all sorts of critcism but Guardiola is defiant in his stance. Aguero will return to starting lineup while de Bruyne, Silva and Sterling to start in attacking roles ahead of Gundogan and Fernandinho.
Southampton on the other hand will start with their trusted 4-3-3 system where Charlie Austin to play upfront while Redmond and Tadic to start in attacking roles behind Austin. Davis, Jordi Clasi and Romeu to play in central midfield roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday afternoon.
Match Predictions: Manchester City will find it hard to breakdown Southampton looking at both teams recent performances. But they have too much talent in their ranks to drop points at home against a team who can blow hot and cold. I expect City to get back on winning ways this Sunday and possibly a thumping win. I am going with a comfortable 3-0 win for City in this one.