Southampton aim to keep up good form against Manchester CityPublished on April 14th, 2017 3:41 pm EST
Written By: Cian Murray
Manchester City travel to St. Mary's for the late kick-off on Saturday. There they play a Southampton side who will be hoping to build on their recent improvement in form.
The Saints are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games and will fancy their chances against a City side who have only won one of their last four games. Of course, City do lie a few places above their opposition in the table, but we still think that 7/2 is an incredible price for the home team.
Pep Guardiola's side are priced at just 3/4 to defy recent form and gain a win here. Among City's recent run has been two draws, against Arsenal and Liverpool. If you think they'll share the spoils in this encounter, you can back that result at a price of 14/5.
These two sides drew in their last game against each other; a 1-1 result back in April. You can back a repeat of this scoreline for around 6/1.
Saints' winger, Nathan Redmond, opened the scoring that day and he is priced at 9/1 to do the same this weekend. Jordy Clasie is starting to reach his potential for the club and is priced at 28/1 to get the first goal.
When looking at the goalscorers' markets, it is difficult to ignore City's abundance of excellent attackers. Atop of that list is Sergio Aguero, who is 100/30 to get the opener. Young attacker Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the reverse fixture for the Manchester side. He is priced at 5/1 to get the first goal here.
This game last season was an absolute goal-fest; Southampton came out on top in a 4-2 cracker of a game. Shane Long got the opener and the Irish striker is priced at 7/1 to do the same here.
Considering that game, backing Southampton to win and both teams to score might be the best bet available. This is priced at around 6/1 with most bookmakers. If you think City will do the job, you can put money on them to win a game where both sides score at 2/1.
City need to win to keep their fight for a top-four place alive, while Southampton have very little to fight for as they are not going to get into Europe and they're not going to be relegated.
Thus, our money is going to go on Guardiola's side to buck their poor form of late and grab a win. We also fancy the outrageously talented David Silva to open the scoring. He is priced at 8/1.