The final match of Saturday’s schedule pits Southampton against Manchester City at St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints are at the bottom of the table with only 23 points, and as a result, the bookies have them as heavy underdogs in this match. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to return to the starting lineup, while Armel Bella-Kotchap, Juan Larios, and Tino Livramento are all still in the hospital.
The Citizens, on the other hand, are aiming for their fifth consecutive league victory, and now that Erling Haaland has recovered from his injury, we are tempted to back the title-chasing visitors. Southampton knocked Man City out of the EFL Cup quarter-finals earlier this year, so Pep Guardiola’s men are out for vengeance. The only absentee from the visiting team should be midfielder Phil Foden (abdominal injury), while Portugal ace Bernardo Silva should be recalled to the starting lineup.
Southampton and Manchester City will face off in the Southampton vs Manchester City of Premier League 2023 on 8th April 2023 at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Southampton vs Manchester City, Premier League 2023
Date: Saturday, 8th April 2023
Kickoff: 10:00 PM (IST)
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
Southampton suffered a setback last weekend when they were defeated 1-0 by fellow strugglers West Ham. A single goal from defender Aguerd was enough to seal the victory, leaving the Saints at the bottom of the table. The injury list for the home team this weekend includes Valentino Livramento, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Juan Larios, Mohamed Salisu, and Che Adams.
Southampton Possible Starting Lineup:
Bazunu (GK), Ćaleta-Car, Bednarek, Perraud, Walker-Peters, Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Walcott & Mara
Man City may be without Foden and Haaland this weekend, but they didn’t need either player in their 4-1 win over Liverpool last weekend. Despite falling behind in the 17th minute, Man City were always the better team in this game, and Alvarez equalized in the 27th minute to tie the game at halftime. City shifted gears early in the second half, taking the lead through De Bruyne in the first minute and then making it 3-1 through Gundogan in the 53rd. Grealish capped off a man-of-the-match performance by scoring the fourth goal 16 minutes from time.
Manchester City Possible Starting Lineup:
Ederson (GK), Aké, Stones, Dias, Akanji, Gündoğan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Rodri, Mahrez & Álvarez
Southampton vs Manchester City Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Manchester City has a slight advantage over Southampton, having won 40 of the 99 games played between the two teams, compared to Southampton’s 32 wins.
- Manchester City has scored 45 goals in 17 Premier League games this season, the most in the competition thus far.
- Manchester City is unbeaten in their last six games against Southampton in all competitions, with their last defeat coming by a 1-0 margin in the Premier League in 2020.
- Southampton has only three victories in 18 Premier League games this season, which is the joint-lowest in the competition.
- Manchester City is unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, with their only loss coming against Liverpool in October of last year.
Statistics for Southampton and Manchester City
Southampton will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to West Ham United in their previous game.
Southampton had 56% possession and 9 shots on goal, three of which were on target. West Ham United had 11 shots on goal, two of which were on target. West Ham United’s goal came from Nayef Aguerd (25′).
Rubén Sellés’s Southampton has been rewarded for their attempts on goal a total of 5 times in their last six games, giving them an average of 0.83 goals per match.
Southampton hasn’t beaten Manchester City in their last five league games, according to their record. In their last two league games, the team has failed to win at home.
Manchester City will enter this game fresh off a 4-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool in their most recent outing.
Manchester City had 69% possession and 17 shots on goal, with 8 on target. Julián lvarez (27′), Kevin De Bruyne (46′), lkay Gündoan (53′), and Jack Grealish (74′) scored for Manchester City. Liverpool had four shots on goal, one of which was on target. Liverpool’s goal came from Mohamed Salah (17′).
Manchester City has scored a total of 23 goals in their previous six meetings. Manchester City has also scored in each and every one of those games. During that time, they have only allowed one goal. However, we will have to wait and see if that pattern will be repeated in this match.
According to their previous results, Manchester City has not been beaten by Southampton in their last two league games played away from home. They have not been defeated in their last four league away games.
- Juan Larios is out for the rest of the season due to an injury.
- Armel Bella-Kotchap is still out with a shoulder injury.
- Che Adams and Mohamed Salisu both missed the game against West Ham due to injuries sustained while on international duty and will have to be evaluated before this game.
- Tino Livramento has returned to training but will most likely remain out due to injury.
- Phil Foden has been ruled out following the removal of his appendix.
- Erling Haaland will have to be evaluated prior to this game.
Southampton vs Manchester City Prediction
When all factors are considered, Southampton will most likely create enough chances to score against this Manchester City team, but a single goal may not be enough.
As a result, we anticipate a very close game with Manchester City winning by a 1-2 margin when the final whistle blows. Let’s just see how this one plays out. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Manchester City to win at the odds of 1.05.
Southampton vs Manchester City Key Player:
Kevin De Bruyne – Man City’s Belgian star has dominated most games this season, controlling the tempo, scoring a few goals and assisting more than any of his teammates.
The 31-year-old scored and assisted again against Liverpool last weekend, giving him four goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for club and country.