An unrelenting Manchester City side come back to domestic proceedings following a 5-0 thumping of Copenhagen as bottom-half Southampton arrive at the Etihad Stadium.
Erling Haaland’s first-half double inspired Pep Guardiola’s high-flyers to another overwhelming Champions League win and maintained their 100% Group G start.
One point away from mathematically sealing a berth in the competition’s knock-out stages, the Cityzens can turn their attention back to the Premier League, where they currently trail top-placed Arsenal by a point.
Since being held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in mid-September, the back-to-back English champions have gone into overdrive, racking up consecutive league triumphs via a three-goal margin.
Following a scintillating 3-0 romping of Wolverhampton Wanderers on the eve of the international break, Man City flew out of the traps since the restart, thrashing Manchester United 6-3 in last weekend’s derby.
Unlike their hosts, Southampton’s underwhelming Premier League start indicates they could be in for another season-long struggle in the bottom half of the table.
Despite taking the lead early in the second half, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side finished on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline against Everton last time out, recording a third Premier League defeat on the spin.
Having won just twice after the opening eight league rounds (D1, L5), the Saints come into this fixture only one point clear of the relegation zone, as Hasenhuttl’s position in the dugout hangs by a thread.
Last weekend’s demolition of Man Utd marked Man City’s eighth successive Premier League triumph at the Etihad, all of which saw Guardiola’s well-oiled machine net 3+ goals.
Too hot to handle in the attacking third, the Cityzens have tallied a staggering 29 goals after the first eight Premier League rounds, the joint-most at this stage of a top-flight season.
Much of the credit for Man City’s free-scoring start to the season goes to Haaland, who has clocked up 14 league goals this term while notching up a hat-trick in his last three appearances at the Etihad.
In stark contrast to City’s rampaging scoring performances, visiting Southampton have drawn a blank three times in their last five Premier League outings.
Hasenhuttl will be more worried about his team’s defensive vulnerability that has seen them concede at least once in 18 consecutive Premier League matches on the road.
Overall, they’ve managed just two clean sheets across their last 28 top-flight travels, though one of those shutouts came in a scoreless draw at the Etihad in September 2021.
Manchester City vs Southampton Potential Line-ups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Sergio Gomez; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish.
Southampton (4-4-2): Gavin Bazunu; Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Duje Caleta-Car, Larios; Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Joe Aribo; Sekou Mara, Che Adams.
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Manchester City vs Southampton Prediction
Southampton’s fragile backline stands no chance against Haaland and his teammates as we back Man City to run riot and send the Saints home wondering if they could’ve conceded fewer.
Manchester City 4-1 Southampton
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