Manchester City vs Southampton preview, betting tips and prediction: City to return to high scoring ways against Saints

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Manchester City sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and, even at the end of November, that is beginning to look like an unassailable lead. Never say never in football, but City are winning every game in every condition right now; they are travelling to face tough teams and playing them off the park with the use of Guardiola’s brilliant footballing philosophy.

To contrast that success, Southampton are struggling to play expansively. They sacked Claude Puel at the end of last season because the football they played was so poor, despite somehow finishing eighth on less than 50 points. Mauricio Pellegrino has not yet been able to change things in an attacking sense, instead looking to build from the back. Their last away trip, at Anfield, saw them lose 3-0 to Liverpool, and a repeat performance could see it getting much worse at the Etihad Stadium.

We fully expect a comfortable home win in this one, but Southampton will have chances on the counter attack if they are brave enough to take them.

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Southampton have looked solid but unspectacular for over a year now under two managers, but that defeat at Liverpool exposed some concerns for the fans. Their defending looked like they couldn’t grasp how to stop Liverpool, which could suggest it will only get worse on Wednesday night. Over the six games before Everton on Sunday, the Saints had won just once, and hadn’t done so away from home. They have some good players in their ranks, but it could hardly be any more ominous for their trip to the North West.

Everybody knows just how good City have been, but in the Champions League against Feyenoord in midweek, they were made to wait for the breakthrough. It is easy to just expect a heavy win for Pep Guardiola’s side, but it doesn’t always happen that way, though they are still averaging over three goals per game in the Premier League. Their six games prior to Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield, yielded five wins and 13 goals across three competitions. The football on display is like nothing previously seen at times.

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It is almost impossible to guess Pep Guardiola’s thinking at Manchester City when it comes to team selection, and with an almost fully fit squad available to him, he may take this opportunity to shake things up. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have been alternating matches lately, but this could be an opportunity for Bernardo Silva to stake his claim. The former Monaco playmaker has not had many opportunities as of yet since signing, but that may change.

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Oriol Romeu is likely to miss out for the visitors, but for all of Pellegrino’s defensive principles, he was quite happy to play an attacking team against Everton. Charlie Austin led the line from the start and his physical presence makes a repeat likely.

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