James CookeSouthampton vs Manchester City, Sunday December 30th, 14:15, Manchester City will look to shake off two embarrassing losses against a resurgent Southampton when they meet in the Premier League.
Despite lacklustre recent results, very little stops Man City from scoring. Only twice in 28 games have they drawn a blank this season, which came away at Chelsea and Liverpool. Southampton meanwhile have found a scoring touch of late, scoring six goals in the last two games.
Even when Saints were struggling under Mark Hughes, Danny Ings was something of a positive. He’s got eight goals in 14 games this season – a good return by any standards – but four in his last four games, including a brace against Arsenal, will mark him out as a player to watch for UK betting sites.
Head to Head
The last three matches Southampton have played against Manchester City have been heart-breaking for different reasons. Their two games last year were incredibly close, with Southampton holding out until the 96th minute before a Raheem Sterling curler earned City a vital 2-1 win. When they met on the final day of the season Gabriel Jesus’ stoppage time winner ensured City’s title celebrations went off without a hitch.
Their game earlier this season only served to show the ever-growing chasm between the two teams as City ran came out with an emphatic 6-1 win, of which four goals were scored in the first half.
This is the first time Man City have lost consecutive Premier League games since December 2016, with the second defeat in that run also coming away against Leicester.
Six of Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s 11 Premier League defeats have come in the month of December.
Man City’s Bernardo Silva has had a hand in nine goals in his 18 Premier League appearances this season (5 goals, 4 assists), just one fewer than in his 35 games in the competition last term (6 goals, 4 assists).
Southampton have won two of their three Premier League games under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, just one fewer than they won in 22 games under Mark Hughes (W3 D8 L11).
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