Man City has extended its winning streak on all fronts to seven games after crushing Liverpool last weekend. Pep Guardiola's squad conceded a goal but fired four into their opponents' net. Pep described it as one of the most impressive displays in his seven years at Etihad Stadium.
The 100th Premier League victory for Pep Guardiola helped Man City narrow the gap to Arsenal's top spot to just five points. However, the gap was reestablished to eight points just a few hours later when Arsenal defeated Leeds United. This weekend is a good chance for Man City to close the gap on Arsenal's top spot, while Arsenal is involved in a clash with Liverpool.
It is possible to believe that Man City will handle their match well before shaking their legs to watch the Super Sunday match between Liverpool and Arsenal tomorrow. Man City is an expert in preying on bottom-of-the-table teams. They have won the last 10 games against teams starting a round with a bottom-of-the-table position, scoring 34 goals and conceding none.
Man City's strength will receive a significant boost as Erling Haaland and Phil Foden may play after missing the Liverpool match. But even with the reserve lineup, Man City is still highly superior to a sinking Southampton that is at risk of leaving the Premier League after this season.
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Last weekend, Southampton lost an important match against West Ham. Now Soton has been stuck in the bottom-of-the-table position and needs tremendous efforts to avoid relegation this season. The gap between Ruben Selles's squad and safety is four points. Nevertheless, Soton can still hope since their goal difference is still better than Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth. That's why avoiding a heavy defeat against Man City becomes extremely important.
Southampton must try their best to defend. Since taking over, Ruben Selles has only won one of six Premier League matches. The team has also failed to score in three of their last four matches under Selles's leadership.
The poor attack of Southampton is easily noticeable. They have only scored 23 goals this season, which is the worst record in the league alongside Wolves and Everton. The injuries of the striker pair Mohammed Salisu and Che Adams have deprived Southampton of potential offensive threats. Other players with good attacking abilities, such as Valentino Livramento and Juan Larios, are too young and inexperienced.
Score prediction: Southampton 0-4 Man City.
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Information around Southampton vs Man City match: Southampton: Mohammed Salisu and Che Adams are still injured. Bella-Kotchap has a shoulder injury and Tino Livramento is not yet able to return. Man City: Erling Haaland is ready to play. Phil Foden may also play after undergoing appendix surgery.
Southampton beat Man City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in January.
Soton have only won 2 out of 16 matches against Pep Guardiola's Man City.
Southampton have lost 18 matches this season and are only one match away from the club record of 19 losses in the 1998/99 and 2020/21 seasons.
Soton have only earned 11 points in 15 matches since Ralph Hasenhuttl was fired.
Soton have the worst home record in the league, with only 2 wins in 14 matches played.
Southampton are the lowest-scoring team this season with only 23 goals scored.
Southampton have not won in their last 6 matches when trailing, drawing 1 and losing 5.
Man City have won 7 consecutive matches on all fronts, including 4 consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time this season.
Under Pep Guardiola, Man City have won all 9 matches against bottom-half teams when starting a round, scoring a total of 34 goals and not conceding.
Man City may keep a clean sheet away from home for the first time this season.
De Bruyne only needs 1 more assist to become the 5th player to reach 100 assists in the Premier League.
Julian Alvarez has scored 6 goals in 7 Premier League starts.