- Etihad Stadium
- Manchester City have scored 16 goals in their three competitive home games this season.
- The hosts have won each of their last three home league games by a 5-0 scoreline.
- Southampton haven’t won away to Manchester City since 2004.
Citizens up and running with title defence
Manchester City may have started the season slowly with back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the Community Shield and the Premier League, but there’s no doubting Pep Guardiola’s side are back up to full speed now.
Their thrilling 6-3 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday made it four wins in a row for the defending league champions and the fear over their failure to sign a new striker in the summer has all but disappeared thanks to their incredible attacking record.
They have scored 17 goals in their last four matches and there’s every chance they will add a few to that tally against Southampton on Saturday.
Saints’ winless streak to continue
The Saints haven’t looked too bad this season, but a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park set them off on the wrong foot and, following their draw last weekend, they remain winless in the top flight this term.
That elusive first win is unlikely to come on Saturday, either. Their last trip to the Etihad ended in a 5-2 defeat in March and they haven’t won away to Manchester City since 2004.
Goals galore for the home side at the Etihad
I can’t look beyond a Manchester City thrashing here. They have scored at least five goals in all three of their home games this season and they ended last season’s home games with a 5-0 drubbing of Everton. Backing Manchester City to score at least three looks fantastic value.
Incredibly, each of Manchester City’s last three home league games have ended in 5-0 victories and, with them putting five past the Saints when they last hosted Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, I’m opting for a fourth consecutive 5-0 win as my correct score prediction.
Manchester City predicted lineup: Carson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Jesus, Sterling, Torres
Southampton predicted lineup: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Tella, Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Armstrong
- Manchester City’s last three Premier League home games have been wins with over 3.5 goals
- Six of Manchester City’s last eight Premier League games have featured over 2.5 goals
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- 30 Oct