Manchester City travel to the south coast on Sunday to face a Southampton side that have returned from the hiatus with two wins from three games to all-but confirm a comfortable midtable finish.
Southampton have returned from the hiatus with two wins and a defeat from three games and will be confident of giving the division’s most in-form a test, having put in a balanced, impressive and professional performance to dispatch with Watford in midweek, winning 3-1.
Danny Ings continued his remarkable scoring form with two decisive goals at Vicarage Road, taking his total tally to 18 goals for the season. The former Liverpool man now has three in three since lockdown and looks to have a very real chance of winning the Premier League golden boot award, just one behind current top scorer Jamie Vardy. The striker is 8/1 to score first here, 9/4 anytime and 14/1 to bag another brace - or if you want a real long shot, he’s 80/1 for a hat-trick.
The visitors bounced back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last week, confirming Liverpool’s title, by breezing past Newcastle to make it to the FA Cup semi-finals with a dominant 2-0 win last Sunday before getting some revenge on the newly-crowned champions with a remarkable 4-0 victory, producing an excellent all-round performance.
With a hectic schedule, Guardiola may use these final few league outings as a chance to experiment and give some youth prospects a chance, but with the FA Cup and Champions League still to play for, he’ll be looking to use this time to maintain a competitive edge, while Kevin De Bruyne is three off Thierry Henry’s all-time assist record of 20.
Pep Guardiola’s men have a good recent record against Saints, with six straight wins. But Southampton, at least, have breached City’s defence in each of the last three meetings.
We recommend backing a Manchester City win here, and a comfortable one at that, but for both teams to score. An away win is only 3/10, but both teams to score and win is 7/4, and a third straight City 3-1 win over Southampton is 11/1.
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