Manchester City will host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League and will be looking for their fifth straight win in all competitions. The Citizens are placed fifth in the table earning nine points from their four league games this season, while Southampton are 14th, having earned three points from their four games in 2021-22. Here is our expert guess on Manchester City vs Southampton football prediction, team news, and lineup for the Premier League match.
Phil Foden made his first appearance of the season against RB Leipzig in midweek, but it’s too early to expect him to start.
Defender Nathan Ake scored his first Champions League goal against Leipzig and has a chance to start here.
Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gabriel Jesus should all return to the starting XI on Saturday after making substitute appearances on Wednesday.
Raheem Sterling has only featured in one of City’s five games. On the other hand, Jack Grealish has started every game for Manchester City this season, so rest may be in order at some point.
Shane Long has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19 and returned to training on Wednesday, but Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott remain out for the visitors.
While Jack Stephens and Mohammed Salisu appear to be Southampton’s preferred center-back pairing at the moment, Kyle Walker-Peters could fill in at right-back or left-back.
Che Adams is pushing for a recall after being left out of the squad for the game against West Ham last week, but given their task this weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising if they stick with one striker up front. Nathan Tella could make a surprise start for the visiting team this weekend.
Manchester City vs Southampton Prediction
In the last match for Champions League Manchester City has recorded 6 goals victory over 3 from RB Leipzig. In three of their last four games Pep Guardiola’s team has now scored five or more goals. Not bad for a team that did not sign a striker in the offseason.
Last weekend Southampton held a goalless draw with West Ham, giving them three consecutive Premier League draws. They have lost their last five away games against City.
In recent weeks, Southampton has been a difficult nut to crack particularly in the second half of their match against Manchester United on August 22. On the other hand, Man City is in such good form right now that we expect Guardiola’s team to score three more goals in another comfortable home victory.
Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Jesus, Torres, Grealish
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud; Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Redmond, Armstrong, Djenepo
Our Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton
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