Manchester City could momentarily climb to the top of the Premier League table when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Citizens currently sit in second place and only one point behind leaders Arsenal – who face Liverpool on Sunday – while the Saints are just one point above the relegation zone in 16th place.
Man City have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Southampton (W8 D3), though both their meetings last season ended in draws.
After winning their first ever league visit to the Etihad in April 2004 (3-1), Southampton have picked up just two points from their subsequent 11 away games against Man City (D2 L9).
Southampton have won just two of their 45 away league games against reigning champions in their top-flight history (D11 L32), beating Leeds 3-1 in March 1970, and Chelsea by the same scoreline in October 2015.
Manchester City have won their last eight Premier League home games, scoring at least three goals each time. The last team to have a longer run of top-flight home wins while scoring 3+ goals was Aston Villa (13 between December 1930 and September 1931).
Man City’s 29 goals after eight games is the joint-most at this stage of a Premier League campaign, level with their own record from 2017-18. Overall, in the Premier League they’ve scored 6+ goals in 21 different matches – including twice this season – two more than any other side, despite not featuring in five seasons.
Where are Man City vs Southampton playing?
Location: Manchester, England
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday 8 October
Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 EST / 07:00 PST
VAR: Lee Mason
Referee: Andy Madley
THE TEAM NEWS
PREDICTED XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Gomez; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Foden, Haaland, Grealish
UNAVAILABLE: Stones (Injured), Walker (Injured), Phillips (Injured)
PREDICTED XI (4-4-2): Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Caleta-Car, Perraud; S. Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Maitland-Niles, Aribo; Mara, Adams
UNAVAILABLE: Lavia (Injured), Livramento (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Larios (Injured), A. Armstrong (Injured)
Man City vs Southampton prediction
City are rampant at the moment and that theme looks set to continue against a Southampton side really struggling to get going this term.
A heavy City win, without conceding, looks by far the most likely outcome so it’s probably worth splitting the 4-0 and 5-0 scorelines, which are 7/1 and 10/1 chances respectively.
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