Manchester City-Southampton Betting Preview: Back hosts to come out on top in a high-scoring game

With Manuel Pellegrini's side playing at Saturday lunchtime, they have the chance to put pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool and our tipster is backing them to battle to victory
With the race hotting up for the Premier League title, Manchester City return to home comforts after two tough away matches, with Southampton the visitors at the Etihad Stadium.

The Saints are currently looking good for a top 10 finish but due to the gap to the European places only a sensational run will give them a chance of finishing in a Europa League place.

Mauricio Pochettino's side come into this game after a stunning 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at home, where goals from Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana saw them romp to three points. This result followed up a tough loss away at Tottenham, with the Saints seeing a two-goal lead slip in a 3-2 defeat. bet365 price them at 17/2 (9.50) to cause a shock at against Man City.

Manuel Pellegrini's men sit four points behind Liverpool in the Premier League, but with two games in hand. City returned from two away matches against Arsenal and Manchester United with four points, which keeps them right in the hunt for the title.

In City's last game at the Etihad a Yaya Toure hat-trick led them to a 5-0 thrashing of Fulham as they continue to find the net at home with ease. bet365 price them at 3/10 (1.33) to win the match, with the same firm pricing the draw at 17/4 (5.25).

As well as Man City scoring a number of goals this season, Southampton have been lively in attack, netting in their last 10 away league games. The front line of Rodriguez, Lambert and Lallana has been devastating at times. The both teams to score bet would have been a play in this match, but at 8/11 (1.73), it's potentially worth looking elsewhere for a touch more value.

Instead, backing both teams to score and Man City to win at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 seems a better option. This bet would have landed against the Saints in the last four away games they have lost. When you consider City's unbelievable home record in the league, winning all but one, and also look at Southampton's scoring form away, it's tough to ignore this bet.

Both teams to score and Manchester City to win at 6/4 (2.50) for 1.5pts with bet365

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