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Manchester City v Southampton Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

10:37 PM MYT 04/11/2018
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Completely lacking in cutting edge, Al Hain-Cole expects the Saints to put in a determined defensive performance against Guardiola's champions

Mark Hughes will be hoping to come back to haunt former club Manchester City when Southampton visit the Etihad Stadium in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

The Welshman was in charge when the Abu Dhabi investment group took ownership of the club back in 2008, but lasted just over one full season in command before being replaced by Roberto Mancini.

Latest Odds

Having overseen just one win in 10 league fixtures so far this campaign, he is priced at a hefty 22/1 (23.00) with bet365 to get one over on his ex-employers with a shock victory here.

However, the Citizens have won seven and lost none of their last eight home matches against this opposition, and are overwhelming 1/10 (1.10) favourites to come out on top once again.

The guests have played out consecutive 0-0 draws in their last two league fixtures, and you can get odds of 9/1 (10.00) on them grinding out another stalemate in this one.

Team News

Danilo and Fabian Delph both returned to action in Thursday’s Carabao Cup tie with Fulham, while Ilkay Gundogan, Philippe Sandler and Eliaquim Mangala are also back in training following injury. Kevin De Bruyne could miss out after injuring his knee on Thursday.

Charlie Austin will face late fitness tests after picking up a minor shoulder injury, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should be fit to return after missing the last match against Newcastle due to illness.

Blunt Saints

After steering the club clear of relegation following his appointment in March, Hughes has run into same problems as predecessors Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino – a frustrating lack of cutting edge.

Having averaged around a goal per game in the last two seasons, the Saints have scored just six goals in the opening 10 fixtures of this campaign and failed to find the net in any of the most recent five.

It is hard to see that barren streak ending against a City team that has kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league, placing further emphasis on the visiting defence.

Predictions

Considering they haven’t conceded more than three goals in any of their last 28 league matches, even odds (2.00) are well worth backing on Southampton at least keeping the scoreline to under 3.5 for their fifth meeting in a row with Pep Guardiola’s men.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Under 3.5 goals for a 2pt stake at Evens (2.00) with bet365