Preview - Southampton vs Manchester City 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Southampton vs Manchester City
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: D L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (7)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.84
Average goals against per match: 0.73
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (21)

Southampton's match against Swansea last week wasn't officially a relegation play off, but it may as well have been. To pick up three points in Wales was a simply huge result for Mark Hughes men. The Saints can still go down, but only if they lose here and Swansea beat Stoke at home, and crucially there also needs to be a ten-goal turnaround in the goal difference.

Whilst a Manchester City side motivated by their attempt to reach the 100-point mark are the last side you want to play if you don't want to concede goals, even should City match their biggest away win of the season - a 6-0 mauling of Watford - Swansea would still have to beat Stoke by four. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.

Steven Davis is out for Southampton for whom Jan Bednarek is also a doubt. Sergio Agüero again misses out for City, whilst there also seems to be a doubt about the availability of David Silva.

Southampton gave City quite a good game at the Etihad earlier in the season, and should really be able to keep this respectable. We certainly don't see them taking too many risks here,

City are undoubtedly the far superior side though and its hard to imagine they won't find the gaps to come out on top against a Southampton side for who defending has often been the week link.

 Prediction: Southampton 0 - 2 Manchester City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 1 - 12
Possession: 30% - 70%

Referee Andre Marriner booked James Ward-Prowse, Cedric Soares and Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg for Southampton and Gabriel Jesus and Ederson Moraes for Manchester City.

Only needing to avoid a heavy defeat here to ensure their Premier League safety, Southampton came oh so close to avoiding defeat entirely, only to be undone by a late, late goal.

The overall stats for this game looked much the same as for the majority of Manchester City's games this season, as they dominated possession throughout. Southampton were in this game though, actually winning the shots on target count and as such were perhaps a little unlucky to come away with nothing.

An evenly matched first half saw few clear chances, with both sides largely being restricted to efforts from range.

City came close to breaking the deadlock in the 60th minute, Raheem Sterling breaking into the area and thumping an effort against the post.

In the 78th minute it could have been the Saints who took the lead. Dusan Tadic working an opening only to see his effort cleared off the line.

Headed deep into stoppage time, it looked as though the 100-point target would prove just out of reach for City….

Until a long ball from Kevin De Bruyne sent Gabriel Jesus through on goal in the left-hand side of the area. With Alex McCarthy off his line, Jesus finished with an excellent lob to trigger pandemonium on the City bench.

Southamton survive by three points in the end, demonstrating just what a big win that was over third bottom - and relegated - Swansea City last week. Mark Hughes wasn't given long in the hot-seat but did seem to improve matters in his time at St Mary's and deserves plenty of credit for steadying what had looked to be a sinking ship.

Not much remains to be said about Manchester City. 100 points. 106 goals scored, a league low 27 goals conceded and runaway winners of the Premier League by a whopping 19 points. Rarely has the title been won in such emphatic fashion.

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