Preview - Manchester City vs Southampton 04 November 18

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Match Day 11
Manchester City vs. Southampton
Sunday, November 4th 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.70
Average goals against per match: 0.30
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (6)

Last five matches form: L L L D D
Average goals per match: 0.60
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (3)

With just one win to their name in the Premier League this season, and none in their last six, Southampton bid to stop the rot this weekend. Unfortunately for the Saints it's a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City which is next on the agenda.

Manchester City did the double over Southampton last season. Both games were pretty close though, with Pep Guardiola's men coming out on top 2-1 in this one and winning 1-0 at St. Mary's.

Claudio Bravo remains out for Manchester City whilst Kevin De Bruyne must also be a major concern having come off with a knee injury against Fulham in midweek. Having only just returned from a spell on the side-lines City fans will be hoping it's not too serious. No confirmed absentees for Southampton at this stage.

This looks a mismatch between two sides very likely to spend the majority of the season fighting it out at opposite ends of the table. 

Most concerning for Southampton is the fact that they have now failed to find the back of the net in five consecutive Premier League outings. That ineffectiveness in front of goal is likely to make things very tough indeed against this free-scoring City outfit, particularly as the defending champions have only conceded three goals in the league all season. This looks like a comfortable home win.

Prediction: Manchester City 3 - 0 Southampton


Half time: 4 - 1
Full time: 6 - 1
Shots:  13 - 14
Shots on target: 9 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 61% - 39%

Two yellow cards dished out by referee Lee Mason at the Etihad. Sergio Agüero having his name taken for City and James Ward Prowse doing likewise for Southampton.

Southampton did have a go against Manchester City here and certainly racked up more efforts on goal than the away side usually manages here. This is perhaps a lesson as to what happens when you try to attack this Manchester City side though.

The opening goal came in just the sixth minute. David Silva playing in Leroy Sané in the left of the area and Sané's low cross across the six-yard box being diverted into his own net by Wesley Hoedt from close range.

After 12 minutes it was 2-0 and really as good as over as a contest. Raheem Sterling causing havoc when tearing towards the by-line on the right-hand side and playing the ball across the goal for Sergio Agüero to finish from around a yard.

Keeping up the pattern of scoring every six minutes, the home side made it three after 18 minutes. Sterling down the right again, this time lofting in a cross which made its way to David Silva around ten yards out to the left in the area. Fantastic volleyed finish from Silva into the top left.

Southampton did get on the scoresheet in the 30th minute. Ederson bringing down Danny Ings in the area, and Ings stepping up to convert into the bottom right.

No chance of a comeback though and City made it four on the stroke of half-time. Agüero doing well to win the ball in the left of the area and laying the ball back for Sterling. Sterling completely scuffing his first effort but maintaining control to finish from eight yards down the centre. 4-1 at the interval.

Agüero and Sterling combined again in the 67th minute. Agüero this time slipping in the England man in the right of the area and Sterling finishing really well across the keeper into the bottom left.

The final goal of the game came in the first minute of stoppage time. Phil Foden to Sterling on the left. Sterling to Sané on the edge of the area. Sané to the bottom left corner. 6-1 final score.

Manchester United stay unbeaten and top of the table. Southampton slip to 16th.

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