Preview - Manchester City vs Southampton 02 November 19

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Match Day 11
Manchester City vs. Southampton
Saturday, November 2nd 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 3.20
Average goals against per match: 0.90
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero ( 8 )

Last five matches form: L L L D L
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 2.50
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (4)

It's hard to know exactly what kind of fixture a team would like on the back of a humiliation in front of the watching tv millions - or even if they would want one at all.

We do strongly suspect though that a trip to the Etihad to take on Pep Guardiola's goal happy defending Champions wouldn't be anywhere near the top of Southampton's wish list. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they face on Match Day 11 as they bid to get that 9-0 annihilation at the hands of Leicester City out of their system.

The Saints two clashes with City last season didn't go particularly well. The team from St. Mary's going down 3-1 at home and suffering a 6-1 thrashing in this one.

City haven't been impregnable here this season, with Wolves coming away with a win and Spurs claiming a point. On the other hand, they have already smashed eight past Watford, so it will be understandable if the Southampton defence are quaking in their boots just a little.

Southampton's record on the road has actually been pretty good so far this season, with wins at Brighton and Sheffield United and a draw at Wolves last time out. Quite what went wrong in that Leicester game only the players know, but there's no doubt a huge amount of character will be required here.

Southampton really were so bad at the back against Leicester, with the fact that they were down to ten men being a pitiful excuse for the lack of organisation and effort at times. Don't expect them to be as bad as that here, but they surely can't improve enough in such a short space of time to get anything out of this one. Home win - and likely a pretty comfortable one too.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 - 0 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 26 - 3
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 17 - 0
Possession: 76% - 24%

Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Ederson were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Lee Mason also taking the name of Pierre Hojbjerg of Southampton.

It was something of a dream start for the visitors, with Southampton taking the lead in just the 13th minute. A bit of a calamity from Ederson this one. Stuart Armstrong firing in a low effort from the right edge of the area which was straight at the keeper. Ederson spilled it though, and there was James Ward-Prowse following in to slot in high from a couple of yards.

Predictably it was all City from then on in - although they did only manage to register a low four total efforts on target, and Southampton did take their lead into the break.

The equaliser did look inevitable and duly arrive in the 70th minute. Kyle Walker pulling the ball back into the area from the right by-line and finding Sergio Agüero eight yards from goal and in a central area. First time finish from the Argentine through the legs of the keeper.

The winner then arrived four minutes from time. Alex McCarthy getting a hand to a cross in from the left but the ball dropping perfectly for the steaming in Kyle Walker to finish first time on the volley from eight or nine yards.

2-1 final score.

Fair credit to Southampton really. Two away trips to Manchester City in the space of week were always likely to end in two defeats, but the players should take a little pride from the fact that they only lost 5-2 on aggregate across those two games - it looked to have the potential to be much, much worse than that following that 0-9 home debacle against Leicester City.

The Saints remain in the bottom three and two points adrift of safety. City stay second - still six points behind Liverpool.

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