class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Guardiola's winning run came to an end on Sunday but our tipster is expecting them to bounce back with a comfortable win over Hasenhuttl's Saints
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their first Premier League loss in over three months when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.
A 2-0 defeat by rivals Manchester United ended a 21-match winning streak in all competitions, albeit Pep Guardiola’s side are still 11 points clear at the top of the table.
Manchester City vs Southampton Latest Odds
Having won 20 of their 28 Premier League matches this season, bet365 make City just 2/11 (1.18) to add another three points to their tally this week.
Southampton ended a run of nine games without victory at the weekend but are out at 14/1 (15.0) to stun the runaway leaders.
None of the last eight top-flight meetings between these two teams have finished level and a draw this time is available at 13/2 (7.50) .
Manchester City vs Southampton Team News
Nathan Ake is back in training and may return to the bench after being injured since Boxing Day, which would give Guardiola a full-strength team.
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Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi are all out for the rest of the season, whilst Danny Ings and Theo Walcott are not likely to play until after the international break.
Manchester City vs Southampton Preview
Whilst their lengthy winning streak ended in arguably the worst possible fashion on Sunday, City are unlikely to be too downhearted ahead of this clash.
Guardiola’s side found their groove after a slow start to the season in that 21-game winning run, of which 15 were in the Premier League, and 10 of those league victories were to nil.
Although City’s defence has admittedly faltered of late, conceding in four of the last five games, they still boast the meanest backline in the league with only 19 goals against and Southampton are likely to struggle going forward.
Indeed, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have only scored eight goals in their last 14 top-flight games – with only two of those coming in the nine matches against top-half teams.
Manchester City vs Southampton Tips and Predictions
It is difficult to see Southampton having much joy in this one and bet365’s offer of 4/5 (1.80) on Man City to win and keep a clean sheet looks the best way to go for this Premier League clash.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.