Manchester City vs Southampton by Luke
It's obvious now that Manchester City hitted a poor form and that the downtrend is hurting them for now, but there's still plenty of time to improve in all competitions. However, in order to do so, the team will need to improve the performances, but also to boost their morale in front of more important matches.
The team is without a victory in last four official matches, having two draws and two defeats, most recently suffering a bit heavy 4:0 defeat away from home in Champions League against Barcelona. However, it must be said that the Citizens didn't look that poor and were actually quite thretening in the first halftime, but stil were 1:0 down, while staying with a man less in 53rd minute when goalkeeper Bravo got red carded, completely ruined their ambitions. As for Premier League, they are still first together with Arsenal and are seeking nothing but an easier three pointer here.
Citizens continue to miss experienced defender Pablo Zabaleta (5/0) and midfielder Fabian Delph (2/0). Doubtful is full back Bacary Sagna (4/0).
Southampton has upped their form recently, since the team has no defeat in last four matches in Premier League, counting three victories and a draw in most recent games. Last weekend, they celebrated quite easy 3:1 home victory over Burnley, with a specially effective second halftime.
They were better from the off and the final result could have been even bigger margin victory for the Saints, but the hosts only managed to break the opponent's defense in second halftime, thanks to two goals from Austin and one from Redmond. They are now at eight position with twelve points, but with obvious uptrend in their form and the team should be able to fight for European places if they continue in the same manner. They were defeated however away from home against Inter last Thursday evening in Europa League game narrowly 1:0, continuing now as second placed side with four points, same number as Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Southampton continues to miss defenders Alves Cedric (7/0), Ryan Bertrand (4/0) and Matt Targett (4/0). Sidelined with injuries should also be forwards Jeremy Pied (1/0) and more important Shane Long (7/0).
Citizens should be fired up to get back to the winning ways, especially after a bit humiliating defeat away to Barcelona, but I see in-form Saints also being quite active and threatening in this one as well. Odds are satisfying enough and I will take gladly.