Premier League Football: Man City vs. SouthamptonPublished November 28, 2015 by Florin P
Something’s got to give when two in-form Premier League teams go head to head (3:00 p.m UK Time).
After their city rivals managed to win on the road, the pressure is on Manchester City to keep up the high production of goals. It is not going to be easy against Southampton, a team that knows how to keep clean sheets and defends well against better opponents. On the road however, they pose less of a threat and on this particular occasion the top priority is to prevent the home side from scoring an early goal.
Fitness Concerns Hamper Manchester City
Fighting a battle on several fronts is not easy even for a top team such as Manchester City and their performance in the Champions League is taking its toll. Granted the team managed to return to the first position in its group, the high frequency of games has resulted in numerous injuries. In addition to key players that are sidelined, there are more than a handful doubtful ahead of this fixture.
Aguero is expected to return to the starting 11, but even if he plays from the first minute, it is unlikely for him to play the entire match. Bony is also unlikely to play, so despite its offensive talent, Manchester City is going to have a hard time putting together a competitive offensive lineup.
Southampton Prepares for a 90 Minutes Siege
The visitors are under no illusion that they start with a second chance, but they don’t mind being underdogs against teams competing for the trophy. They have their fair share of injuries, but unlike Manchester City they can afford to take it one step at a time and settle for a single point.
Gardos and Forster are probably going to skip this match altogether and it is certain that they won’t feature in the starting formation. Pelle will be the only one to spearhead the offensive, so the best bet for this fixture in the under 2.5 goals to be scored at spectacular odds of 5/4 courtesy of bet365 Sports.