Mauricio Pochettino has had a decent start to life at St Mary’s following the uproar after Nigel Adkins was surprisingly sacked and he will be hoping to continue this decent start against the champions of England.
Southampton – 5/1 BlueSq
Draw – 16/5 Betfred
Manchester City – 13/20 Bet Victor
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Despite not winning any of his three games in charge (D2 L1) the performance levels of the Saints have been excellent, especially against Manchester United where they lost 2-1 but Sir Alex Ferguson said they were the best they have faced this season in the second half.
Rickie Lambert will be hoping to get to 100 goals for the Saints and given his recent form I think he just might do it in this game.
Manchester City have found themselves 9 points behind their neighbours in the league following two successive draws but have the boost of Yaya Toure returning to help them close the gap in the league. The pressure is starting to mount on Mancini and while he says the title race is still on anything other than a win and the league title is all but over in my opinion.
Form wise City has only lost one in six games away from home (W4 D1 L1) and have beaten Southampton earlier in the season 3-2.
Interestingly Southampton has scored first in 3/4 times against top four sides the last time they have played them. They scored first against Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal recently and with the way they have been playing, with Rickie Lamberts added incentive and the fact City have had so many players away on international duty I can see this happening again.
Southampton to score first – 23/10 BlueSq
Rickie Lambert anytime goal scorer – 11/4 Coral
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