Man City vs Southampton: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Manchester City’s quest for a fourth Premier League win in a row leads to a Saturday clash with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

The goals are flowing in the blue half of Manchester even though Pep Guardiola was unable to sign Harry Kane, or any other striker, during the transfer window.


City have bagged 18 in their last four outings – comprehensive 5-0 wins over Norwich and Arsenal, a 2-0 success over Leicester and thrilling 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the Champions League – which is a fine fightback after losing to Tottenham on the opening day.

Southampton, meanwhile, are yet to win a Premier League game this season, drawing their last three games, but do have a 8-0 whooping of Newport in the Carabao Cup to call on for confidence boosting.

Here’s 90min‘s preview of the game.

What time is kick off? Saturday 18 September,15:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Etihad Stadium
TV channel? Final Score (BBC – UK), Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports– UK), fuboTV(US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube Channel (UK – 5.15pm) Match of the Day (BBC – UK)
Referee? Jonathon Moss
VAR? Martin Atkinson

Manchester City are always rotating their team so it’s near impossible to ever predict what Pep Guardiola might do.

The Spaniard could have a problem in central defence, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones struggling with injuries and Nathan Ake a potentially doubt fter the passing of his father during the City-Leipzig game.

There are no injury concerns further forward, but Gabriel Jesus could be recalled to the starting lineup after impressing out wide of late. Jack Grealish may be rested in favour of Phil Foden, while Kevin De Bruyne’s fitness build-up may mean he comes on as a substitute here.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton are yet to win a Premier League game this season / Robin Jones/Getty Images

Southampton‘s injuries are clearing up but the game will come too soon for Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong, the latter being ruled out with a calf injury.

Will Smallbone is back in training but is unlikely to feature and Shane Long is also doubtful.

In defence, Jack Stephens and Mohammed Salisu may keep new signing Lyanco on the substitutes’ bench, having seen off the sizeable threat of West Ham’s Michail Antonio last Saturday.

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Silva, Gundogan; Jesus, Torres, Foden

Southampton: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud; Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi, Redmond; Armstrong

City’s run of spellbinding form makes them overwhelming favourites to overcome Southampton at the Etihad, particularly when you take into account their recent head-to-head record.

Guardiola’s side have emerged victorious 13 times from their last 16 meetings, including their last clashes in Manchester. In fact, the last time Southampton travelled to City and won was way back in 2004, when Kevin Phillips’ brace helped lead the Saints to a 3-1 win.

More worryingly for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his men, City are scoring goals from all over – so confidence in front of goal is running high. They should have more than enough in the tank to overpower Southampton, too, though expect the Austrian’s charges to put up a decent fight.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-0 Southampton

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Author: XenBet

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