Manchester City vs Southampton Preview

April 4, 2014
By: Deke Hardman

Edin Dzeko

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City face Southampton.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who will move to within a point of leaders Liverpool if they take all three points here, go into the game on the back of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

The 2012 champions remain favourites to finish the season in first place, with many pointing to their game at Anfield next weekend as a potential title decider.

The hosts remain without top scorer Sergio Aguero, who is still side-lined with a hamstring problem, though he could be available for the trip to Merseyside.

Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are each priced at 5.5 (9/2) to open the scoring with Bet 365, with Yaya Toure a 6.5 (11/2) shot with the same firm.

The home win is 1.34 (10/29) with 888 Sport, with Southampton as highly priced as the 10.0 (9/1) on offer from Bet 365, who offer 5.75 (19/4) for the draw.

Southampton eased past Newcastle United last time out to move to within six points of the top six in the top flight.

Thanks to City’s victory in last month’s Capital One Cup final, a sixth place finish will be good enough for the Saints to secure a return to European football for the first time in over a decade.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns, so could name the same side that beat Newcastle so impressively last weekend though Victor Wanyama may be fit in time to feature as he nears a recovery the leg injury that his kept him out for the past four weeks.

Top scorer Jay Rodriguez is 13.0 (12/1) to get the first goal of the game with Bet 365, while fellow England World Cup hopeful Rickie Lambert can be backed at 12.0 (11/1) with Bet Victor.

The sides drew 1-1 when they met at St Mary’s back in December, while last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 3-2 victory for the then reigning champions.

With three wins from the Saints’ last five league games on the road, you may be tempted to back the visitors to avoid defeat at 3.6 (13/5) with Sporting Bet.

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