Manchester City (20 PTS) vs. Southampton (24 PTS)
Saturday, December 19th at 10:00 AM
The Line: Manchester CIty -215 / Southampton +575 -- Over/Under: 2.5 Goals Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Southampton and Manchester City face off on Saturday in an English Premier League showdown at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton has found all kinds of success this season and they currently sit in 3rd place in the standings with 24 points. This is a big test for them though, and if they were able to come away with a victory that would raise even more eyebrows. In the last game against Arsenal Southampton opened up the scoring in the 18th minute with Theo Walcott. Southampton had 65 percent of the possession in that game, but they only had three shots on goal and in this game they are going to need the offense to be good. In this game, Southampton also needs to make sure they keep control of the possession and getting any early goal would go a long way. Falling behind against Manchester City would be a big issue.
On the other side of this matchup is Manchester City who currently sit with 20 points which puts them in 9th place. Manchester City can’t be happy with the way they have played this year and each of the last two games they have played to a draw. Two games ago they played to a 0-0 draw with Manchester United and in the last game against West Brom, it was a 1-1 draw. Manchester City had 76 percent of the possession in the last game and seven shots on target, but only one went into the back of the net, and in this game it’s going to be important that they get a few more in the back of the net. Getting the first goal would go a long ways for this team too.
Southampton is at home and their fans are going to be going home happy in this game. Look for Southampton to get the first goal, for their defense to be good, and that will lead to Southampton getting the job done on the money line.