Picking up a 3-1 win over Southampton and booking their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup earlier in the week, the defending Premier League champions will once again welcome the Saints to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
Returning from the international break in some style both domestically and while away on European duties, Pep Guardiola’s men have now won their last four matches across all formats and have continued to shine in the final third.
On the flip side, while the mood around the Etihad might be on the rise, the same cannot be said for a Saints side low on both form and confidence.
Crashing out of the EFL Cup at the Etihad on Tuesday night, the relegation scrappers have lost four of their last five matches across all formats and have also failed to win any of their previous five Premier League appearances.
With City winning each of their previous six matches against Southampton and averaging at least three strikes per game, a similar outcome can be found as low as 2/5 with Coral this weekend.
The free-scoring Sky Blues
Putting in their usual rampant display against Southampton in midweek and with an EFL Cup quarter-final to look forward to later in the month, it is no surprise that the mood in the blue half of Manchester remains at a high.
Now desperate to close the six-point buffer that Liverpool hold at the top of the Premier League, the defending champions are currently priced at 1/1 with Bet365 to lift their third straight domestic crown come May, only behind the Reds who sit at 5/6.
After making a string of changes and including a long list of academy graduates on Tuesday, there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola will once again turn to his more experienced heads this weekend.
Having to settle for a new rotation policy with Gabriel Jesus, one man who is likely to retain his place from Tuesday is leading marksman, Sergio Aguero.
Bagging a brace against Southampton in the EFL Cup in midweek, the Argentinian ace already has eight Premier League strikes to his name heading into November.
Scoring a pair of goals in back-to-back starts, you might be interested to know that Aguero is pencilled in at 8/5 with Ladbrokes to bag yet another brace at the Etihad.
Where now for Southampton?
Putting in one of the worst displays in Premier League history and suffering a 9-0 hammering at home against Leicester last weekend, the mood in Southampton’s camp remains at a worrying low.
With many now calling for Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl to be removed from his place at St. Mary’s, the Saints have failed to win any of their last five top-flight matchups, a run that stems back to the 14th of September.
Still dealing with some glaring defensive issues, the former RB Leipzig boss finds his side flirting with the possibility of breaking a very unwanted domestic record.
Should their net be breached three times again, Southampton would equal the record for conceding the most goals over three games during one season in Premier League history, a run that currently stands at 15.
Now slipping into the drop zone and many around the South Coast starting to believe that their side could once again be at the heart of a relegation scrap this season, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s guests can be found at 15/8 with Bet365 to be hit with a Championship return next summer.