Manchester City will aim to give their fans another reason to celebrate after their 4-0 victory in the FA Cup, when they face off against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
They are considered heavy favorites to win the match, but coach Pep Guardiola will want to make sure his team avoids complacency.
Key players Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne are expected to be included in the starting lineup, and the only player expected to be absent from the away team is Ruben Dias. Southampton is looking to build on their recent FA Cup win against Crystal Palace.
However, they have been on a six-game losing streak in the Premier League, and given Manchester City’s impressive performance against Chelsea, it is expected that Manchester City will advance to the EFL Cup semi-finals without much difficulty.
The home side will be without Armel Bella-Kotchap, Theo Walcott, Juan Larios, Tino Livramento, and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy due to injuries.
Southampton vs Manchester City Head-to-head
Manchester City has scored four goals in each of their previous two matches against Southampton.
One of these was a 4-0 win in December at Etihad Stadium during the first half of the Premier League season.
However, it’s worth noting that Manchester City has only won 12 out of their last 37 away matches against Southampton.
Southampton vs Manchester City Prediction
Southampton has lost three games in a row since the restart of the Premier League, despite facing weaker opponents such as Brighton, Fulham, and Nottingham Forest.
They also have a crucial match against Everton on Saturday afternoon. Even without the upcoming match, Manchester City is heavily favored in this game.
It is challenging to predict anything other than a commanding victory for the visitors. Erling Haaland may be rested, making Julian Alvarez a good option for anytime goalscorer pick at odds of 2.00.