The EFL Cup returns to the fold with another set of important matches this week as Southampton take on Pep Guardiola’s impressive Manchester City side in an important clash at St. Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday. Southampton are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League standings and have struggled this season.
The Saints edged Crystal Palace to an important 2-1 victory in their previous game and will look to achieve a similar result this week. Manchester City, on the other hand, are in second place in the league table at the moment and have been in impressive form so far. The Cityzens thrashed Chelsea by a 4-0 margin this week and will be confident ahead of this fixture.
Manchester City have an excellent squad at their disposal and are the favorites to win multiple competitions this year. The Cityzens were prolific against Chelsea and will be intent on making a statement this week.
Southampton can pack a punch on their day but have not been at their best defensively this season. Manchester City are the better team at the moment and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Manchester City
This match will start from 1:30 am
This match will take place on 12 January 2023
Southampton are still unable to call upon centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap due to a knee injury, with Jones confirming that the 20-year-old is set to be out for a matter of weeks rather than months.
Stuart Armstrong also missed the win over Palace having previously been ‘playing through the pain’ and the midfielder will not return in time for Wednesday’s match, while Valentino Livramento, Juan Larios, Theo Walcott and Alex McCarthy are all doubtful with injuries.
Romeo Lavia was an unused substitute against Palace, with Jones opting to give the midfielder a rest having only just returned from injury, but the former Man City youngster could be handed a start on Wednesday, as could fellow Citizens academy graduates Gavin Bazunu and Sam Edozie.
Che Adams, who has scored five goals in his last three EFL Cup appearances, is expected to lead the line, while January addition Mislav Orsic could make his Saints debut in attack.
Bazunu; Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Salisu; Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Perraud; Edozie, A. Armstrong; Adams
Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake; De Bruyne, Phillips, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish
Tip 1: Result – Manchester City
Tip 2: Game to have over 2.5 goals – Yes
Tip 3: Manchester City to score first – Yes
Tip 4: Erling Haaland to score – Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Manchester City win with a probability of 65.77%. A draw has a probability of 19.1% and a win for Southampton has a probability of 15.15%.
The most likely scoreline for a Manchester City win is 0-2 with a probability of 10.22%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-2 (9.84%) and 0-1 (9.23%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (8.89%), while for a Southampton win it is 2-1 (4.28%).
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 7pm.
Southampton vs Man City a great match to watch, Man city will win.