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Manchester City will face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, January 22.
City are currently leading the league table with 56 points, meanwhile, the Saints are 12th with 24 points.
Ahead of the game, Paul Merson has stated his prediction on SportsKeeda.
Southampton have a surprisingly impressive record against Manchester City – they’re unbeaten in two of their last four games against Pep Guardiola’s men. Southampton can cause them a few problems. They’re composed up front, and they could pose a threat with their set-plays.
I can’t see how Southampton can keep City quiet. Man City are a machine, and it doesn’t matter who they play on a given day. You can’t imagine taking someone like Van Dijk out of Liverpool, but City bench Ruben Dias against Chelsea and still keep a clean sheet. They’ve won 12 Premier League matches on the trot – we just take Pep Guardiola and his side for granted now.
The Premier League is a hard league, and you have to be ready for every single game. Liverpool might still be in with a chance if they win at the Etihad. I don’t see a team that can beat Man City at the moment. All of a sudden, they’ve gone bang-wallop-crash!
The quicker Manchester City wrap this up, the better their chances are in the Champions League. This is a team that’s expected to win the Premier League. It doesn’t seem to matter who goes in or out of their eleven – it doesn’t really weaken the team. Southampton have troubled them in the past, but I don’t see Manchester City dropping points this weekend.
Paul Merson Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Manchester City