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Manchester City are preparing to play against Southampton on Sunday, July 5.
Ahead of the game, Sky Sports’ football expert Charlie Nicholas has made his prediction.
“Southampton were so impressive when they returned. Since then they have dipped a little bit but they have not played badly. Manchester City have become refreshed and written off the title, but it has made no difference to their attitude; just look at the Liverpool game,” said Nicholas.
“Pep Guardiola was giving instructions in the first drinks break and was having a go at Ederson who was getting some extra practice – the intensity is still there. Who is guaranteed to start? Perhaps Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, and Ederson. Those five would always be guaranteed starters, but even Pep could give any of them a rest to keep everybody hopeful and on their toes.
“How good was De Bruyne against Liverpool? When I looked at him and Sadio Mane for the Player of the Season award, De Bruyne is so far above, and I mean that with the least disrespect possible for Sadio Mane, who has had an exceptional season. His touch, vision, movement is impeccable – he has absolutely everything. Liverpool know how good he is. He is fabulous and a pleasure to watch.
“I see Man City prepping themselves to meet Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup and the Champions League in August. Leroy Sane has gone, while Phil Foden is increasing his reputation and played well against Liverpool once more. Foden is beaming at the minute. Southampton have to get the ball first in order to counter-attack, but they will struggle against City.”
Charlie Nicholas score prediction: 1-3
source – Sky Sports
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