Southampton vs. Manchester City Betting Prediction

It was yet another disappointing and damaging defeat for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City as they drew 1-1 with relegation candidates West Bromwich Albion.

City went up 1-0 through Ilkay Gundogan before Ruben Dias’ own goal put the visitors level before the break.

City was unable to find a winner as West Brom held on for a valuable point however that didn’t stop them from sacking manager Slaven Bilic and hiring survival specialist Sam Allardyce on an 18-month contract.

It’s just two wins in their last six games for Manchester City who wallow in ninth place as the gap between them and the league leaders Liverpool now stands at eight points.

Out of the top four sides in the league City have faced, they’ve failed to win; drawing against Liverpool and losing against both Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, both losses were more than a two-goal margin.

There have been enough games this season to make an accurate judgment on Manchester City and it’s not a positive one for Pep Guardiola.

The hierarchy at City might regret giving Pep his two-year contract extension because right now, he is not validating the trust they have in him.

This could realistically be Pep’s last season should he not win either the Premier League or UEFA Champions League and that possibility will cast serious doubts on Guardiola’s managerial legacy.

Another negative defeat could be on the horizon for City as they face an in-form Southampton who has my vote as performers of the season if that was an actual award.

A Turnaround for Southhampton

It wasn’t too long ago that Southampton was on the back of a record 9-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City (yes, I’ll stop referencing this) and Ralph Hassenhuttl looked certain to be sacked.

Since then, he led Southampton to an 11th placed finish, their highest league finish since the 2016/17 season, and has masterminded them to third place this season after 13 games.

After starting the season with two losses, including a 5-2 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton have lost one of their last 11 games, winning seven.

Even without top scorer Danny Ings for a number of weeks due to injury, the Saints continued earning results as they rightly sit in the Champions League places in December.

I don’t know whether my subsequent prediction for the game is either my educated guess or just blind faith in Manchester City, but I think they get back to winning ways against Southampton with Sergio Aguero on the scoresheet, should he start.

Manchester City lost the last meeting between both sides 1-0 after Project Restart.

Odds on a Southampton home win open at +600. Odds on a Man City win open at -225. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +350.

Manchester City v West Brom Betting Prediction

Manchester City can make it three wins out of their last four games with a win against West Brom, who they host on Tuesday night.

City fought to an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the Manchester derby and will be looking to inject the exciting football we know they’re capable of on show against a West Brom side who sit 19th in the Premier League with just one win in 12 attempts this season.

Man City sit ninth in the table in December in what has been a strange Premier League season. You have Arsenal who sit in 15th and two perennial bottom half teams in Southampton and West Ham United who sit fourth and sixth, respectively.

For City especially, we’ve been looking to see just when they turn it on yet, we are a month away from 2021, and all we’ve seen are spluttering performances from Pep Guardiola’s side.

We’ve reached the point in the season where midweek games come into play in December until February and Pep Guardiola once again vocalized the difficulty in England with the tough schedule.

“In the Premier League so far the teams in Europe play in different conditions to the others and now everyone plays the same amount of games until February. We are lucky to play in Europe but now is the time to play games.

“In my experience, every season we play the Champions League to the latter stages so I am used to playing more part of the season with less recovery than the others. 

“We accept because it means you are playing in the bigger stages. Right now, with how it happened all around the world the recovery doesn’t matter as much.”

Manchester City’s opponents West Brom unfortunately look set for an instant return to the Sky Bet Championship with just one win in their last 12 games, having scored just nine goals all season with Burnley (6) and Sheffield United (5) the only sides to score less goals in the Premier League.

West Brom’s only win of the season came against bottom side Sheffield United back in November and will need to work incredibly hard to get any sort of result against Manchester City.

City have had an improved defensive record of late, keeping three consecutive clean sheets; three games Aymeric Laporte did not start.

Laporte has been lauded as City’s best defender and one of the best in the Premier League but the acquisition of record signing Ruben Dias and John Stones’ return to form has left Laporte riding the substitutes bench for the time being with Guardiola saying Laporte must wait for his opportunity.

“It depends on the performance. John is performing well and that’s why he is playing but there are a lot of games. Everyone has to be ready. Be ready and don’t complain much – you may have a chance around the corner.”

I reckon Manchester City win comfortably 3-0 against West Brom.

Odds on a City win open at -1000. Odds on an unprobeable West Brom open at +2000. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +1000/

EPL Title Race Betting Predictions Week 12

With twelve weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds. 

Liverpool should count themselves lucky leaving West London with a point as they fought to a 1-1 draw with a resurgent Fulham side.

Liverpool once again went behind in the first half as Bobby Decordova-Reid netted his fourth league goal of the season with a powerful strike that proved too much for Liverpool keeper’ Alisson to handle.

Fulham had several chances to double their lead but was unable to convert their chances to put the game out of sight.

It did look like Fulham were on their way to three points over the champions, but Liverpool was handed a lifeline as they were awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time; a penalty Mohamed Salah converted for his 10th of the season.

Liverpool could have gone top of the league with a win but instead remain second and level on points with league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool returns to second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at odds of +200.

Tough Times for Arsenal

Time is quickly running out for Mikel Arteta who may not be in a job this time next week as Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat to Burnley: their fourth consecutive home loss this season.

It’s the first time that’s happened since 1959 and morale is seriously low at the Emirates. Before the game, Burnley were residing in the relegation zone and had just one win to their name but a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal aided Burnley in their claim for a desperately needed three points.

It was Nicolas Pepe two weeks ago who let down Arsenal with his red card against Leeds United, yesterday it was Granit Xhaka who was sent off, a sending off Mikel Arteta said was “even worse” than Pepe’s.

Arsenal faces Southampton, Everton and Chelsea in their next three games as the situation at Arsenal could get worse if possible.

Arsenal now possesses the eighth-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +20000 and if we were ever to start a relegation race weekly piece, Arsenal would be frontrunners.

Manchester City fought to a majorly disappointing 0-0 draw with Manchester United in a forgettable Manchester derby.

Some people have said it was the worst Manchester derby of all time as both sides were void of creativity, passion and any real urge to win the game.

Both managers seemed to be content with a draw and it suits two sides who haven’t had the greatest of campaigns this season.

It is a third clean sheet in a row for Pep Guardiola and City who finally have some sort of defensive solidity after £300 million of spending (not a dig).

City Still Favorites

Despite the lethargic performance and one that wouldn’t have you raving about Manchester City, they returned as the oddsmaker’s favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title at +163.

It’s five games unbeaten for Manchester United who drew 0-0 with city rivals Manchester City.

After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League just days before, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply could not afford another defeat and looked to set his team up to be difficult to play through and manage the game rather than take control.

United are just three points off the top four and could go ahead of a fifth-placed Chelsea side should they win their game in hand.

Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +1800, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s nine-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League has finally come to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Everton.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-half penalty was enough to secure all three points for an Everton side desperate for points.

Chelsea’s upcoming schedule is a difficult one and will once again test their potential title credentials as they face the likes of Wolves, Arsenal, and Manchester City in their next five fixtures over the winter period.

Chelsea possesses the fourth-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +650.

Tottenham Looking Strong 

We end this article with the club that currently reigns supreme in the Premier League for the third consecutive week and that is Tottenham Hotspur.

It was two points dropped from Tottenham this weekend as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace.

Harry Kane scored his ninth goal of the Premier League season in the first half and the club was 10 minutes away from going two points clear at the top of the table before Jeffrey Schlupp’s late equalizer assured they stay level on points with Liverpool.

The result sets up their clash with Liverpool on Wednesday in even better stead in what will prove to be a fabulous game of football to watch.

For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +600, the third-ranked in the Premier League alongside Chelsea.

Manchester City v Marseille Betting Prediction

After scoring consecutive league wins for the first time this season, City needs just one point against Marseille on Wednesday night to claim top spot in Group C in the UEFA Champions League.

City qualified for the knockout stages of the competition when they defeated Olympiacos 1-0 last week and can now end the group stage as group leaders at home to Marseille.

After their 2-0 loss to Tottenham in November, City demolished Burnley 5-0 and followed that up with a 2-0 win over Fulham to give City consecutive league wins for the first time this season as they head into the Manchester derby on the weekend.

Lots of Work Left for City

It’s been a mightily impressive group stage for City who has yet to lose in Europe this season and have conceded just one goal, the least out of any side in the Champions League.

While City is through to the next stage, claiming top spot is important as it guarantees they will face group runners-up and will play the second leg at home which is seen as an advantage in the Champions League.

However, that’s not always the case as the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-German finished second in their group this season, City could be in danger of drawing one of those two sides.

Because of this, City can’t take their foot off the gas against Marseille in a game where City head coach Pep Guardiola said he will not rotate his squad.

“I don’t rest players. I don’t say this player doesn’t play because I’m thinking of the other games.

“I want to win tomorrow, it’s not about the match or one more day or one less day. After Thursday, Friday we start to think against [Manchester] United.

“Everyone has played a lot of minutes, like I said we will play to win the game. I don’t rotate the team, I put all the players in the best condition and decide the best team for this game. There is not one team for one competition. The last few days except two or three players everyone was involved.”

City must be on high alert as they face a Marseille side in top form. The French side is bottom of their Champions League table with four losses in five games and has scored just two goals in the entire European campaign.

They sit fourth in Ligue 1 and are four points below league leaders Paris Saint-Germain with two games in hand. They’ve won their last five in a row in the league and have lost just once this season as they look to continue their European adventure this season but in the Europa League.

I reckon Man City wins 2-0 with Riyad Mahrez on the scoresheet.

Odds on a City win open at -350. Odds on a Marseille away win open at +900. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +475.

Olympiacos v Manchester City Betting Prediction

A point against Olympiacos on Wednesday evening would see Manchester City become the second English side to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

City have won all three group stage games this season as they travel to Greece to face an Olympiacos side who sit third in Group C, three points behind Porto and six points behind group leaders Man City.

Qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition with two games to spare would give Pep Guardiola the opportunity to rest players as we head into the busy winter schedule for Premier League clubs.

“It is important for our qualification and also to recover our feelings. To be able to win games is important. We can leave this competition until February and focus on other competitions, especially the Premier League.

“At the same time, we know how difficult it is and if we are able to get results, we travel to Porto and then have Marseille here. One step at a time but at the same time to recover, to come back and create good feelings.”

What to Expect from an Almost Perfectly Healthy Man City Squad

On a positive note, for City, everyone in the squad but Nathan Ake is currently fit and the competition within the squad will be restored according to Guardiola.

“The players have to know – and they know it – that it depends on their performances on the pitch whether they can play regularly.

“When you have 16 out with injuries or COVID from the beginning of the season like we have in different periods – not altogether but 16 different guys being out – it is more difficult to have the competition between themselves. That is the key when you play top teams in all competitions.

“Now we have it and they have to know that if they play well, they can continue and if they don’t then they have the chance to be replaced. It is important to have everyone and that is what we are looking for.”

Manchester City Betting Prediction After Losing to Spurs

A player who has made an immediate impact at the club is Ferran Torres who has already established himself in the starting line-up for City, a tough ask for a 20-year-old in his first season in English football.

While the Spaniard has yet to net in the Premier League, he’s scored four goals in all competitions as well as scoring in every Champions League game this season.

The winger also made his name on the international stage with a hat-trick against Germany in a 6-0 rout during the last international break.

Guardiola spoke highly of Torres in the pre-match press conference.

“I am more than satisfied with his performance on the pitch but especially in the locker room. He is a humble and shy guy, loved by everyone. He is generous and young, so he didn’t come with a lot of prestige, so he has remained as we knew he was, and we are more than delighted on and off the pitch.”

Despite losing to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, I feel City will hit back in Europe with a 3-0 win over Olympiacos.

Odds on a City away win open at -350. Odds on Olympiacos getting their first win in Europe open at +900. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +475.

Fasika’s Prediction: Olympiacos 0, Manchester City 3

Manchester City Betting Prediction v Tottenham Hotspur: Week 9

Manchester City face a tough test on Saturday afternoon as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in North London.

Before the international break, Man City fought to hard-earned draw against Liverpool 1-1. City missed the opportunity to go 2-1 ahead before half-time as Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty.

It condemned Manchester City to just two wins in their last six Premier League games as they sit 10th in the Premier League table.

They come up against the in-form team in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur having won three league games in a row as well as defeating Manchester United 6-1 away from home.

Coming into the season, not many media outlets and pundits picked Tottenham to make the top four and for good reason. The injury issues of Harry Kane as well as lack of forward depth were valid reasons for Tottenham’s omission from top four predictions.

However, after a scintillating start to the season, Tottenham are being earmarked as potential title challengers and I may have to buy into this prediction.

Before I go all in though, I must mention that they have only faced one ‘Big Six’ team this season in Manchester United with their toughest tests yet to come and the first one comes on Saturday against Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.

Can Pep Get City Geared Up Against Spurs?

The former champions have been less than impressive this season and will be looking to make a statement against a scary Tottenham Hotspur side.

In his pre-match press conference, Guardiola talked about how impressed he was with how well Mourinho has done at Tottenham since his arrival last year.

“He’s done really good, as always in all the clubs [he’s managed],” Guardiola said at Friday’s pre-match news conference.

“The numbers speak for themselves. They dropped points against West Ham and Newcastle in the last minute – imagine the points if they hadn’t.

“They are contenders. The quality they’ve got is always there. They qualified for the Champions League for four or five years and reached the final. They have been a good team since Pochettino took over. It is a fantastic squad.”

“We are getting better,” he said when reflecting on the most recent meeting with Tottenham nine months ago.

“But I don’t want to focus on Tottenham – they are not my concern. We have a lot of games coming up and it is important we look to get everyone back fit.”

Manchester City Betting Prediction: Winning a Bet with a Tie?

Manchester City do have the upper hand in head-to-head meetings with three wins in their last six league games against Tottenham, despite Tottenham winning their last meeting 2-0 back in February.

I think the spoils will be shared between Tottenham and Manchester City in a 2-2 draw with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling both finding themselves on the scoresheet.

Odds on a Tottenham win open at +320. Odds on a Manchester City win open at -133. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +320.

EPL Title Race Betting Predictions for Gameweek Nine

With eight weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds.

Defending Premier League champions Liverpool escaped the Etihad Stadium with a point after a hard-fought draw against Manchester City.

The draw made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League since their historic 7-2 loss to Aston Villa.

It was Liverpool who opened the scoring after they were awarded a penalty with Kyle Walker bringing down Mohamed Salah in the box. The Egyptian converted the penalty in what was his eighth goal of the season, sitting atop the golden boot rankings alongside Heung-Min Son and Dominic Calvert Lewin.

City hit back under 20 minutes later as Gabriel Jesus finished off a great piece of skill to get past Trent Alexander-Arnold and finish past Alisson. The hosts were given a golden chance to go ahead as they were awarded a penalty a few minutes before half-time.

Kevin De Bruyne stepped up and to everyone’s surprise, put the penalty wide and didn’t even test Alisson.

The draw kept Liverpool second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title according to sportsbooks where their odds open at +163.

Arsenal EPL Title Odds for Gameweek Nine

Arsenal were out-fought, out-matched and out-classed by Aston Villa who embarrassed them 3-0 on Arsenal’s turf.

It was a performance reminiscent of the last days of Arsene Wenger’s reign and the entirety of Unai Emery’s stint in charge. It was Arsenal’s fourth loss of the season and second at home.

A Bukayo Saka own goal and an impressive brace from Ollie Watkins was enough to claim the three points for the visitors who sit 6th in the table with a game in hand as their surprisingly impressive start to the season continues.

It’s Arsenal’s third loss in four games with just one goal scored in that span, and none scored from open play.

Arsenal’s lack of creativity is a far cry from the Arsenal that has been around for decades and it’s a problem that Mikel Arteta must fix and fix quickly.

Arsenal possess the seventh-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +6600.

Manchester City EPL Odds: The Favorites… For Now?

Manchester City may find themselves unlucky to leave the Etihad with just a point in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool after Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty.

It was an evenly matched game, but City had the opportunity to go 2-1 ahead in the first half with the penalty that De Bruyne shockingly put wide.

The draw means that City sit 10th in the table with a game in hand and they’ve yet to score consecutive wins in the Premier League this season. City have also scored just one goal in each of their last five games as the loss of Sergio Aguero to injury as hurt their goalscoring ability.

City however remain favorites to win the EPL title for the third week in a row at +150.

After going two games without a win, a 3-1 win against Everton eased the pressure on Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bruno Fernandes scored a brace and Edinson Cavani netted his first goal in Manchester United colors to condemn Everton to their third loss in a row.

Despite the win, Manchester United remain a lowly 14th in the table with a game in hand.

Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +2500, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.

Chelsea followed up their 3-0 rout of Burnley with a 4-1 thrashing of Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had four different scorers in Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten record to six games.

With the introduction of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to Chelsea’s backline, not only have their defensive performances massively improved with three clean sheets in their last five league games as well as Chelsea yet to concede after three games in the Champions League but they’ve also added goals.

Kurt Zouma, Chilwell and Silva have contributed to six goals already this season, the highest in the division among defenders.

Chelsea possess the third-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +800.

Tottenham Hotspur so far look like Liverpool’s closest rivals for the Premier League title as they rose to second in the league after their 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Harry Kane’s late winner was enough for all three points with Tottenham now on a three-match winning streak.

The North London club look to be a real contender for the Premier League crown this season however we will learn just how real their credentials are as they face Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in four of their next five league games in clashes that could define their season.

For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +900, the third highest in the Premier League.