Prediction on game
On 11 January, St Mary's Stadium will host the 1/4 final match of the EFL Cup, in which Southampton will compete with Manchester City. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team is still falling apart. It goes without saying that the dismissal of Ralph Hasenhüttl, taking into account all his merits, was justified: after having a new owner, “the Saints” were expected to fight for European cups, but they initially looked bad this season. Still, even with Nathan Jones, who has replaced the Austrian specialist, it is hard to add in the game. In the winter, after a long pause, during which it would be worthwhile to work on the improvements, “Soton”, having a cosy calendar, did not take a single point, losing not only to Brighton and Fulham, but even to Nottingham Forest in its own arena! There had been the only win in the EFL Cup before, but in that case the opponent was too modest Lincoln City. However, Crystal Palace was also defeated on Saturday, the team got a 2-1 victory in the home match. And it also happened in the tournament for the cup!
The club is likely to save the season by means of the Champions League. It goes without saying that winning it has been an obsession for a long period of time. And Guardiola can reasonably expect that Haaland, taking into account his performance, will become a decisive factor in the fight for that trophy. On the other hand, misfires in the Premier League are very frequent – that is more than important in the run with such a stubborn competitor as current Arsenal. The team managed to lose points in the match with Everton in January. A kind of rehabilitation happened in the struggle against more status Chelsea: first there was a defeat in the Premier League by means of an effective substitution – the only goal was scored by Mahrez, and then “the Aristocrats” lost in the FA Cup with a devastating 4-0 score. By the way, the grandee is quite successful in the EFL Cup: it overcame the higher mentioned “Blues” and Liverpool.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
“The Saints” managed to get 2 draws in the matches against City in the previous season of the Premier League. At the same time, they were defeated in the cup, and in October the game ended with a 4-0 score in favour of “the Citizens”.
Bookmakers believe that in this battle the hosts, who have already gone so far, have no chance to continue this way. Let’s agree and bet on the victory of Pep Guardiola’s stars with “a -1.5 goal handicap” (odd: 1.69).
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