Betting Preview: Man City vs Southampton - Goal hungry City to continue scoring run

After bagging 17 goals in four games, Manchester City will be looking to inflict more hurt when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola's men have won three of their last four games by a margin of three plus goals. Considering the level of brutality on display, no wonder fans aren't turning out to see these bloodbaths.

However, Southampton are on a four-match unbeaten run and have proved to be a difficult side to break down. Question is, are they good enough to stand up against the ruthless Cityzens?

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, September 18, 3PM BST

Where: Etihad Stadium

How to watch: Not televised in the UK

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Best bets

Manchester City -1 Handicap at 4/9

First goal between 11 and 20 minutes at 16/5

Man City to keep a clean sheet - No at 21/20

Gabriel Jesus to get an assist at 23/10

Man City began the season with successive defeats against Leicester City - in the Community Shield - and Tottenham. Since then, Guardiola's men have run riot.

Their failure to sign a striker during the summer transfer window left many wondering whether a lack of goals could hamper their title chances.

It's fair to say that the last four games have certainly quashed any concerns about City's goal getting abilities.

Manchester City goal celebration

Their opponents this weekend are Southampton - a side that has got off to a mixed start this season.

A 3-1 defeat to Everton on the opening weekend was followed up with an encouraging 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Since then, two more league draws followed while in-between, Saints also managed an 8-0 win in the EFL Cup against Newport.

Even though Ralph Hasenhuttl's men haven't lost in over a month, the odds are firmly stacked against them at the Etihad.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl applauds the fans after the final whistle during the Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium

If you include last season's games, Southampton haven't won an away Premier League game in seven attempts.

With that in mind, our first betting tip is to back the hosts in the handicap market.

Last three meetings

Man City 5-2 Southampton (Premier League - March 10, 2021)

On their last visit to the Etihad, Southampton suffered the wrath of City as Guardiola's men ran in five goals.

Kevin De BruyneRiyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan were on the scoresheet as the hosts powered to victory.

James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams got the two efforts for Hasenhuttl's side.

Southampton 0-1 Man City (Premier League - December 19, 2020)

On their last meeting in St. Mary's, Manchester City faced a much tougher task.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game as the visitors returned up north with all three points.

Southampton 1-0 Man City (Premier League - July 5, 2020)

Southampton's last win over City came towards the end of the 2019/20 season.

Adams opened the scoring in the 16th minute as the hosts held out for a memorable win.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Man City wins: 9

Draws: 0

Southampton wins: 1

Man City goals: 26

Southampton goals: 8

Back an early goal

Considering the last 10 head-to-heads have produced a total of 34 goals, we're certainly expecting more of the same this weekend.

But instead of backing a specific goal bet, this game provides us with an opportunity to try our luck in a different market.

Manchester City, Norwich, Premier League, Etihad Stadium

All five previous encounters have seen the opening goal scored between the 11th and 20th minute. The current odds on that happening again are 16/5.

Southampton can threaten

While Saints aren't exactly favoured to win this weekend, many are hoping they can at least put up a good fight.

Hasenhuttl's side have managed to score at least once in five of their last seven encounters with Man City.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse (left) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St. James' Park

The current odds on Southampton denying the hosts a clean sheet are 21/20. That's not a bad offer considering Saints have failed to score in just one of their five competitive games this season.

Goalscorer bets

Manchester City's six goals against RB Leipzig last Wednesday were all scored by different players. This, in-turn, makes it harder to back a single goalscorer in the betting.

Some would argue that Gabriel Jesus would be a good choice considering he's scored two goals in three games.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring

However, when it comes to the Brazilian, we prefer to back him in the assists market. Jesus has created more goals than he's scored this season and he's well priced to get another assist against Saints.

With regards to goals though, our pick is Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese international has scored two goals in three games for club and country. What's more, he offers good value at 21/10.

READ MORE: Which current players have 100 Premier League goals and how does Mohamed Salah compare?

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