Manchester City will look to win their fourth consecutive match of the season when they take on Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in the English Premier League. Southampton has drawn their previous three games and travels to a very attacking City side.
How has City attacked this season without a proper number nine? What have been Southampton’s strengths and weaknesses this season? Let’s take a look at stats to understand the teams better.
Manchester City come into this match after winning their last four matches in all competitions and their last game was a 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens are joint top scorer this season with 11 goals. The xG rate is more than 10 and only behind Liverpool. The team averages 18.09 shots per game and out of these more than six shots have been on target in every game.
City players have managed to take positions in the opposition box and average almost 40 touches in the opposition box. Guardiola players have attempted a lot of crosses this season and lead the chart. The crosses attempted have been a mixture of high and low crosses. The Citizens have attempted more than 2,000 passes and averages more than 500 passes this season.
The only department in which City has struggled is in winning the defensive duels. They have contested the least number of defensive duels, and they have just won more duels than Manchester United.
Jack Grealish has been the main player for City on the left and has taken most touches in the opposition box. Ferran Torres has been the top scorer with two goals. Riyad Mahrez has just made three appearances this season and two from the bench. But the Algerian has the highest expected threat when compared to other players in the league.
Southampton played a goalless draw against West Ham last weekend and are coming into this match after three consecutive draws. The team focuses on attacking from the middle and have an xG of 4.09 from centre. Overall the xG is more than 6 and they have the sixth-best xG rate in the whole league.
The match tempo is very low for Southampton. The Saints are ranked lower than most of the other teams. Saints have played quite decently when we look at the other stats like passing into the final third and opposition box, etc., but they are ranked low when we look at the progressive passes attempted by them.
James Ward-Prowse has been their main man in the recent seasons. They rely heavily on his corners and free-kicks. Saints players are yet to show their top form in front of goal this season. Goalkeeper McCarthy has made 10 saves and kept a clean sheet.
Manchester City will go into this match as the clear favorites. They carry the confidence and will look to win their fifth consecutive match.