Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Manchester City kicked off the new season in style, but the Citizens do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment. Pep Guardiola’s men are on a four-game winless run in all competitions and they were hammered by Barcelona (0-4) in Wednesday’s football match. Man City missed two penalties in a 1-1 draw with Everton, but they dominated the game and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Southampton. Kun Aguero came as a substitute in the 4-0 loss to Barcelona, but the Argentine attacker is widely expected to lead the line for the Citizens against Claude Puel’s team. The Saints recorded a routine 3-1 win over Burnley at the weekend, but beating Manchester City at Etihad Stadium is easier said than done. In previous five meetings between the two teams in Manchester Pep Guardiola’s troops emerged triumphant and we predict that the hosts will return to winning ways on Matchday 9.
Highlighted Player (David Silva):
David Silva is a product of Valencia’s youth system. Born on 8 January, 1986, the highly rated footballer made his debut in the 2004/2005 campaign and went on to score a total of 21 goals for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. In 2010, the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Premier League side Manchester City and he has already won two domestic championships with the free-spending club. In the 2015/2016 season David Silva and Co. faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semis, but the Spanish giants proved to be a big catch for the Citizens in the two-legged tie. Silva plays as an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as winger or a second striker as well. He is well known for his possession-retaining qualities and, as a result, he got the nicknames “Merlin” and “El Mago”. David Silva won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Spain, while winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with La Roja as well.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.