Etihad Stadium — Manchester
Premier league match : Manchester City vs Southampton Preview,Live stream,Prediction,Lineups
Referee: H. Webb
And Sunday’s second match of the first round of the English Premier league offers us two teams which have different expectations for the new season, which actually is not too surprising if we know that the current champion is Manchester City, while Southampton’s team performed last year in the lower league.
This is exactly why these two teams last met,even five years ago, in the FA Cup, when Man City at its stadium celebrated with 3:1.Playing at their Etihad Stadium last season Man City dropped only two points,and its on run of 27 games which they have won or 29 in which they are undefeated which is really an impressive fact.
This year their competition for the title will be even harder,as Man Utd and Chelsea strengthened their teams,so for sure it will be another exciting season of the Premier league.
However, coach Mancini last year had a lot of problems with indiscipline in the team, so before the start of the new season he will have to resolve this, just like all the louder displeasures of some players especially in attack where is a really great competition for the first team.
However, Mancini stated that he still has a great confidence in all his players, and will not allow anyone to leave because they are only now starting to reap the benefits of their hard work.
So during the summer, from Etihad only midfielders Hargreaves and Pizarro have left, while a few players left on the loan, which is also expected by the end of the transitional period for the strikers Adebayor and Santa Cruz.
So far they brought only one player, and this is young Everton´s midfielder Jack Rodwell, but this does not mean there will not be another ones, because it is indeed hard to believe that Mancini will miss the opportunity to take this euphoria with wealthy Arab owners.
Otherwise, the “citizens” before seven days had already won one trophy (Full match video), the English Super Cup final against Chelsea with 3-2, so we expect that on the pitch this Sunday Mancini send the same 11 players, especially because Balotelli, Richards and Barry are still injured.
Man City probable lineup 4-2-3-1 : Hart;Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy ;Yaya Toure, De Jong,
Silva, Tevez, Nasri ; Aguero
Southampton, the last year has represented perhaps the biggest surprise in the Championship, because in just two seasons, the found a way from the third division to the Premier League, and finishing at the end on an excellent second place .
Certainly, for most of it the great Scottish coach Adkins is responsible, who introduced a new attacking game,and the result of it was they finished the season as the team who have scored the most goals.Of course their great strikers Lambert and Sharp are also a reason for it and certainly they will try to continue with the form from the last season.
They also had the third best defense in the league, so Southampton certainly is hoping to keep that trend to in the Premier League as well, where they will probably choose something closed a variant, especially on tour, and in front of their fans they will continue to play offensively.
They brought three high-quality players for their competition in Premier league,and surely the biggest star of them is a 21-year old striker Rodriguez, who came from Burnley, and with the main objective to rejuvenate the attacking part of the team , while on the other side from Glasgow Rangers came midfielder Steven Davis , whos experience certainly will be of a great importance to the team in the Premier league.
For the end we can add that a former member of the Crystal Palace, Clyne, has join the club,while midfielder Ramirez from Bologna is coming soon.
Southampton probable lineup 4-4-2 : K Davis;Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox;Guly, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana;
Prediction : In this encounter is really all clear, given that meets the current champion and rookie in the league, so it’s actually a real question, with how much goal difference will Man City beat guests from Southampton.Man City to win H -1,5.
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