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Saturday, 09 February 2013

Southampton v Man City: Can the Saints march to victory over the champions?


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The champions had to come from behind at the Etihad to beat the Saints on the opening day of the season but did you know that Southampton come out on top against Man City in head-to-heads?

The Saints have marched off with 25 league wins compared to City's 23, but you'd expect Mancini's men to inch closer to parity this afternoon when they clash at St Mary's.

Manchester City start the weekend nine points behind their deadly rivals United but they can put the pressure on Fergie's men with victory in today's late kick-off.

Southampton's only league defeat since Christmas came away at Old Trafford in a game where Sir Alex was crowing about the Saints' performance. Pochettino has taken over from Nigel Adkins and recorded two draws against Everton and Wigan. It may not have set the world on fire but those two points could be crucial come the end of the season.

Back-to-back draws for City though have seen them lose ground in the title race. The crown is gradually slipping through their fingers as no-one can see United falling apart like they did last season, but you just never know and City must not gave up the chase.

The visitors will be buoyed by the return of the Toure brothers and captain Vincent Kompany may also make a return. City start the game as favourites but you never can tell what is going to happen on the south coast.

Southampton v Man City; Kick Off 5.30pm February 9 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

3

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

1

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

4

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

3

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

3

Man United

Peter Johnstone

1

V

4

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

3

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

TBA    

V

TBA

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

2

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

3

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

0

V

3

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

3

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

3

Writer

Chris Pettitt

0

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

2

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

3

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

4

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

TBA

V

TBA

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

2

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

3

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

2

Panel Verdict

Away win.

Home: 1; Draw: 3; Away: 27. TBA 3.

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