The EPL continues with 5 matches going down today as Everton welcome Aston Villa, Brentford host Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United play away to Leeds United, West Ham United pay Manchester United an away visit, and Southampton welcome Manchester City.
However, our main focus will be the game at St Mary’s Stadium where Ralph Hasenhuetti’s men will take on Pep Guardiola’s men.
Most of us will want to see if the Saints can put an end to the Citizens’ 12 EPL matches winning streak considering how well they held their ground when both sides met at the Etihad some months ago.
Without taking any more of our time, let us proceed to the match analysis. shall we?
Last 5 EPL Matches: Ralph Hasenhuetti.s men have faired pretty well in their last 5 matches having won 2, drawn 2, and lost 1 in the process.
These games include huge victories over West Ham United and Brentford, well-earned draws against Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, and a dismal loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last outing.
If we are to consider this stat, we would most likely give them a chance against City, won.t we?
Matches Against The Big 4: Although the Saints were able to hold their own against the Citizens, they were easily dispatched by the remaining 3 losing 3:1 to Chelsea, 4:0 to Liverpool, and 3: 0 to Arsenal.
Not a good statistic for them you might want to say.
Head To Head Against Manchester City In The Last 5 EPL Meetings Between Both Sides: It is no gainsaying that Ralph Hasenhuetti’s men have been the weaker team when considering this stat even though they have been able to avoid defeats on 2 occasions.
An aggregate scoreline of 16:7 and 3 wins in these 5 games shows how domineering Pep Guardiola’s men have been in these encounters.
The only consolation for the home team is the fact that they have only lost once in the last 3 games between both sides, winning 1 with the last ending in a goalless stalemate.
You can bet they will want to take their chances once again, can’t you?
Let’s now consider stats involving the visit, shall we?
Head To Head Against Southampton In The Last 5 EPL Meetings Between Both Sides: This point has been well dissected in the 3rd point given for Southampton, however, I think it is only fair we ascribe it to City as well, don’t you?
Addiction To Sitting At The Top Of The Table: I know you all are like “what kind of stat is this in favor of City”. Well, I would do the same if I were in your shoes as well.
Okay, let’s break this down. Tell me one team you will never want to see at the top of the EPL table due to their ruggedness in not wanting to let go of that seat once they get hold of it?
I can bet that 80% of our answers were “Manchester City”, and one common reason we have is that “Pep Guardiola’s men, right from his days at Barcelona, barely give up 1st position when they get hold of it.
Please, drop your answer with explanation in the comment section below if you feel otherwise. This will help us see things from your perspective as well
Winning Streak: Another fact we all dread Pep Guardiola’s City for is their willpower to always go on winning once they get into the zone.
You really do not want to see your team go up against them when they are in this blistering form, do you? I bet Ralph Hasenhuetti will also be giving a “Yes” as an answer if he was reading this.
Mind you, let’s be reminded they already have a record of 15 straight EPL wins, do not be surprised if Pep Guardiola has his eyes on chattering that record and setting a new one.
If he achieves the above, we can most likely come to a conclusion that they will be crowned EPL Champions at the end of the season, if not before.
It Is only safe to place your bet on Manchester City extending their winning streak to 13 games considering the stats before us, however. home-advantage amongst many other factors we might not know of could see Southampton put an end to it.
Do not forget we also have some cruncher games before this game: Everton vs Aston Villa and Manchester United vs West Ham United. I bet you do not want to be told how the game went.
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