Southampton v Manchester City FA Cup Betting Preview 20/03/2022
Southampton take on Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, so it’s time for our free Southampton v Manchester City FA Cup Betting Preview 20/03/2022. This fixture is one of the all-Premier League ties, and the sides have faced each other twice already this season. Those previous results show that Southampton will be no pushovers in this clash. City also come into the contest in far from perfect form, so could the Saints sense an opportunity to reach the semis? This fixture kicks off at 3 p.m on Sunday, and it will be shown live on BBC One.
Southampton has struggled in the Premier League recently after a run of three straight losses. The runs started with a 4-0 humbling at Aston Villa. Then, back-to-back 2-1 home losses against Newcastle and Watford at St Mary’s followed. However, City has not been in sensational form either recently. The Citizens played out two 0-0 draws against Sporting CP and Crystal Palace in their last two. Although, City did win their previous three before the ties.
Looking at the team news for Southampton, Nathan Tella, Armando Broja and Valentino Livramento will face late fitness tests to make the squad. The game comes too soon for Alex McCarthy and Lyanco, who are side-lined with thigh injuries. In City’s ranks, Cole Palmer is fit again and might return to the squad. Ruben Dias remains out with a thigh injury.
In the matchwinner market, there is plenty of decent value for the Southampton vs Man City FA Cup tie. After their recent dip in form, a Saints win in 90-minutes is unlikely, and the odds reflect this, with SBK providing 19/2 for a home win. After two 2-1 defeats in their last two at home, Southampton could be up against it this weekend. However, there is good value in backing a draw. These sides have drawn their last two meetings, with a 1-1 tie at St Mary’s back in January. As City have also drawn their last two, Mansion Bet’s offer of 19/4 could provide a good return. Despite their recent slip-up, it’s hard to look past a City win on Sunday. Guardiola’s side has won eight of their last ten on the road, and Unibet’s 7/20 odds are our pick for the match-winner market.
There are a couple of interesting picks in the under/over total goals markets for Southampton vs Man City. The two sides are in contrasting form when it comes to scoring and conceding goals. Southampton has seen over 2.5 in their last four. In contrast, City has seen under 2.5 goals in four of their last five in all competitions and kept five consecutive clean sheets on the road. However, as four of the last five meetings have seen two or fewer goals scored, then our selection is under 2.5 total goals. There is also better value in this market, with Paddy Power offering 7/5 odds.
As City have failed to score in their last two and with no Southampton player taking the mantle as a lead goalscorer, picking an anytime scorer could be tough in this fixture. Saints’ top scorer Che Adams is the best pick for the home side. The Scottish forward has netted ten goals for club and country since October, and Sporting Index are offering 23/5 odds for another Adams goal this weekend. But, our goalscorer pick for this fixture is City’s Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian playmaker has hit top form, netting twice in the 4-1 Manchester derby win over Man United two weeks ago. Also, De Bruyne looked the most likely to break the deadlock in the 0-0 draw at Palace on Monday. As a result, we’re choosing Betfair’s 2/1 odds for a De Bruyne anytime goal this week.
Southampton certainly has the quality to spring a surprise, and they could see this quarter-final clash against City to salvage something from their season. City has dropped points recently, but Guardiola’s side rarely fails to win three in a row. This FA Cup clash on the South Coast is set to be a cracker, and we hope you have found our free Southampton v Manchester City FA Cup Betting Preview 20/03/2022 useful. Please do remember though that we can’t ever guarantee our betting tips as winning bets but what we do, is try and hunt out bets that we like the look of that have a good chance of winning but also offer genuine betting value, and hopefully lead to long term betting profits. We also search through all the online bookmakers to find you the best possible betting odds at the time of writing, so you can squeeze the best possible betting returns from the bookies.
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