The importance of continuity in football is a hot topic at the moment. We often hear about the importance of keeping things consistent at a club but Arsenal’s current troubles having stuck with the same manager for 20 years and the continued success of Chelsea who have taken a very different approach makes some people believe that change is vital in the sport.
Southampton know better than most how to keep moving forwards despite constant change. Since returning to the Premier League in 2012, the Saints have dealt with other club poaching their best players and managers and yet they remain a top half club.
Claude Puel is the latest man tasked with taking the club forward and he’s had a solid first year in charge. Solid is probably also a fair description of Pep Guardiola’s first year in football but he’ll be hoping for another step towards Champions League qualification when Man City travel to St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
Betting Tips for Southampton v Man City
- Match result draw – 3/1 with BetVictor – Bet £10, Get £40
- 2-2 correct score – 14/1 with Bet365 – £200 New Customer Bonus
While Southampton fans hoped for a steady improvement under Puel, Man City fans had much loftier ambitions when Guardiola’s appointment was announced. The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager has found the challenge at City tougher than many expected but he’ll be a better manager having gone through this first season.
At times, it’s clear that Guardiola has had a significant impact on his squad as they are capable of some absolutely wonderful football. However, defensive concerns and a lack of consistency have hurt them and ahead of Saturday’s match, City are 14 points off league leaders Chelsea.
Southampton have had their own troubles this season but they’ve made steps forward under Puel and are now a very difficult side to beat. Saints don’t fear any opposition and they’ll put their best foot forward against City. The home side are more than capable of avoiding defeat which makes BetVictor’s odds of 3/1 on the draw look like very good value.
If Southampton are to secure a point, chances are they’ll have to score more than once. Man City have some truly frightening players going forwards and they will have their fair share of chances. Southampton are also a very good side going forwards and with the pressure slightly off the shoulders of both sides we could be treated to a classic. So, take a chance on the 2-2 correct score at 14/1 with Bet365.
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Given the number of important players who leave the club every year, it is vital that Southampton have a top class recruitment strategy. Indeed, it’s an area of their operation that the club have invested heavily in and they’ve had their fair share of successes in the transfer market.
It’s fair to say that Nathan Redmond is one of those successes having made his England debut since impressive for the Saints. On Saturday, Redmond can add to his tally of six league goals at 16/5 with Coral.