Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourite to lift the EFL Cup this season, as the tournament moves into the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday night. The Cityzens will travel to the south coast to face off with Southampton in an all-Premier League clash on Wednesday in the final eight.
Southampton are bottom of the Premier League table and headed for relegation. However, the Saints reached the quarterfinals thanks to an EFL Cup win against Cambridge United, a penalty shootout victory over Sheffield Wednesday, and a win versus Lincoln City.
Manchester City played a thriller against Liverpool in the previous round, winning 3-2 at home in a high-intensity match. The Cityzens defeated Chelsea before knocking the cup holders out of the EFL Cup. Manchester City go into the game unbeaten in five straight games.
Southampton are coming off a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round. Could it spur them to a shock win against City?
Sportsbooks have Man City as the favourite to win the fixture at odds of 1/5. Southampton are underdogs at odds of 12/1. Bookmakers have the teams at odds of 11/2 to draw at full-time.
Southampton vs Manchester City Team News
The gulf in quality and class is immense ahead of the Carabao Cup quarterfinals between Southampton and Manchester City. Pep Guardiola will be able to field a strong squad following the team’s 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on Sunday in the FA Cup third round. The Sky Blues have now defeated Chelsea three times in all competitions this season.
Riyad Mahrez scored twice against Chelsea, which could see the Algerian international start the match. Phil Foden will also be in line to start after getting a goal on Sunday. Guardiola is likely to bring Erling Haaland back into the team after resting him on Sunday, with Julian Alvarez starting and scoring from the penalty spot.
Guardiola will also bring Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne back into the starting XI. City will play the Manchester Derby the following Saturday, so Guardiola will want to get his big guns in form and ready for the Red Devils. Defender Ruben Dias is ruled out with a thigh injury and Jack Grealish is a major doubt due to an illness.
Southampton manager Nathan Jones is under intense pressure at St Mary’s. He is 8/1 according to leading bookmakers to be the next Premier League manager sacked. Jones will be without Valentino Livramento, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Juan Larios, and Theo Walcott due to injuries. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is also likely to miss the game due to an ankle injury.
Southampton vs Manchester City H2H
Manchester City welcomed Southampton to the Etihad Stadium in October and proceeded to thrash them 4-0. Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden scored in the first half and Riyad Mahrez and Erling Haaland added goals in the second period.
City are unbeaten in six straight games against Southampton in all competitions. However, the Saints have been a bit of a bogey team for Man City over the last few years. Two of the last four games between these sides ended as draws. Just one of the last seven games between these teams ended as a Southampton victory.
Pep Guardiola has managed 15 times against Southampton in his career. Guardiola posted a record of 11W-3D-1L across those 15 fixtures. Nathan Jones has never coached against Man City or Guardiola. Kevin De Bruyne has scored five career goals against Southampton. Only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals (eight) against Southampton for Man City.
Southampton vs Manchester City Betting Tips
On paper, Manchester City should win against Southampton and put goals into the back of the Saints’ net. City scored four goals in each of their last two games against Southampton in the Premier League. Three of the last five games between these sides saw City score four or more goals.
The teams are 11/10 to score over 3.5 goals on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals. Based on the way City have attacked and Southampton have defended, this game could certainly finish with over 3.5 goals.
Three of City’s last five games in all competitions had over 3.5 goals. Six of Southampton’s 22 games this season in all tournaments ended with more than 3.5 goals.
Haaland picked up a goal against Southampton when these teams met earlier this season. Guardiola rested the Norwegian cyborg on Sunday, as Man City defeated Chelsea 4-0. Haaland will come back into the starting XI and could get onto the scoresheet. Haaland is 1/2 to score anytime and 15/8 to score two or more goals for City against Southampton.
The striker scored against Liverpool in the previous round of the EFL Cup. He has 27 goals in 22 appearances for Man City this season. Haaland scored three goals in his last three league games ahead of the EFL Cup quarterfinals.
Southampton vs Manchester City Prediction
Manchester City should have no issues picking up a win at full-time against Southampton. The Saints have a lot of issues from the playing staff to their manager. The EFL Cup quarterfinals are likely an unwanted distraction, as the team is bottom of the Premier League table.
Jones has not won a game in the league as Southampton's manager. Yet, he has two wins in cup competitions. Jones’ cup-winning form should end on Wednesday night, as an in-form Manchester City run riot on the south coast.
Manchester City are 8/11 to be winning at halftime and full-time, just like they were against Southampton in the league in October. The real problem to figure out is how many goals Man City will win by. The Cityzens are 11/10 to win by three or more goals.
Our betting tips prediction is for Manchester City to win against Southampton and post a win with three or more goals. Their last two head-to-head encounters saw Man City win 4-1 and 4-0. The Cityzens could once again get a win over Southampton by three or more goals.