Southampton vs Manchester City Prediction, 12/19/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Southampton vs Manchester City
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England
Odds/Point Spread: Southampton (+525) Manchester City (-222)
James Ward-Prowse and Southampton (7-3-3, 3rd in the EPL) play Manchester City (5-5-2, 9th in the EPL) at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start are Alex McCarthy for Southampton and Ederson for Manchester City. Man City are at at -222 while the Saints are at +525. The O/U has been set at 3.5.
Southampton stepped onto the pitch against Arsenal in their last match and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. Southampton attempted 13 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 10 of those dribbles for a rate of 76.9%. In sharing the ball, they had a 84.2% passes received percentage by connecting on 554 out of their 658 passing attempts last contest. In relation to shooting accuracy, Southampton finished at a 23.1% clip by putting 3 shots on target of 13 shots. Southampton sports an average of 1.92 goals per 90 minutes (25 total goals) and have earned 17 assists in all competitions for the season.
James Ward-Prowse is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Southampton. Ward-Prowse has started 164 contests so far in his career and he scores 0.15 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder hailing from England has racked up 26 goals in 15,265 mins. He has totaled 25 assists while accumulating 30 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Someone else who should impact this match is Che Adams, the forward who is from England. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 17 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 53 total goals. Adams has been on the field for 13,241 minutes in 146 starting assignments and has been given 16 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.36 G/90 for his career.
The man protecting the net for Southampton is Alex McCarthy. McCarthy (80-66-85 record in his career) has tallied 56 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 24.3% clean sheet rate. The keeper born in England has had 1,090 shots tried at him in 230 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.40 (323 total goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .709. McCarthy has played for a total of 20,720 minutes and has earned 776 stops during his career.
For their last outing, Manchester City went home with a draw by a final score of 1-1 against West Brom. Manchester City earned a 53.3% successful dribble percentage by converting 8 of the 15 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by completing 701 of the 787 attempted passes for a rate of 89.1%. Manchester City converted 7 shots attempted out of their 26 shots attempted giving them a 26.9% clip in their last match. With a total of 18 goals and 14 assists in all their matches, Manchester City averages 1.50 goals and 1.17 assists per 90 min.
Raheem Sterling should provide solid play for Manchester City. He is currently averaging 0.39 goals per 90 minutes and has started 229 games thus far in his career. The forward who is from England has played 20,387 minutes while scoring 89 goals. He has accumulated 30 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 47 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Kevin De Bruyne, the midfielder representing Belgium. He has collected 76 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 131 times. Bruyne has been given a total of 32 yellow card warnings in 26,582 minutes (305 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.26.
Ederson will be residing in front of the net for Manchester City. So far in his career, Ederson has conceded 153 goals and has accounted for 370 stops in 194 starting assignments. He has given up 0.79 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 129-34-31. He sports a save percentage of .725 and his shutout rate is currently at 43.8%. Ederson has accumulated 85 clean sheets and has defended 513 shots against him in 17,342 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Manchester City (-222)
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