City face Southampton again on Saturday, but this time, they are looking for three Premier League points having dispatched the Saints 3-1 earlier in the week. City have only lost twice at home in the Premier League in two season, and they will be looking to continue their good home record against the Saints on Saturday.
But what do the stats say about this fixture? Are Southampton the bleus bogey side or is this a fixture City and their fans relish?
Blues Just Keep Winning…Almost
City do enjoy this fixture. From the last ten games played in Manchester, City have won nine and drawn once – 1-1 in October 2016. Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Southampton was City’s third straight win over the Saints and followed on from a 6-1 win last season and 2-1 the season before.
The last time the blues lost this fixture was 15 years ago, when Southampton won 3-1 at the then named City of Manchester Stadium.
Saints Likely To Score
It is highly likely that Southampton will score on Saturday. The blues have kept just nine clean sheets from the 46 league and cup matches played, and just two clean sheets in the Premier League era. The last time City prevented Southampton from scoring was May 2015 when City won 2-0. The previous time before that was September 1999 when the two teams drew 0-0 in the League Cup.
However, Saints record is even worse, with the visitors recording just six clean sheets in total. The last time they stopped City from scoring was May 2003, when Iain Dowie scored the last ever goal at Maine Road as City said farewell to their famous old stadium.
Record Win – Twice
City’s biggest win over Southampton is 6-1, which they have achieved on two occasions. Last season, City thumped the hapless Saints, but the first time it happened was way back in April 1928, when City hit Saints for six.
Southampton gained a measure of revenge for that hammering in January 1960, when the visitors beat the blues 5-1 in the FA Cup.
Blues On Top Against Saints
From the 46 games played, City have won 21, lost 11 and drawn 14. The blue are currently on a three match winning streak, but their previous best was a six match winning run between January 2005 and November 2015.
The longest unbeaten run extends over 11 matches between 1964 and October 1973, when City won five and drew six.
The longest winless run for City is four matches and this has been achieved by the Saints on three occasions, the most recent being between September 1999 and April 2004, when Saints won three and drew one.
Ten Up For November Matches
Saturday’s match will the 11th time City have played Southampton in the 11th month. From the previous ten, City have won six and Saints just once. Despite the number of times these two have played this fixture in November, they have never met on the 2nd of the month until now. In fact, every time these two have met in November, it has always been on a different date.
Who will victor on Saturday? Will City keep pace with Liverpool or will Saints exorcise the ghost of Friday past?