If Manchester City defeats Southampton on Saturday, they will go atop the Premier League standings.
But with Arsenal playing against Liverpool on Sunday, City might only hold the top spot for a day. After beating Manchester United 6-3 on derby day and defeating FC Copenhagen 5-0 in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s team will be hoping to maintain its recent hot streak. When City hosts Southampton on Saturday, it will be their third straight home game in all competitions.
Last season, Saints and City were able to draw both games, but the most recent matchup saw Guardiola’s team win 4-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium in the FA Cup. With Kyle Walker out this weekend following surgery, City will be without a vital member of their lineup.
Kalvin Phillips and John Stones are also out. After sitting out the Manchester derby, Rodri rejoined the city team, and the Spaniard should start against the Saints.
Could City defeat Southampton and keep their perfect record in the Premier League? To find out, we mimicked the game.
Using FIFA 23, we updated the lineups with the most recent suspensions and injuries to finish this simulation.
Adam Armstrong was able to slip in behind the city back line and give Southampton their first significant opportunity of the game, but he was only able to hit the post. Soon after, City’s regular operations began, and Phil Foden scored the team’s first goal under Guardiola.
The Portugal international was able to receive the ball in space because Bernardo Silva slipped into the box from midfield undetected. When the fall came to his feet, Bernardo quickly flicked the ball into Foden’s path, and the forward was able to smash his shot past the goalkeeper from close range.
Soon after Foden’s goal, Erling Haaland twice hit the woodwork in as many minutes while once again appearing dangerous.
When Jack Grealish cut in from the left and found Haaland in the box, many Southampton players immediately around the striker. As a result, Foden was left in an area of wide space. Haaland was able to locate the forward, who swept his shot into the goal.
Southampton had a chance to grab the lead after two minutes but was unable to add to their chances as City dominated the first half. Haaland then scored his required goal right before halftime to make it 3-0 after 45 minutes.
Haaland, a Norwegian striker, was targeted by Kevin De Bruyne’s corner at the near post, and he leaped higher than everyone else to direct his shot into the top corner of the goal. City triumphed 3-0 by controlling possession in the second half but Guardiola’s team scarcely attacked the goal.
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