Manchester City will look for their second away win in four days in Premier League action when they take on Southampton on Saturday.
For their part, Southampton will be hoping to avoid their second home EPL loss in four days. On Wednesday, Aston Villa waltzed into St. Mary's Stadium and pulled out a 3-2 victory.
The Citizens last win pulled them up to 28 points, but they are still six points behind front-running Arsenal and two points behind Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Southampton remains stuck on 22 points and are sitting in eighth place in the table. After a surprisingly strong start, Southampton has now lost three straight matches and is in serious jeopardy of falling to the bottom half of the table.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. ET/3 p.m. GMT
Where: The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds (according to Bovada)
Manchester City -150
Top Storyline: Can Southampton get their defensive form back?
Only Arsenal have allowed fewer than the 13 goals Southampton have surrendered in Premier League play this season. Eight of those goals have been scored against them in the last three games. So, it should come as no surprise that all three of those matches were losses.
Of course, the first two in that string were against Arsenal and Chelsea—two of the league's more potent teams. Aston Villa is not on the same level. They are in the middle of the pack with 16 goals scored.
The Villa loss was troubling. Southampton dominated the majority of the action, but allowed Villa to score on three of the six shots they fired. The big problem was the inability to stop the long ball.
Of course, there is a good chance their new defensive struggles will continue in this game. The Citizens can make any defense struggle and will enter this match with a league-leading 40 goals.
Prediction: Southampton 0-2 Manchester City
The Citizens have been better at home all year. They've played a few clunkers away from Etihad Stadium. That includes their second-to-last away EPL match where they fell 1-0 to Sunderland. They looked strong, however, while beating West Brom 3-2 on the road earlier this week.
I expect the Citizens to build upon that momentum with another solid win against the slumping defense of Southampton.