The Southampton and Manchester City teams will face off in the EFL Cup quarterfinals next Wednesday at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Southampton has been going through a very complicated season due to the difficulties felt in the English Premier League in the fight for maintenance, where it occupies the 20th and last place in the leaderboard with 12 points, three behind West Ham, in the salvation zone. After suffering three consecutive defeats in the championship, the team led by Nathan Jones surprised Crystal Palace by winning 2-1 away in the FA Cup last Saturday, advancing in the competition.
In turn, Manchester City has fallen short of expectations in the Premier League, where it is 2nd with 39 points, four above Newcastle and Manchester United but five behind Arsenal’s leadership in the fight for the title. Guardiola’s team has won five official games in a row and is coming off a 4-0 thrashing at home against Chelsea last Sunday, where they confirmed their FA Cup qualification, after beating the “blues” away from home by 1-0 in the English championship in the middle of last week.
Following a 1-2 victory against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, Southampton will be looking for more of the same after their most recent performance, which has given them a boost.
During the match, Southampton had 45% of the possession and had 6 shots on goal, with 4 of those shots hitting the target. Crystal Palace had 14 shots on goal, but they only managed to score twice.
In five out of the last six matches that Southampton has been a part of, there have been at least three goals scored per game on average. During this era, Southampton’s opponents scored 11 goals, while the Saints themselves only managed 7.
Manchester City LWWDWW
Manchester City comes into this match on the heels of a dominant 4-0 victory against Chelsea in their most recent match, which they used to advance to the next round of the FA Cup.
During the match, Manchester City had control of the ball for 58% of the time and had 9 shots on goal, with 7 of them finding the target. On the other hand, Chelsea had three shots on goal, with just one of them hitting the target.
Manchester City has scored a total of 13 goals for themselves during the course of their past half-dozen matches against each of their rivals. Additionally, Manchester City has scored at least one goal in each and every one of those matches. During the course of those matches, their defenders have been on the receiving end of six goals that have been scored into their own net.
Injured and suspended
Southampton: (Tino Livramento).
Manchester City: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Southampton vs Manchester City Predicted XI
Southampton Predicted XI: Bazunu; Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Salisu; Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Perraud; Edozie, A. Armstrong; Adams.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake; De Bruyne, Phillips, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish
We get the impression that Southampton would be quite upset if they were unable to score against this Manchester City club during this match, but we also believe that scoring just one goal might not be enough.
As a result, we anticipate that both teams will score, resulting in a final score of 1-2 and Manchester City emerging victorious after the match
Spanish football returns to Saudi Arabia, and Real Madrid faces Valencia at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh. Surprisingly, both teams lost 2-1 in the league to Villarreal, but Real Madrid are clearly the underdogs. Despite the injuries, Ancelotti’s squad has more depth, and we believe he can field some second rowers. Real are the reigning champions, and a few years ago they beat Valencia in a similar semi-final. Gattuso’s team doesn’t seem to be in its best year, and putting Real Madrid in difficulty will be very complicated.
At the beginning of the year, Captain Soler left for Paris, and in the league, the team is in a miserable eleventh place with 19 points in 16 games, just 4 above the relegation zone. Valencia have lost the last two games of the championship, and in attack, they rely only on Cavani, who at the moment does not give enormous guarantees.
Real Madrid WLWWWL
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in their most recent La Liga match, Real Madrid will be looking to avoid a similar outcome here.
During that match, Real Madrid had 51% possession of the ball and 12 shots on goal, with only three of those shots finding the target. 17 of Villarreal’s shots were sent toward the goal, but only 5 were successful.
Real Madrid has not been able to stop scoring goals, as evidenced by the fact that they have scored in each of their last six matches (a perfect scoring streak).
They have scored a total of 13 goals over that time span, while allowing a total of 7 goals to be scored against them. However, there is no guarantee that such a trend will be maintained throughout this game.
As a result of Valencia’s defeat in their most recent La Liga match against Cadiz, both the team and their fans who traveled with them will be hoping for a different outcome in this one.
During that game, Valencia had 74% of the possession and 11 shots on goal, with only 2 of them finding the back of the net. Cadiz had a total of six shots on goal, only two of which were on target.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Valencia team has been rewarded for their attempts on goal 8 times over the course of their last 6 matches, which has resulted in an average of 1.33 goals scored per game for the club.
Injured and suspended
Real Madrid: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Valencia: (Nico González).
Real Madrid vs Valencia Predicted XI
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Valverde, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Valencia Predicted XI: Mamardashvili; Correia, Comert, Diakhaby, Gaya; Musah, Guillamon, Almeida; Kluivert, Cavani, Lino.
Considering everything, it’s likely that Real Madrid will have the ball most of the time and get good scoring chances as a result.
On the other hand, Valencia might have a difficult time getting on the scoresheet, but we think they’ll be able to come back and score at some point in this match as well.
As a result, we believe that Real Madrid will emerge victorious with a score somewhere between 3 and 1 after the first ninety minutes.
Betis and Barcelona are scheduled to face each other in the forthcoming match of the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is playing host to the annual iteration of the four-team mini tournament this year. Two of the teams that will be competing in this tournament are Real Madrid and Valencia. Betis have gotten off to an outstanding start in 2023, winning their first two matches away from home in both the league and the cup. In those matches, Betis scored a combined total of six goals. As the champions of the Copa del Rey, Betis automatically earned a spot in this competition. Their most recent victory came against Rayo Vallecano, which pushed them up to fourth place in the table and took them closer to a berth in the UCL. Their most recent victory also brought them within striking distance of a spot in the UCL. The offensive output of the home team has been particularly noteworthy, as they have scored at least one goal in eighteen of their most recent twenty-three matches. This is an impressive attacking performance. Even though they defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou the previous year, they have not had much success against them as of late, as they have lost eight of their last ten matches against them.
On the other side, Barcelona secured a victory that was of the utmost significance by defeating Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. This win allowed Barcelona to take home the trophy. Both teams were shown red cards during the match, which added to the tension and excitement of the competition. Because of the outcome of this match, the team that was playing away from home is now in first place in the La Liga standings, three points ahead of Real Madrid. The visitors are going to shift their emphasis to the Super Cup at this point. Real Madrid eliminated them in the semifinals the year before, but this year they are still entitled to compete because they came in second place in the league. The previous year, Real Madrid had eliminated them. They have allowed four goals in each of their last three games, including three against a team from the third-tiered CF Intercity for the Copa del Rey. Despite the fact that their defense has been impregnable in the league, allowing just six goals in sixteen matches, they have conceded four goals in their last three games. They have an amazing record on the road, having won five matches in a row away from home, which makes them the deserving favorite to win this match. On the other side, they have a poor record at home, having lost three of their last four matches there.
Real Betis WDLDWW
Real Betis will be hoping for a result similar to the 1-2 victory they had against Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga matchup.
Real Betis had 38% possession of the ball during that game and 14 shots on goal, with only three of them finding the target. Rayo Vallecano, on the other hand, had 15 shots on goal, with only three of them actually hitting the target.
Real Betis, coached by Manuel Pellegrini, have scored a combined total of 10 goals as a result of their shots on goal over the course of their most recent six games, which results in an average number of goals scored per game that is equal to 1.67.
The most recent contest that Barcelona competed in was a La Liga match, in which they were victorious over Atlético Madrid by a score of 1-0. They will enter this match riding high on that victory.
During that match, Barcelona held 59% of the possession and had 10 shots on goal, with only 2 of them finding the back of the net. Atlético Madrid, the team that they were playing against, had 20 shots on goal, with 5 of them landing in the net.
Barcelona has scored a combined total of 14 goals during the course of their last half-dozen matches against this opponent. Additionally, Barcelona has scored at least one goal on each of those occasions without fail. During this time period, they have been on the receiving end of seven goals scored against them..
Injured and suspended
Real Betis: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Barcelona: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Real Betis vs Barcelona Predicted XI
Real Betis Predicted XI: Silva; Ruibal, Ruiz, Gonzalez, Miranda; Rodriguez, Carvalho; Henrique, Fekir, Rodri; Iglesias.
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, F. de Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele
We think that Real Betis has the ability to score a goal against this Barcelona club, but we also think that even if they do score a goal, it might not be enough to prevent them from losing the game.
We believe that as a result of this, the game will be a close one, and that Barcelona will emerge victorious with a score of 1-2.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are playing for the first title of the season in what promises to be one of the matches of the season. Xavi Hernández’s team reaches the Super Cup final after winning on penalties over Real Betis. Real Betis competed face-to-face with Barcelona, proposing a very serious match, but the Barça team ended up prevailing after some perfect penalty kicks, where all the players chosen by the Terrassa coach converted their shots. Even after winning, the team does not show the feelings of superiority that it showed at the beginning of the season, showing some shortcomings in its game—flaws that should not appear if Barcelona and Xavi Hernández want to win their first title since they began their relationship.
Los Blancos did not reach this final in their best form either. Ancelotti’s men also got a pass to the grand final after a rocky game against Valencia that also set up a very serious match and managed to take Real Madrid to penalties, where the meringues’ punch was superior. During the game, the madridistas’ game faded, and they began to have serious doubts about Carlo Ancelotti’s ability to lead this project next season. If Real Madrid were to win, they would tie Barcelona for the most Spanish Super Cup titles with thirteen.
Real Madrid LWWWLD
Following their 1-1 tie in the Supercopa against Valencia, Real Madrid will now compete in this match.
Real Madrid had 58% of the possession in the game and 16 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding the target. On the opposite end of the field, Valencia had 12 shots on goal, but only three of them were on target. The game proceeded to penalties, where Real Madrid emerged victorious with a 4-3 score.
Real Madrid have not had any difficulties in terms of scoring, as shown by the fact that they have scored at least one goal in each of their past six matches.
During that span of time, they have scored 9 goals while also allowing 7 to be scored against them.
The most recent encounter that Barcelona played in was a Supercopa match against Real Betis, which ended in a tie score of 2-2.
During the game, Barcelona had a possession percentage of 61% and had 12 shots on goal, with 6 of them finding the target. Real Betis, on the other hand, had 15 shots on goal, with 7 of them landing in the net. The final score was 4-2 in favor of Barcelona after penalties were taken.
The Spanish club Barcelona has scored a total of 12 goals in their last six matches. Additionally, Barcelona has scored in every single one of those instances. During that time frame, they have allowed their opponents to score 7 goals against them.
Injured and suspended
Real Madrid: (Aurélien Tchouameni, David Alaba).
Barcelona: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona Predicted XI
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Milita, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Valverde, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.
Barcelona Predicted XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; F de Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Fati.
We have the impression that both Barcelona and Real Madrid will score, since there is not much separating these two clubs at this point.
Let’s see how this turns out, although it seems like a tie is the most probable scenario at this point. As a result, we anticipate a highly competitive match that will end in a 1-1 tie.