It could be a baptism of fire as Man City go into the game as 1/4 odds on favourites with Bet365, who offer free bets & report that all the money has been for Carlos Tevez in the goalscoring market, the Argentine still able at 7/2 to find the net first.
Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League title against newly promoted Southampton this weekend and there should be quite the atmosphere at Eastlands on Sunday afternoon.
Not only is it the first Super Sunday fixture of the season, but Manchester City take to the field as the reigning Champions of England, something they will be desperate to maintain this season.
They may not have had as many big name signings to check out on the opening day as they are used to, but what they do have is an incredibly strong squad, united and motivated to be the team to beat once again.
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There should be no slow start and with no time needed for the new team-mates to gel, they will want to hit the ground running. Jack Rodwell has arrived from Everton, but he is used to the Premier League and is unlikely to start on Sunday.
The sight of Carlos Tevez up front is an encouraging one for City too. At one point it seemed certain that his career in England was over, but now he is committed and ready for his most successful season yet.
The Citezen’s home form was flawless last season of course and more of the same is expected. To describe this as a home banker seems like a fair assumption.
Southampton will have something to say about that though. Even if they can’t get a positive result, that’s not the end of the world. They can’t control the fact that City’s attacking force will be in full flow.
They do have control over their own performance though and it will be interesting to see how they approach this one. Do they sit back or do they push forward straight away and try to make a game of it?
It may not compare with their opponents, but Southampton will feel that Ricky Lambert, Billy Sharp and Jay Rodriguez can cause problems this season, starting on Sunday afternoon.
Their form in pre-season has been mixed, but this is the moment they have been waiting for. After back to back promotions, they are taking on the reigning Premier League Champions in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
This should be a cracking contest and it gets underway at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.