Saints vs Man City
CLYNE, FONTE, ALDERWEIRELD, BERTRAND,
TADIC, CORK, MANE,
FERNANDINHO ,TOURE, NAVAS,
CLICHY, DEMICHELIS, KOMPANY, ZABALETA,
Southampton are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, but their run of five straight wins came to an end last Monday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. Despite this small set-back, the Saints remain in second place, points adrift, and two points better off than third-place Manchester City.
City should arrive in a good mood after a hugely impressive 3-2 midweek win over Germany’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They owed their win, which keeps alive their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages, to a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero, including an early penalty and two goals in the final six minutes.
The striker has now scored 17 of City’s 39 goals in all competitions this season, including six in his last five games. And when these teams met in this fixture last season, Aguero gave the visitors an early lead before Saints
levelled. And in the return, at the Etihad, City won 4-1. City, though, have failed to win in their last three league trips to Southampton.
Saints can move five points clear of City if they win, and they should be confident having won five and drawn one of their previous six home games in the Barclays Premier League. Southampton can also boast the most home goals, 17, and fewest conceded, just one.