On Saturday afternoon, Manchester City welcome Southampton to the Etihad Stadium for the second time this week – this time in the Premier League, following a 3-1 victory against the Saints in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola told the press: “Everybody is fit. I think the guys who are injured are still injured, the guys who are fit are fit.” The blues will therefore remain without Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sane, Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Angelino will be available, despite going off with an injury during the second half of Tuesday’s game, as Pep described he only had cramp.
Southampton will be without the injured Moussa Djenepo and Cedric Soares as well as Ryan Bertrand who is also suspended.
Head To Head:
City have won all of their last five Premier League meetings with the Saints, with a combined score of 15-3. The sides did meet in the midweek where the Argentinian members of the City squad did the job with a goal from Nicolas Otamendi and a brace from Sergio Aguero.
Saturday’s fixture will be the 92nd game between the sides with City having 35 wins, 25 draws and 31 defeats. Aguero has seven goals in 12 appearances while City haven’t lost at home to a side starting the day in the bottom three since November 2008.
Southampton come into the fixture after suffering the biggest home defeat in top flight history last Friday in a 9-0 loss to Leicester. They sit 18th in the table and winless in their last five, with four defats and a draw. City remain second, six points behind Liverpool with the Blues having won four of their last five and the eagerly anticipated meeting between them and Liverpool only a week away. Saturday’s game will see the leagues highest scorers against the league’s worst defence.
Lee Mason will take charge of City versus Southampton for the second time in his career while Saturday afternoon’s match will be his 19th game involving the Champions. He will be joined by Adrian Holmes and Nicholas Hopton as his assistants and Robert Lewis as his fourth official. Andre Marriner will be the VAR with Scott Ledger his assistant.
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