Southampton take on Man City looking to reach the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals for a second successive season. Get set for Sunday's showdown with our Match Pack...
Southampton vs Manchester City
Emirates FA Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Sunday 20th March, 3pm GMT
Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Edward Smart
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis
Supporters unable to join us at St Mary’s can watch the game live on BBC One and via BBC iPlayer.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A semi-final date at Wembley awaits the winner, with Saints looking to return to the national stadium for a second successive season.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have enjoyed a dramatic cup run to date, cursing past Swansea in round three before extra-time victories over Coventry City and West Ham.
For City, Pep Guardiola’s side will welcome the distraction of the cup after surrendering ground to Liverpool in the Premier League title race with a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Monday.
Now only a point ahead of the Reds, City will look to keep their treble hopes intact with cup success on the south coast.
Long-term absentees Alex McCarthy and Lyanco are the only players unavailable to Ralph Hasenhüttl this weekend.
For the visitors, Rùben Dias is likely to remain out with a hamstring problem, although young attacker Cole Palmer could play a part on the south coast.
"Last season we have been in the semi-final and we have seen how fantastic this was for the club.
“For the fans it will be a massive thing to go to the semi-final at Wembley and this is definitely important for us.”
"I know how difficult it will be away at Southampton. I'm sorry, I trust a lot my team, my players. I know it looks like everything is gone but I trust a lot my players to arrive in every competition who we are."
Claiming the Goal of the Fifth Round accolade for his solo strike against West Ham, the 20-year-old will be looking to secure progression for Saints once again.
Involved in four goals from his five cup appearances, Saints will need Broja to be at his blistering best on Sunday.
The Algerian is way out in front as City’s top scorer this season, already surpassing the 20-goal mark.
With three goals in his last two FA Cup appearances, Mahrez will be one of many threats posed by the visitors.
Armando Broja 9
Adams, Elyounoussi 8
James Ward-Prowse 7
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Kyle Walker-Peters 4
Riyad Mahrez 21
Raheem Sterling 13
Foden, De Bruyne, Silva 10
Foden, De Bruyne, Jesus, Cancelo 8
Riyad Mahrez 7
Ilkay Gündogan 6
HEAD TO HEAD
Man City: 38
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
January 2022: Saints 1-1 Man City (Walker-Peters)
August 2021: Man City 0-0 Saints
March 2021: Man City 5-2 Saints (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
December 2020: Saints 0-1 Man City
July 2020: Saints 1-0 Man City (Adams)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Each of the two Premier League clashes between Southampton and Man City this season have ended level, 0-0 at the Etihad and 1-1 at St Mary’s most recently. The last side to face the Citizens at least three times in the same campaign without losing were Liverpool in 2015/16.
- Saints have only lost three of their last 18 FA Cup matches, two of which have come at the semi-final stage at Wembley (W12 D3). Indeed, at home Saints are unbeaten in their last eight in the competition (W6 D2) since a loss to Arsenal in the fourth round in 2016/17.
- Armando Broja has been involved in four goals in five domestic cup appearances for Southampton this season (3 goals, 1 assist), with both of his involvements in the FA Cup coming off the bench (assist vs Coventry, goal vs West Ham).
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