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Manchester City vs Southampton
Sunday 4th November, 3pm GMT
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Marc Perry, Neil Davies
Fourth official: Chris Kavanagh
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
For Manchester City, it is their position at the top of the Premier League table, with Pep Guardiola’s team heading into the latest round of matches above Liverpool on goal difference.
The defending champions are one of three teams, along with Liverpool and Chelsea, to remain unbeaten this season in the Premier League, with all five of their home games so far having ended in victory.
It’s a big task for Saints, who are searching for their second away win of the campaign, and are hoping to end a run that has seen them go six without a victory in the top-flight, while they have failed to score in the last five.
However, Mark Hughes’s team are unbeaten in their last two and have kept clean sheets in both games.
Manchester City: The big news from City is that Kevin De Bruyne will miss out, as he faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines with ligament damage. Pep Guardiola also has doubts over Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi.
Southampton: Midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who missed last weekend's game against Newcastle, is fit again and has trained over the past couple of days at Staplewood Campus. That means Mark Hughes has a clean bill of health for the game.
Fulham (h) W 2-0 (Carabao Cup)
Tottenham (a) W 1-0
Shakhtar (a) W 3-0 (Champions League)
Burnley (h) W 5-0
Liverpool (a) D 0-0
Newcastle (h) D 0-0
Bournemouth (a) D 0-0
Chelsea (h) L 0-3
Everton (a) D 1-1 (Won on penalties) (Carabao Cup)
Wolves (a) L 0-2
Pep Guardiola: "I'm impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle. They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical. It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces, as they are strong there too. They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points."
Mark Hughes: "We've got to be resilient and able to stay in the game. Obviously, there's going to be periods when Man City are pressing and they've got momentum with them and we've got to be strong in those moments, and I think in recent weeks, clearly with the confidence we've got from the two performances defensively and clean sheets we've had of late that's going to help us. It's about us playing well, making sure that we're as good as we have been in recent weeks defensively and, obviously, if we're able to create clear-cut chances then we've got to take them."
City are hardly short of star names, and, once again, they have plenty who are in excellent form. Sergio Agüero, as usual, leads the way for them in the goal charts, with six in ten Premier League games. Benjamin Mendy’s five assists in seven top-flight matches mark him out as a huge threat at left-back, while Raheem Sterling has four goals and three assists, with Riyad Mahrez also looking dangerous right now, having also notched up four goals.
Danny Ings remains Southampton’s top scorer, with three Premier League goals to his name. Saints will be pleased to have Pierre-Emile Højbjerg back, with the influential midfielder having bagged two already this term and looking a threat going forward.
This will be the 89th competitive meeting between the sides, with the historical split almost completely even.
Man City: 32
Last five meetings…
May 2018: Southampton 0-1 Manchester City
November 2017: Manchester City 2-1 Southampton (Romeu)
April 2017: Southampton 0-3 Manchester City
October 2016: Manchester City 1-1 Southampton (Redmond)
May 2016: Southampton 4-2 Manchester City (Long, Mané 3)
DID YOU KNOW?
• If Manchester City keep a clean sheet it will be the first time in their history they have done so in seven consecutive games.
• Saints have scored on their last three visits to Etihad Stadium – the only time they haven’t scored there since returning to the Premier League was a 2-0 defeat in May 2015.
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