Saints return to Premier League action on Saturday with a second trip in five days to the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City vs Southampton
Saturday 2nd November, 3pm GMT
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Nicholas Hopton
Fourth Official: Robert Lewis
VAR: Andrew Marriner
Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Hosts Manchester City will be in their traditional sky blue shirts, with Saints sporting their away kit of dark grey shirts with yellow trim, yellow shorts and yellow socks as they did in midweek in the Carabao Cup.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton return to the Etihad for the second time in five days, this time looking to get back on track in the Premier League.
Both sides made wholesale changes for the Carabao Cup meeting in midweek, which saw the reigning champions run out 3-1 victors.
However, with three points now at stake, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will head back to Manchester looking to build on an encouraging second half performance on Tuesday night.
Chasing a first league victory in six, Saints will be up against a City side who can’t afford to lose further ground to top of the table Liverpool, who boast a six point advantage.
Saints’ injured duo of Cédric and Moussa Djenepo have both resumed first-team training, the manager has confirmed, but are unlikely to feature at the Etihad Stadium.
It means the visitors will have the same squad to choose from this weekend, with Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond overcoming knocks picked up on Tuesday night.
Ralph Hasenhüttl made six changes for the Carabao Cup fixture and will now have to decide who retains their spot in the starting eleven.
Man City (a) 1-3 (Stephens) Carabao Cup
Leicester (h) L 0-9
Wolves (a) D 1-1 (Ings)
Chelsea (h) L 1-4 (Ings)
Tottenham (a) L 1-2 (Ings)
Southampton (h) W 3-1 (Agüero 2, Otamendi) Carabao Cup
Aston Villa (h) W 3-0 (Sterling, D. Silva, Gundogan)
Atalanta (h) W 5-1 (Agüero 2, Sterling 3) Champions League
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-0 (Jesus, D. Silva)
Wolves (h) L 0-2
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "It is another game against a not-so-bad opponent, but, as always, you have a chance to get something. Both teams will take from Tuesday's game the good and the bad things and try to change a few things. They will do it and we will do it.
"Finally, I think that when we invest the same like we invested on Tuesday and keep it a little bit longer, and open the game, knowing that they are coming with fresh players and not worse ones but really good ones, still also we will make a few changes to the squad and a few fresh guys because we invested a lot on Tuesday.”
Pep Guardiola: “They played different formations in the game. The last ten, 15 minutes they pressed high. The rest of the game they defended deep.
“The problems we have in the game, we defend deep. Maybe they change so I don’t know what is going to happen.”
ONES TO WATCH
Danny Ings: Sitting top of Southampton’s goal scoring charts, Ings is poised to be recalled after being an unused substitute the midweek Carabao Cup tie.
Scoring in Saints’ last three Premier League outings prior to last Friday’s defeat at home to Leicester, the 27-year-old will be determined to continue his run of good form.
In fact, no striker from outside of the so called ‘top six’ has scored more goals against such sides since the start of last season than Ings (six goals).
Sergio Agüero: The Argentinean captained City on Tuesday night and bagged a brace in the cup meeting with Saints, taking his overall tally for the season to 12.
With Gabriel Jesus preferred to lead the line in recent weeks, Agüero could make a return to the starting eleven at the weekend and will be keen to continue his goal scoring exploits.
Inclusive of all competitions
Danny Ings 6
Moussa Djenepo 2
Nathan Redmond 2
Sofiane Boufal 2
Danny Ings 2
James Ward-Prowse 1
Raheem Sterling 13
Sergio Agüero 12
Gabriel Jesus 5
Kevin De Bruyne 10
Riyad Mahrez 6
David Silva 4
HEAD TO HEAD
Man City 35
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
October 2019: Man City 3-1 Saints (Stephens)
December 2018: Saints 1-3 Man City (Højbjerg)
November 2018: Man City 6-1 Saints (Ings pen)
May 2018: Saints 0-1 Man City
November 2017: Man City 2-1 Saints (Romeu)
DID YOU KNOW?
- No player at a non ‘big six’ club has scored more Premier League goals against such sides since the start of last season than Southampton’s Danny Ings (6)
- Just one of Manchester City’s last 40 Premier League games has finished in a draw (W33 D1 L6)
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