Match Pack: Saints vs Man City

By SFC Media time Fri 18 Dec Saints v Manchester City

Can Southampton make it four unbeaten in the Premier League? Get set for Saturday's encounter with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Man City
St Mary’s Stadium
Premier League
Saturday 19 December, 3pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann
Fourth official: Robert Jones
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes

HOW TO WATCH

The fixture will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime Video, with Saints fans requiring an Amazon Prime subscription.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Southmpton fans during the Premier League match between Southampton and Sheffield United at St Mary's Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Southampton, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints will once again be backed by 2,000 home supporters (Photo: Matt Watson)

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The second of two matches in the space of four days, Southampton will be looking to guarantee a spot in the top four for Christmas with a win over Manchester City.

Unbeaten in their last three and only losing one of their last 11 Premier League outings, Saints come into Saturday’s fixture ahead of City in both the form and actual tables.

Drawing their last two league matches, Pep Guardiola’s side will be searching for a return to winning way in the last game before Christmas.

Languishing in eighth, victory on the road could boost the visitors as high as fifth depending on results elsewhere.

TEAM NEWS

Ralph Hasenhüttl once again has a fully fit squad to choose from, with his players coming through unscathed from Wednesday's trip to Arsenal. 

For City, Sergio Aguero may still not be fit to start after struggling with a knock during the week, with Eric Garcia and Oleksandr Zinchenko both still sidelined.


THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl: "For me still, they are one of the best teams in the league, and we will have to have a fantastic game again, like last time, and then you need also a fantastic goalkeeper and luck in the right moments to win it.

"But, and this is the good thing, we are also better than we have been at that time, we have developed our game and this is what we want to show ourselves, that we are still making steps forward, and then you have always a chance."

Pep Guardiola: "They [Southampton] know exactly what they have to do in different stages, every department, every situation. The position they are in right now speaks for itself. When a team is up there after 12 fixtures, they are doing really good things.

"They have an exceptional manager. I know him a little bit from his time in Germany. He was at many clubs, Leipzig he played in a specific style. He has experience at the back and one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, Romeu."

ONES TO WATCH

Ché Adams: Directly involved in two goals in the last two games, Adams will be looking to build on the goal against Sheffield United and assist in Wednesday night's draw at Arsenal. 

Opening his Southampton account against Manchester City last season, the striker has gone from the strength-to-strength to become a pivotal part of Ralph Hasenhüttl's attacking line-up.

Ché Adams
Attack stats
goalGoals
4
Total shots
20
Shots on target
13
Conversion rate
20%
Mins per goal
281
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Kevin De Bruyne: While the Belgian may not have hit the heights of previous seasons so far in 2020/21, De Bruyne remains key to City's attacking prowess.

Already with 10 assists to his name this season, the midfielder's pinpoint delivery and creativity will be key if goals are to come.

TOP PERFORMERS

Inclusive of all competitions

Southampton:

Goals:


Danny Ings 6
Adams, Ward-Prowse 4
Jannik Vestergaard 3

Assists:

Ché Adams 4
Ings, Ward-Prowse 3
Walcott, Armstrong 2

James Ward-Prowse
Distribution stats
Passes completed
767
Crosses
23
Assists
3
Chances created
19
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Man City:

Goals:


Sterling, Torres 6
Foden, Mahrez 4
Jesus, Gündogan 3

Assists:

Kevin De Bruyne 10
Raheem Sterling 5
Phil Foden 3

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 93
Saints: 32
Draws: 25
Man City: 36

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

July 2020: Saints 1-0 Man City (Adams)
November 2019: Man City 2-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
October 2019: Man City 3-1 Saints (Stephens) Carabao Cup
December 2018: Saints 1-3 Man City (Højbjerg)
November 2018: Man City 6-1 Saints (Ings)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton are looking to win back-to-back Premier League games against Man City for the first time since May 2003 (a run of three), after winning this exact fixture 1-0 in July last season.

- Southampton have won their final league match before Christmas in each of their last two seasons – both away wins against Huddersfield Town and Aston Villa.

- Southampton have scored at least twice in each of their last seven Premier League home games, scoring 16 goals in total in that run. Saints’ previous 16 league goals at St Mary’s had come over a period of 16 games.

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