Man City vs Southampton LIVE in Premier League: Preview, Squad News and Dream11 Prediction, MNC vs SOT live streaming, follow for live updates. Premier League side Manchester City is all set to host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Both sides will play their fifth league game in the Premier League on Saturday. The Citizens will be eager to continue their brilliant form at the Champions League earlier this week.
Match: Manchester City vs Southampton
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Date: 18th September 2021
Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
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Pep Guardiola’s side will be eager to register their fifth straight win across all competitions this season. City’s game earlier this week in the Champions League had nine goals in it. German side RB Leipzig did try to come back from behind but, lost the game with a scoreline of 6-3 in favor of the Citizens.
While Pep’s side could see a number of absentees against Southampton on Saturday. Second-choice goalie Zack Steffan will miss this game after testing positive for the coronavirus. John Stones and Aymeric Laporte might both miss this encounter due to injury.
Dutch defender Nathan Ake will be starting the game, who scored a goal last game against Leipzig. Phil Foden might also start the game from the bench, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will start from the middle of the park.
The saints are at 14th position in the league table after playing four games in Premier League. The last three games in the Premier League were a draw for the Hasenhuttl side. Southampton did hold Manchester United in the last game for a 1-1 draw.
However, Hasenhuttl’s side has injury concerns ahead of this game. Key players Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong will be unavailable for the selection due to injury. While, William Smallbone is slowly recovering but, won’t be available against Manchester City. Centre-forward Shane Long will be available after recovering from the coronavirus.
Manchester City clearly has the advantage over Southampton in head-to-head competitions. The Citizens have won three out of the last four games against the Saints. While they have lost just one game against Southampton last year. It’ll be an interesting contest at Etihad on Saturday between these two sides.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Ake, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Jesus, Torres, Grealish
Southampton: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud; Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Redmond, Armstrong, Djenepo
Manchester City: Jack Grealish will be a vital player for the Citizens against Southampton on Saturday. With Gabriel Jesus coming in, Grealish will be opting to whip in crosses from the left flank. Former Aston Villa star is in a good run of form in front of the goal. Pep Guardiola will be hoping to see Jack Grealish score a goal at Etihad on the Saturday clash. The English attacker has two goals and assists across all competitions for the City this term.
Southampton: Saints forward Adam Armstrong will be the player to watch out for. The lad has already a goal and assists to his name in four Premier League appearances. He will be keen to find the net and help his side come out with a point at Etihad. While Shane Long can also be a threat if the striker starts the game from the bench for Southampton.
DEF: Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker Peters
MID: Kevin De Bruyne, Grealish, James Ward Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Smallbone
FWD: Jesus, Armstrong
This weekend encounter will be in the favor of Manchester City and the scoreline might read 3-1 in favor of the Citizens.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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