Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Southampton
Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, November 28 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Man City 4/7 – Draw 16/5 – Southampton 9/2
The Citizens have struggled after a very strong start to the campaign and come into the weekend sitting in third place, two points behind Leicester City at the top.
They need to win this one and will hope to bounce back from last Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Manchester City’s Premier League record: P13 – W8 – D2 – L3
Manuel Pellegrini’s men traveled to Italy in the Champions League on Wednesday and suffered a 1-0 defeat to Juventus so there may be some fitness concerns ahead of the visit of the Saints.
Southampton have stumbled themselves of late with just two wins in their last five. They lost 1-0 at home to Stoke last weekend and now have a difficult task in bouncing back.
Ronald Koeman will be generally pleased with what he has seen so far this term. The Saints sit eight in the table after 13 games and are just six points off City in third.
Southampton’s Premier League record: P13 – W5 – D5 – L3
Southampton have yet to lose an away game in the Premier League this season but the absence of the suspended Graziano Pelle will affect their chances.
They have not won away at Manchester City since 2004 and will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats against their opponents in this one.
Manchester City’s injury list will still be worrying Manuel Pellegrini. Joe Hart is the latest name to pick up a knock and he’ll miss out here along with Samir Nasri, Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and captain Vincent Kompany.
Southampton will travel to Manchester without star striker Graziano Pelle as he is suspended. Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos all remain sidelined through injury.
Manchester City’s last five: W/D/W/D/L
Southampton’s last five: D/D/W/W/L
Key Stat: Manchester City have won their last five home games against Southampton in all competitions.
Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The Argentine striker is back in the squad and will hope to fire City to victory in what is an important game for the club this Saturday. He has six goals in his last two Premier League appearances and will hope to keep that run going.
Manchester City 2-1 Southampton – This is a close one to call. Neither side looks as sharp as they would hope to be at this stage of the season and so there could be goals here. The loss of Pelle will hurt Southampton and City should just have enough to edge past them.