Premier League

Manchester City vs Southampton: Preview | Premier League 2018/19


The in-form Manchester City have not conceded a goal since September first week, with best defence in Premier League they sit at top of League table.

Next they will play Southampton in Premier League on Sunday at Etihad stadium.

The Saints, on the other hand have struggled this season standing second-lowest scorers in the top flight. Only Huddersfield have scored less goals than Southampton.

When & Where?

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday 4 November
Kick-off: 3pm BST

Team News

For host, Kevin De Bruyne is sidelined with a knock he suffered in 2-0 win against Fulham in the round of 16 Carabao cup fixture.

Ilkay Gundogan (hamstring) and Nicolas Otamendi (tendon problem) remains doubtful while shot-stopper Claudio Bravo is a long-term absentee.

For visitors, Charlie Austin (shoulder) and Pierre Hojbjerg (illness) will face a late fitness tests.

What the managers said

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City): “This kind of injury [to De Bruyne] is unlucky. He’s so strong and he’s recovered so well. It was more dangerous than this one.

“We are a stronger team with Kevin than without him, but we have to live without him.”

Mark Hughes (Southampton): “There are always elements of any team that you can look to exploit, no matter how good they are.

“They get into winning positions very quickly which we can’t let happen.”

Match Officials

Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Marc Perry, Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

Predicted Line-ups

Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Bernardo, Fernandinho, David Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Lemina, Elyounoussi; Ings

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