Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday
Manchester City travel to Southampton on Sunday as they look to get their title push back on track.
Pep Guardiola’s men have lost their last two Premier League games and are now 10 points off leaders Liverpool, and they will be without Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan.
De Bruyne started at Leicester but made way for David Silva late on as he continues to step up his recovery from two separate knee injuries, but he did not travel with the squad to Southampton and City sources say he sustained a “knock” in training.
Ilkay Gundogan did not travel either, leaving City light in midfield.
Fernandinho is regarded as doubtful for the match, though his participation has not been completely ruled out.
Vincent Kompany has missed several games of late and appears no closer to a return.
Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.
Fabian Delph is suspended, and Southampton have no suspensions.
City should be able to welcome back David Silva to the starting XI but they have a number of headaches to contend with. Danilo has missed much of the season but could be called upon to start at right-back again given Kyle Walker’s poor form, or he could fill in at left-back, instead of Oleksandr Zinchenko.
If Fernandinho is not fit enough to start then John Stones may have could deputise again, with Nicolas Otamendi partnering Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.
Things could change up front, but Riyad Mahrez has not started too many games of late, perhaps due to Mendy’s injury meaning City’s wingers need to stay wide rather than cut inside.
Possible City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Stones, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane.
Southampton’s resurgence under Ralph Hasenhuttl took a blow on Thursday night as they lost at home to West Ham.
And the Saints could be without full-backs Ryan Bertrand (back) and Cedric (calf) for Sunday’s game.
Kick off is 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET) on Sunday, and the game will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC and Universo in the United States, and on various channels around the world.