Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action, Sportsmail will be providing you with all you need to know about every fixture, with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats. Here is all the information you need for Southampton’s home clash with Manchester City.
SOUTHAMPTON VS MANCHESTER CITY
Southampton team news
Mario Lemina faces a late fitness test ahead of Southampton’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
The former Juventus midfielder is battling a hamstring complaint, and is yet to train this week.
Jan Bednarek will miss out due to a head injury as Southampton look to confirm their top-flight status.
Provisional squad: Forster, McCarthy, Taylor, McQueen, Soares, Stephens, Pied, Bertrand, Hoedt, Yoshida, Lemina, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond, Tadic, Sims, Long, Gabbiadini, Austin, Carrillo.
Mario Lemina faces a late fitness test ahead of Southampton’s clash with Manchester City
Manchester City team news
Top scorer Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s only major absentee for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at Southampton.
The Argentina striker, who has scored 30 goals this term, has missed the last month of the campaign with a knee injury.
Manager Pep Guardiola may make some changes having handed rare starts to Claudio Bravo, Yaya Toure and Danilo in Wednesday’s clash against Brighton.
Provisional squad: Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Delph, Zinchenko, Toure, Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Sane, Sterling, Foden, Diaz, Nmecha, Jesus.
Top scorer Sergio Aguero is City’s only major absentee for the match on Sunday afternoon
Season at a glance
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Key match stats (supplied by Opta)
Saints have won just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Man City (D2 L6), winning 4-2 at home in May 2016 thanks largely to a Sadio Mane hat-trick.
Man City have won two of their last three visits to St Mary’s in the Premier League (L1), with both victories being by a scoreline of 3-0.
Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 Premier League games against Man City, shipping 27 goals in total.
The Saints have collected eight points in their last four Premier League games (W2 D2), as many as they picked in the previous 12 combined (W1 D5 L6).
If Manchester City win, they’ll be the first team to ever reach 100 points in an English top-flight campaign, breaking Liverpool’s previous record of 98 in 1978-79 (adjusted to 3 points for a win).
Man City could also become the first team to record 32 wins in an English top-flight campaign, with their current tally of 31 a joint-record alongside Spurs in 1960-61.
Raheem Sterling curled home an injury-time winner against Southampton earlier on in season
Indeed, victory for the Citizens would also see them create a new record for most away wins (16) and points (50) in a Premier League season.
In fact, in the top-flight, only Tottenham in 1960-61 have won as many as 16 away games in a single campaign, while no side has ever earned 50 points on the road, even when converting to three points for a win.
Before becoming Manchester City manager in 2008, Mark Hughes was unbeaten against them in the Premier League (W4 D4 L0). Since leaving, he’s won only two of his 13 league meetings against the Citizens (D3 L8).
Hughes hasn’t ended on the winning side in back to back Premier League games since January 2017, when his Stoke side beat Watford and Sunderland.
SOUTHAMPTON VS MAN CITY
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Odds (subject to change)
Man City 2/5
Head-to-head league record
Southampton wins – 6
Draws – 7
Man City wins – 14
Recent league form (last five results)
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