Match Preview: Saints vs City

By SFC Media Fri 14 Apr Saints vs Man City

Let us get you set for Southampton's home Premier League clash with Manchester City...

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Manchester City
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 15th April, 5.30pm BST
Premier League

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: S Ledger, A Holmes
Fourth official: G Scott

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

For Saints, it’s a chance to win three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season.

It is also potentially an opportunity for Claude Puel’s side to close the gap on eighth-placed West Brom, who they beat last week, to just one point.

City have plenty to play for themselves in this contest, as they currently sit fourth in the table, four points ahead of Manchester United, but having played one game more.

A win could also put City above third-placed Liverpool, who are two points ahead of them.

Manolo Gabbiadini looks set to return

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: There is good news for the hosts, as Claude Puel expects to welcome back striker Manolo Gabbiadini and midfielder Steven Davis into his squad, after the pair returned to injury from training. Oriol Romeu remains suspended for this clash, however.

Manchester City: Defender Bacary Sagna is set to miss out, as he continues to recover from an adductor injury. Centre-back Vincent Company is fully fit again, though, and is in contention to start.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

West Bromwich Albion (a) W 1-0
Crystal Palace (h) W 3-1
Bournemouth (h) D 0-0
Tottenham (a) L 1-2
Watford (a) W 4-3

Manchester City’s previous five:

Hull City (h) W 3-1
Chelsea (a) L 1-2
Arsenal (a) D 2-2
Liverpool (h) D 1-1
Monaco (a) L 1-3 (Champions League)

Dušan Tadić
Distribution stats
Passes completed
859
Crosses
53
Assists
7
Chances created
65
See all stats

TOP PERFORMERS

Dušan Tadić is now two clear at the top of the assist charts at Saints, having laid on Jordy Clasie’s winner at West Brom last weekend. James Ward-Prowse, who is up to four goals for the season, is two assists behind him.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (7)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (7), James Ward-Prowse (5)

City have an abundance of talent, but their biggest star man remains striker Sergio Agüero, who has 27 goals this season. Raheem Sterling has also been a huge threat, directly contributing to 23 goals.

Top scorers: Sergio Agüero (27), Raheem Sterling (9)
Most assists: Raheem Sterling (14), Kevin De Bruyne (12)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 85
Southampton: 31
Draws: 25
Manchester City: 29

Previous four meetings:

October 2016: Manchester City 1-1 Southampton (Redmond)
May 2016: Southampton 4-2 Manchester City (Long, Mané 3)
November 2015: Manchester City 3-1 Southampton (Long)
May 2015: Manchester City 2-0 Southampton

DID YOU KNOW?


– Against teams he has faced at least twice in the Premier League, only against Everton (312) does Sergio Agüero have a worse mins/goal ratio than he does against Southampton (264).

– Duśan Tadić has had a hand in five goals in his last six Premier League appearances (one goal, four assists)

– Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has conceded from each of the last seven shots on target he's faced in the Premier League.

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