Match Preview: Saints vs Man City

By SFC Media Sat 12 May Saints v Man City

Find out all you need to know ahead of the Premier League season finale at St Mary's, as Saints aim to confirm their top-flight status against champions Man City.

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Man City
Sunday 13th May, 3pm BST
St Mary’s
Premier League

THE OFFICIALS

Referee:
Andre Marriner
Assistants: Simon Long, Richard West
Fourth official: Mike Dean

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

A crucial victory at Swansea in midweek took Saints’ end-of-season revival to seven points from three games and moves them to the very brink of Premier League safety. The Swans, who host already-relegated Stoke, require a ten-goal swing on the final day to survive at Saints’ expense.

Visitors Man City have long since wrapped up the Premier League title, and celebrated breaking three records in midweek; most wins (31), most goals (105) and most points (97). Should Pep Guardiola’s side finish on a high with a 32nd victory from 38 games, they will hit the magical 100-point mark.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton:
Manager Mark Hughes has Maya Yoshida available again after the defender missed the trip to Swansea through suspension.

The boss revealed hamstring injury victim Mario Lemina is “touch and go” to be fit, while Jan Bednarek could miss out after he was substituted with a head injury in south Wales.

Maya Yoshida will hope to return to the side, particularly if Jan Bednarek is not fit 

Man City: Top scorer Sergio Agüero remains sidelined, while Pep Guardiola made a host of changes for the midweek home victory over Brighton.

Regular starters Ederson, Nicolas Otamendi, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling were all given a rest against the Seagulls, so expect some of them to return.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:


Swansea (a) W 1-0
Everton (a) D 1-1
Bournemouth (h) W 2-1
Chelsea (n) L 0-2 (Emirates FA Cup)
Leicester (a) D 0-0

Man City’s previous five:

Brighton (h) W 3-1
Huddersfield (h) D 0-0
West Ham (a) W 4-1
Swansea (h) W 5-0
Tottenham (a) W 3-1

TOP PERFORMERS

Alex McCarthy continued his fine recent form with the most important clean sheet of his Saints career, at Swansea.

The goalkeeper has hardly put a foot wrong since coming into the side midway through the season, and has made vital saves in recent weeks to help the team pick up points. 

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (7), Dušan Tadić (7), Manolo Gabbiadini (5)
Most assists: Ryan Bertrand (4), Dušan Tadić (4), James Ward-Prowse (4)

Alex McCarthy
Goalkeeper stats
Clean sheets
7
Saves
54
Shots saved
65%
Saves per game
2
Mins per goal conceded
71
See all stats

Kevin De Bruyne was among the frontrunners for this season’s PFA Player of the Year award, only to be pipped by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

With 12 goals and a league-high 15 assists (tied with Leroy Sané), the Belgian is the heartbeat of the City team – everything goes through him and he can pick a pass from nowhere with either foot.

Top scorers: Sergio Agüero (30), Raheem Sterling (23), Gabriel Jesus (16)
Most assists: Kevin De Bruyne (20), Leroy Sané (15), David Silva (14)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 87
Southampton: 31
Draws:
 25
Man City: 31

Previous four meetings:

November 2017: Man City 2-1 Southampton (Romeu)
April 2017: Southampton 0-3 Man City
October 2016: Man City 1-1 Southampton (Redmond)
May 2016: Southampton 4-2 Man City (Long, Mané 3)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Should Saints avoid defeat for a fifth successive Premier League match, it will be the club’s longest unbeaten league run since October 2016. On that occasion, the fifth game was a 1-1 draw against Man City.

– If Man City win, they’ll be the first team to ever reach 100 points in an English top-flight campaign, breaking Liverpool’s record of 98 in 1978/79 (adjusted to three points for a win).

NOT AT THE GAME?

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