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The Saints have lost their last three matches – including their first home defeat of the season – but Pellegrini believes that could work against his side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the City boss said, “I think playing against a team as good as Southampton, when they have lost the last three games, will be more difficult for us.
“They are a young team, and they have a young manager. But he knows perfectly how he must manage this situation.”
City will be hoping to secure back-to-back away wins in the league for the first time this season. And they will be able to call on Vincent Kompany after the defender came through his return against West Bromwich Albion unscathed.
In quotes published by Goal, Pellegrini said, “He finished the last game without any problems.
“We will see how he recovers but I don’t think it’s a great risk to play him again.”
Given how Southampton are likely to respond, the Blues will need Kompany if at all possible.
And Pellegrini has also had his say on Manchester United’s recent struggles, claiming the race for the title remains “exactly the same” despite their defeat to Everton in midweek.
“For us, it is very important to continue winning.”
It certainly is, and he will be hoping that streak is still intact following a tough visit to St Mary’s.