Match to be played on Saturday 7th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton.
Manchester City managed to get a win on the road on Wednesday night as they look to cure the travel sickness that has made their title challenge stutter early on, and they will look to build on that win this weekend at Southampton. However, they will be keen to avoid any repeat of last season’s shock defeat St Mary’s where they lost 3-1.
Here is the side that Manuel Pellegrini will hope keeps up the momentum that City seem to be gathering.
On the wrong end of an unfortunate own goal this week, and hasn’t done much wrong since replacing Joe Hart in the Manchester City goal. It would be a bit of a surprise if he didn’t keep his place.
Has been solid and reliable and proved against West Brom is he quite handy in the final third of the field as he set up Sergio Aguero’s opener at The Hawthorns.
Without doubt he is Manchester City’s best defender and his return must have been a welcome sight for all City fans. They could do with him in good form here after the game in midweek will have helped to get him back up to speed.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Lescott came in for this game in place of Martin Demichelis to give the City defence a little more balance. Lescott could be viewed as the safer option as Demichelis’ positioning has been suspect during this spell in the side.
Clichy seems to be Pellegrini’s first choice left-back at the moment so it would be a bit of a surprise if he didn’t line up at St Mary’s as City will look to use his pace up and down the flank.
Navas is in very good form so expect him to start here and give the Southampton back four plenty to think about with both his pace and his delivery.
It’s hard not to imagine Fernandinho in the middle of the park given he has played there for much of the season. His energy may be a big factor in combatting the threat Southampton’s game has.
One of the first names on the team sheet and the powerful midfielder could be more of a menace in the middle of the park than usual given Southampton’s problems. He scored twice in midweek and seems to find the regularly from set-pieces this term.
Nasri continues to thrive under Manuel Pellegrini and given how impressive he has been for City it is hard to think of the side playing without him as he brings other players into the game so effectively.
After having a rest in midweek which allowed for Edin Dzeko to start, Negredo is likely to return this weekend. He is also in very good form so expect him to give the Southampton back four a hard time.
The first name on the City team sheet? Possibly. He keeps on producing in front of goal, and it is hard to envisage him not scoring in a game at the moment. Would be a big surprise if he didn’t start.