CONFIRMED: Southampton v Manchester City line-ups

Here is how Southampton and Manchester City will line up for this afternoon’s match at St. Mary's Stadium...

Southampton starting XI: Forster; Clyne, Alderweireld, Fonte, Bertrand; Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Davis; Tadic, Pelle, Mane.

Southampton substitutes: K. Davis (GK), Yoshida, Gardos, Long, Mayuka, Reed, Targett

Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Navas, Jovetic, Nasri; Aguero.

Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Pozo, Milner, Lampard, Fernando, Sagna, Demichelis.

Southampton look to continue their great start to the season this afternoon, as they welcome Manchester City to the South Coast.

The Saints have racked up eight wins from 12 games, but today's game poses their biggest test to date, with second place Southampton taking on third place City.

Ronald Koeman's side have dropped just two points at home this season, winning their last five games at St. Mary's Stadium.

Standing in their way is Manuel Pellegrini's City, who have been inconsistent this season, but are coming off two morale boosting wins against Swansea and Bayern Munich.

There's no question who the star man is, as striker Sergio Aguero has smashed 17 goals in 18 games in all competitions, and Southampton's sturdy defence will have their hands full.

Koeman's men have conceded just six goals in 12 games this term, but Aguero is the toughest task they've faced as a unit, with nobody able to shackle the Argentine of late.

After Chelsea's draw with Sunderland, both sides know that they have the chance to close the gap on the Blues at the top of the table in what should be a fascinating encounter.

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