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How we expect Man City to lineup against Southampton today


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ep Guardiola is at loggerheads with Manchester City supporters after the manager publicly criticised the lack of supporters in the ground for the club’s 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig in midweek.

As such, the Spaniard might be tempted to to put on a show and fill his starting XI with some household favourites.

The Belgian came through his first start of the campaign against Leipzig on Wednesday, with Phil Foden coming off the bench on his own return from injury.

Kyle Walker was rested in that game and is expected to return at right-back, meaning Joao Cancelo will either shuffle to left-back or drop to the bench to allow Oleksandr Zinchenko to keep his place.

Both John Stones and Aymeric Laporte missed the Leipzig clash and should neither be fit to return Nathan Ake – who scored against the Germans – will continue alongside Ruben Dias in the centre of defence.

Gabriel Jesus’ excellent Premier League form should see him recalled to the starting XI, but Raheem Sterling once again faces a fight for playing time, after Jack Grealish marked his Champions League debut with a superb goal.

Man City likely XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan; De Bruyne, Grealish, Torres; Jesus

Man City squad from: Carson, Delap, Palmer, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Torres, Foden, Sterling, Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Torres, Jesus

Injured Stones (knock, unknown), Laporte (groin, unknown), Steffen (isolating, unknown)


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