Man City will be looking to bounce straight back after seeing their winning run ended in Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Pep Guardiola’s men were beaten 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium by Manchester United at the weekend, a defeat which followed 21 consecutive victories in all competitions.
Despite that result, City remain 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League and can extend that lead to 14 points with victory this evening.
Southampton, meanwhile, ended a dismal run of nine league games without a win by beating struggling Sheffield United at the weekend thanks to James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and a thunderbolt from Che Adams.
Victory came at a price, with top scorer Danny Ings forced off through injury and the England international is out of tonight’s game, though Saints are hopeful that he could return by the end of the month to play a part in the run-in.
Who fancies an upset?
Pep Guardiola insisted his squad are “on fire” in training as they look to get back to winning ways after Sunday’s Manchester derby defeat.
Asked about the mood in the camp, Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference: “A mix of disappointment and sadness and at the same time, the second day was better and today, completely on fire.
“It’s a normal process when you lose the games. The reaction is common.”
Six changes for Saints
Southampton go one further and make six changes to their side, headlined by Che Adams coming in in place of the injured Danny Ings, having scored that rocket against Sheffield United as a substitute.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s five other changes see goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, Jack Stephens, Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond coming in.
Five changes for City
Pep Guardiola has made five changes to his Manchester City side for tonight’s clash with Southampton, with Phil Foden among those to come in.
Foden and Bernardo Silva both come in in attacking areas, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus making way, but there is not start for Sergio Aguero, so it looks as if Guardiola has opted for a false-nine system.
In midfield, Rodri is given a rest as Fernandinho comes into the holding role, while further back, Joao Cancelo and John Stones drop to the bench and are replaced by Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte.
Southampton team news
Southampton XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Salisu, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Redmond, Adams.
Subs: Ramsay, Walker-Peters, Forster, Tella, N’Lundulu, Diallo, Ferry, Minamino, Watts
Man City team news
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden
Subs: Steffen, Stones, Sterling, Jesus, Agüero, Rodrigo, Torres, Mendy, Cancelo
We’ll have all the confirmed team news in ten minutes’ time…
Speaking of strikers, Southampton will be without top scorer Danny Ings after he was forced off in the win over Sheffield United at the weekend.
Manager Ralph Hassenhutl says the injury looks “serious, but not too serious”, with Saints hoping the England international could be back by the end of the month.
Aguero in line to start?
Sergio Aguero could return to the Manchester City starting line-up for tonight’s visit of Southampton.
The striker was an unused substitute as Manchester United ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, ending City’s 21-game winning run.
Aguero’s season has been severely hampered by injury and contracting coronavirus, limiting him to just six Premier League appearances.
Asked by reporters if Aguero, and Phil Foden, were due to start, Pep Guardiola replied: “Maybe, I will decide tomorrow. I have an idea in general of the guys who will play but I have a few doubts.”
Asked if these were injury doubts, Guardiola said: “No, everybody is OK.”
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Foden, Aguero, Sterling
Southampton XI: Forster; Maitland-Niles, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Minamino; Adams, Tella