Southampton perspective: Chris Rann, George Weah's Cousin
Saints are sweating on the fitness of both full-backs after international duty. Both Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne have been fantastic this season and losing even one would be a blow. Losing both would be a nightmare. Adam Lallana may return to the starting line-up after impressive performances off the bench since his return from injury. Vegard Forren still hasn't made a matchday squad yet, so we may see a debut for the Norwegian. Jose Fonte is still out, and Gaston Ramirez may drop to the bench to accommodate Lallana.
Saints lost at Old Trafford but put in good second half display. We drew with Everton and Wigan in games we perhaps also should have won, so performances are better than results at the moment. We've still only lost three games in 15, but we need to start converting draws to wins.
Saints lost 2-3 to City on the opening weekend of the season. Having come from 0-1 down to lead 2-1 with 22 minutes to play, sadly the champions do what they do best and turned the game around again. City have a decent record at Southampton, having won nine of our 34 matches.
The draw at 3.95. City have had a few stalemates on the road, and Saints look capable of pushing teams to the limit.
Over 4.5 goals at 5.00. This could be a goalfest and a repeat of the reverse fixture at 3-2 could be a good shout.
Rickie Lambert first goalscorer at 8.50. He sits on 99 goals for Saints and it would be great to see him smash his century early on Saturday.
Score prediction: Southampton 3-3 Man City (45.00)
Man City perspective: Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC
City’s injury problems are finally easing, with the likes of Maicon and Jack Rodwell available again after lengthy lay-offs. Only Micah Richards and captain Vincent Kompany are ruled out. Roberto Mancini will also hope to have the Toure brothers available again following the Ivory Coasts’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations. Samir Nasri and Carlos Tevez will be amongst those hoping for a return to the starting line-up, having been benched last weekend.
We had won five games on the bounce, but successive draws against QPR and Liverpool have effectively ended our chances of retaining the title. We remain difficult to beat, having lost only two games in the league all season, but we lack a cutting edge at times and too many draws have cost us dearly.
Our overall record against Southampton is fairly even; out of the 77 games played we have won 23, with 25 draws and 29 defeats. Saints will consider themselves unfortunate not to have got anything from the reverse fixture at The Etihad on the opening day of the season, when a late Samir Nasri goal clinched an unconvincing 3-2 win for the Blues.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.67. It will be a tricky game for City on Saturday, with Southampton looking much improved under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
City to win at 1.60. City simply can’t afford any more slip-ups and should be boosted by the return of Yaya Toure.
Sergio Aguero first goalscorer at 2.10. The striker will be on a high after an impressive display against Liverpool.
Score prediction: Southampton 1-2 Man City (8.00)
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