Manchester City may have a game in hand over most of their Premier League counterparts, but Pep Guardiola and his men will be determined to elevate themselves from ninth in the Premier League table with a win over Southampton on Saturday.
That attitude will be even more pronounced at St Mary’s after City’s last two games have only seen them pick up two points - one from a drab stalemate against rivals Manchester United and the other came when they were held 1-1 by West Bromwich Albion midweek.
That’s on top of Saints getting the better of City last time they played - a 1-0 win for Southampton courtesy of a Che Adams stunner from distance.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have picked up four points in the same period, with a commanding 3-0 victory over Sheffield United before a hard-fought point gained at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
In terms of team news, City do not have any suspension worries like their Saints counterparts.
However, unlike Southampton, Guardiola does have some injury concerns ahead of Saturday.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Eric Garcia both missed City’s game against West Brom on Tuesday through injury. According to Manchester City’s website, both players will be assessed prior to the Saints game.
That match against the Baggies did bring some good news for City fans and bad news for Saints supporters, though.
Deadly striker Sergio Aguero came on for Phil Foden as a substitute late on and looked bright. If he’s fit, it’s likely the Argentine will feature against Southampton on Saturday.