Premier League Gameweek 5
Sep 18, 2021 KO: 14:00

Man City - Southampton

Etihad Stadium Manchester
Referee: Jonathan Moss

Match preview

Foden and Grealish dropped? How Man City could line up against Southampton

Pep Guardiola will likely have to shuffle his pack against Southampton after a gruelling Champions League clash with RB Leipzig

Manchester City will be looking to pour more misery on Southampton’s poor start to the season with a comfortable win at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s side made hard work of their victory over RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday and will certainly be hoping their coming home game will be far more straightforward.

Unfortunately for the English champions, their defence could be severely weakened, with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones still a doubt for the coming Premier League clash. Instead, Guardiola is likely to stick with Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake, with Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo on either flank.

Although Phil Foden started in the Champions League clash a few days ago, it was his first appearance of the season and it’s unlikely that the England international will be tasked with playing a full 90 minutes against Southampton.

As such, Guardiola will likely go with a midfield trio of Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Kevin de Bruyne in the middle of the pitch.

Similarly, Jack Grealish may be afforded a break after starting every game so far this season, by making way for Raheem Sterling in attack, alongside Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus.

How Man City could line up against Southampton

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  Average Match Rating  
7.0
  Home  
6.4
6.6
  Away  
6.0
6.8
  Total  
6.2

Match statistics

Man City
Statistics
Southampton
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
13
6
Draws
0
4
Losses
7
10
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
43
31
Goals Per Game
2.15
1.55
More > 2.5 Goals
12
12
More > 3 Goals
6
7
Scored First in a Match
11
7
Scored Both Halves
8
7
Won More > 1 Goal
6
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
21
32
Did Not Score
4
7
Both Teams Scored
9
10
Kept Clean Sheet
7
4
Won Without Conceding
7
3
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
812
634
Possession
61
51
Passes
641
441
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
13
Shots on Target
5.20
5.26
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.11
Crosses
18
14
Offsides
1.68
1.92
Penalties
0.10
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.20
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
18
Interceptions
7.29
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
12
14
Total Shots Conceded
8.30
12
Shots on Target Conceded
3.24
4.89
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.14
0.13
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
10
Yellow Cards
1.60
1.35
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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Suspended

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