PREVIEW: Southampton vs City

Saturday 9 February 2013 | St. Mary’s Stadium | Kick-off 17:30

Tickets: Tickets in the away end are sold out, but there are some available in the home section, starting at £35. Call the box Office: 0845 688 9288

Last Season: N/a

Match OfficialsReferee: Martin Atkinson; Assistants: S Burt, P Kirkup; Fourth official: K Friend.

Team News:

SOUTHAMPTON – Luke Shaw is a doubt with a ligament problem, while Gaston Ramirez and Guly do Prado are also struggling to make the starting line-up. Jose Fonte definitely won’t be involved. Adam Lallana since December 8th after recovering from a knee problem.

Southampton (from): K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Clyne, Richardson, Stephens, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Forren, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Chaplow, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, do Prado, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez.

CITY – Yaya and Kolo Toure are back from international duty with Yaya expected to start. Kompany is still struggling with his calf injury but some reports suggest he could be fit in time. Micah Richards is still out.

Man City (from): Hart, Nielsen, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, K Toure, Nastastic, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Kolarov, Y Toure, Garcia, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Rodwell, Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero.

Stats:

City have only lost one of their 8 Premier League away games at Southampton (W4, D3, L1) with 3 wins coming at The Dell.

City have drawn 8 of the opening 25 PL games this term, 5 more than at the same stage last season.

In terms of losses this is City’s best ever PL season with only 2 losses from their opening 25 games.

City are unbeaten in their last eight 17:30 Kick Off’s in the Premier League (W6, D2, L0)

Southampton have only managed one win in their last nine league games, drawing six of those. They have two points out of a possible nine under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Saints have thrown away 24 points from leading positions this season, more than any other side.

Southampton have the worst record in the division against teams in the top half of the table, failing to win in 13 attempts (D5, L8).

Stats courtesy of Opta City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

In his pre-match press conference, Roberto Mancini expressed his belief that City have been the best team in the country for the last two years.

Manchester United is a strong team, Chelsea is a strong team but I think in the last two years Manchester City is the team that has played better in the Premier League.

To see Mancini’s presser, watch this video:

Fixtures:

(All matches kick-off at 3pm unless other wise stated)

Sat 9 Feb

Tottenham v Newcastle 12:45
Chelsea v Wigan
Norwich v Fulham
Stoke v Reading
Sunderland v Arsenal
Swansea v QPR
Southampton v Man City 17:30

Sun 10 Feb

Aston Villa v West Ham 13:30
Man Utd v Everton 16:00

Mon 11 Feb

Liverpool v West Brom 20:00

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