Preview: Manchester City v Southampton

Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to keep that winning feeling going on Wednesday when they host a Southampton side fresh off a big win.

Premier League
29 November 2017
Gameweek 14
Kick-off: 22H00 local time
Venue: Etihad Stadium

Referee: P. Tierney
Assistants: A. Holmes, M. McDonough
Fourth official: R. Madley

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS

Manchester City 63 23 18 22 
Southampton 63 22 18 23 

Previous encounter:

Southampton 0-3 Manchester City (15/04/17) Premier League

Manchester City goalscorers: V. Kompany (55'), L. Sane (77'), S. Aguero (80')

Players to watch:

Raheem Sterling has propelled himself to the top of City's scoring charts with his winner against Huddersfield at the weekend, while the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have also netted 11 and 10 goals respectively this season.

Charlie Austin made a slow start to his season but netted a brace against Everton on Sunday and will now be threatening Manolo Gabbiadini's place as the preferred lone striker.

Team form and manager quotes:

The Citizens have won 18 consecutive games in all competitions and have maintained their eight-point lead over Manchester United at the top of the Premier League standings as a result.

They come into the midweek clash on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Huddersfield, which required a late winner from Sterling to secure all three points for the visitors.

"We trained today and prepare mentally for Southampton. We are focused on what we have to do tomorrow evening," City manager Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

"Mauricio Pellegrino made an amazing job in Alaves last season with young players. We were together one or two seasons (at Barcelona) and it was an amazing experience.

"He was so curious about football always asking about tactics. I've not seen him for a long time."

Meanwhile, the Saints enjoyed a big boost to their confidence on Sunday when they thrashed Everton 4-1 at St Mary's. Austin netted a double for the hosts, while Steven Davis and Dusan Tadic also found the back of the net. The victory didn't come a moment too soon as Mauricio Pellegrino's side were winless in their previous three games, losing twice.

In terms of league standing, Southampton are in the middle of the pack, six points clear of the bottom three and eight adrift the European spots. 

The Saints held City to a draw in their last clash at the Etihad Stadium, and Pellegrino believes the opposition have weaknesses.

He told the press: "Nobody is unbeatable in football and in sport. Every single team has got problems, because yesterday Huddersfield were really close to getting something.

"We have to be on the top if we want to have any chance. Hopefully it could be a nice day for us."

Team news:

City's only long-term injury concern is left-back Benjamin Mendy, who is only likely to return in April next year. 

The Saints should have a full-strength squad from which to pick their matchday squad.

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