- Pep Guardiola will shuffle his pack for the reception of Southampton after Manchester City were pushed all the way by Huddersfield on Sunday.
- Gabriel Jesus has not started City’s last two but will certainly lead the line on Wednesday, while Bernardo Silva should benefit with a start here.
- Kevin De Bruyne struggled against Huddersfield and Guardiola may rest the Belgian in midweek as a result.
- Vincent Kompany still needs to be managed carefully and he may be replaced in defence by Eliaquim Mangala.
- Danilo should also benefit from the hectic fixture list with his four league start of the campaign.
- Mario Lemina returned from injury at the end of Southampton’s 4-1 win over Everton on Sunday.
- Oriol Romeu is also available again after serving a one-match ban at the weekend, leaving Mauricio Pellegrino with a headache when picking his midfield.
- Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Steven Davis both impressed against Everton and will hope to start at the Etihad.
- Charlie Austin was on hand with a brace at the weekend but his involvement on Wednesday will depend on how quickly he can recover after barely playing this season.
Man City have won their last 11 matches (Premier League).
Man City have scored at least 3 goals in their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
Man City have been winning at both half time and full timein 8 of their last 9 home matches (Premier League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Man City‘s last 9 home games (Premier League).
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Southampton in all competitions.
Man City are undefeated in their last 7 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.
- Manchester City maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League at the weekend, while also gaining ground on Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham. Pep Guardiola’s side have now won their last 11 in the league and it’s safe to assume they are champions elect.
- Southampton turned in their best performance of the season when they thrashed a dismal Everton side 4-1 on Sunday but City are a completely different beast altogether, particularly at the Etihad. It’s hard to see Mauricio Pellegrino’s side taking any points home on Wednesday night.