Here is the latest form and team news from Southampton and Manchester City.
Three straight losses in the league put a halt to a 7-match unbeaten run by the Saints, in which they won 5 and drew 2 in all competitions. Those 3 losses have been devastating, as they have been unable to find their scoring boots, scoring only twice and conceding 8 goals.
Either way, Southampton have improved remarkably this season, winning against Tottenham and managing draws against both Manchester clubs. They sit 10th in the league with 35 points and have scored 39 goals and conceded 45. Perhaps their major challenge this season has been in defense, and that is one area Manchester City will hope to exploit them.
For their team news, The Saints will be without Alex Lyanco and Nathan Tella, who are out with hamstring and groin injuries, respectively.
Pep Guardiola will be incensed by his team’s inability to score against Crystal Palace, where they dropped two points and blew the title race open. They have now gone two games without a goal, the first being against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. City failing to score in a game is an unlikely phenomenon, and the last time it happened was in a loss to Crystal Palace in October.
City brushed Peterborough aside in the last round and will hope to keep their treble dreams alive as they visit Southampton. Their last meeting ended in a draw, and with City failing to find the net in 2 consecutive games, they will be in a murderous mood from the outset. With the abundance of attacking talent at their disposal, scoring goals should not be a problem for Guardiola’s team.
For injuries and suspensions, City will be without talismanic defender Ruben Dias who is injured, and Benjamin Mendy, who has long been suspended.