Five key battles that will decide Man City vs. Southampton
Both Manchester City and Southampton can be relatively happy with their seasons, on the whole, so far with the fortunes having been favourable.
Recently the runs of both teams have taken a rather unexpected turn. City have now failed to win in four games heading into the match game with the Saints with the most recent defeat being a drubbing by Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening.
Claude Puel on the other hand has finally found his feet at St. Mary’s Stadium having taken over the reigns from Ronald Koeman, who departed for Everton. The team has been rebuilt under the Frenchman and with a new identity, they have once again managed to maintain solidity on the south coast.
Although both teams are in the top half of the table their aspirations are very different, but it certainly looks set to be a closely contested battle between the pair. Here are some key battles ahead of this clash at the Etihad Stadium…