How Southampton must line up when they host Man City on Sunday
Southampton host the Premier League champions Manchester City on the final day of the season at St Mary’s on Sunday knowing that they are all-but safe from relegation.
Saints recorded a crucial 1-0 win against 18th-place Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium to move three points clear of the drop zone, and Huddersfield Town’s draw at Chelsea on Wednesday means that it is now between the south coast outfit and the Welsh club to see who will go down this weekend.
It will take a 10-goal swing for that to happen though as Carlos Carvalhal’s men welcome already-relegated Stoke City to south Wales knowing they have a significantly inferior goal difference, and they will have to hope that as well as dishing out a thrashing themselves, that Pep Guardiola’s side are also on top form.
However, Manolo Gabbiadini’s winner in midweek means that Saints have now taken eight points from the last 12 available to move to within touching distance of survival, and they should be confident of picking up a positive result against the Citizens.
Mark Hughes made two changes from the XI that drew at Everton for the visit to Swansea as Jack Stephens came in for the suspended Maya Yoshida and Nathan Redmond replaced the injured Mario Lemina, and he may be considering making more alterations in what could be the final appearance for the club for some individuals.
Here is how Southampton must line up against Man City, ahead of Alex McCarthy in goal…