Southampton (4-4-1-1): Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Cork, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Mane, Tadic, Pelle
The high-flying Saints will now go on a daunting run of fixtures, starting with the visit of champions Manchester City at the Saint Mary’s on Sunday. Southampton have performed above all expectations this season as they sit second on the Premier League table, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea. Manager Ronald Koeman will also be buoyed by the fact that there aren’t many injury concerns in his squad, but for the visit of City will switch to a solid 4-4-1-1 instead of their usual 4-3-3, with Dusan Tadic supporting lone striker Graziano Pelle in attack.
Team 2 (4-2-3-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Fernando, Milner, Toure, Nasri, Aguero
Manchester City will want maximum points out of this match-up, as a win will leapfrog them to second above Southampton who currently sit two points above the Citizens. City will be buoyed by their 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in midweek, which gives them a fighting chance of qualifying for the next round when they face Roma in the last group game. They will, however, need to focus on the Saints, who are yet to lose at the Saint Mary’s this season, winning five out of their six home games. David Silva and Edin Dzeko are the two regulars most likely to miss the game with injuries, meaning in-form Sergio Aguero will continue leading the line.
The last time Man City won away to a team in stripes (Sunderland, Stoke, Southampton) is August 31, 2008. We need to end this damn jinx.
— FORTUNE (@Krayzee_fella) November 28, 2014
If Southampton beat Man City this weekend then I’ll really take them seriously… — Forest Hills Drive. (@antzhumbleent) November 28, 2014
A Chelsea win and a draw between Southampton V Man City would make a perfect weekend.
— Bruno (@BrunoKhanyile) November 27, 2014
Southampton may have not been flying as high, but the Saints also beat then champions Manchester City 3-1 at the Saint Mary’s back in the 2012-2013 season. Can it happen again?