Manchester City vs Southampton, LIVE score – Raheem Sterling and Co look to remain Premier League leaders with win at Etihad Stadium
- Kevin de Bruyne has been ruled out for Manchester City for up to six weeks
- Nicolas Otamendi is out and there are doubts over fitness of Ilkay Gundogan
- Southampton have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the trip to the Etihad
- Pep Guardiola says Southampton have strong side and is surprised at struggles
Manchester City will attempt to regain their place at the top of the Premier League against Southampton at the Etihad.
Pep Guardiola is without Kevin de Bruyne and Nicolas Otamendi, with Ilkay Gundogan also a doubt for Sunday’s 15:00pm kick off.
Mark Hughes is returning to his old stomping ground with a squad untroubled by injury but struggling in the league, hovering just two points above the relegation zone.
City are heavy favourites and there is an added incentive for Sergio Aguero as he can become the ninth player to net 150 Premier League goals if he hits the target this afternoon.
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PREVIEW: Guardiola surprised by Saints form
Pep Guardiola is surprised Southampton have struggled to find a spark this season.
Guardiola’s Manchester City, the champions, face Saints in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Mark Hughes’ side have collected just seven points from their opening 10 games – 19 fewer than City – but Guardiola does not think that tally does them justice.
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Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Sane
Substitutes: Danilo, Kompany, Delph, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Muric
Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Long, Ings
Substitutes: Yoshida, Vestergaard, Austin, Elyounoussi, Armstrong, Gunn, Obafemi
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
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City XI | Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Silva (C), Sane, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero
Subs | Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Delph, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
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PREVIEW: Guardiola insists his team isn’t dirty
Pep Guardiola’s transformation from the king of tiki-taka to defensive master will be completed if Manchester City keep a club record seventh consecutive Premier League clean sheet against Southampton on Sunday.
City have conceded only three goals in 10 matches so far this season, a record that compares favourably to the league’s best-ever defensive side, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea who let in 15 goals in 2004/05.
It also shatters Guardiola’s image as a naive coach who only concentrates on attack, something he regards as long overdue.
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Manchester City have confirmed that they will be without Kevin De Bruyne for today’s clash with Southampton.
The reigning Premier League champions confirmed that the midfielder has suffered knee ligament damage for a second time this season and could be out for six weeks.
It’s disappointing news for the Belgium international but City coped very well without him up until now and you wouldn’t think they’d lack creativity with David Silva and Bernardo Silva in the side.
More team news is coming soon.
Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United
Cardiff 0-1 Leicester
Everton 3-1 Brighton
Newcastle 1-0 Watford
West Ham 4-2 Burnley
Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
Wolves 2-3 Tottenham
Manchester City v Southampton (3pm)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Huddersfield v Fulham (8pm)
It’s a double-header this Sunday with just two Premier League fixtures being played today.
Manchester City kick things off against Southampton at the Etihad in the 3pm kick off, which could see Pep Guardiola’s men regain top spot with at least a draw against the Saints.
Meanwhile, kicking off an hour later, Chelsea will entertain Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge as Maurizio Sarri’s side keen to keep within touching distance of City.
Stick with us here at Sportsmail so you don’t miss any of the live action for the first of this afternoon’s games.
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