Southampton vs Manchester City Match Preview
Fourth placed Man City face a tough task against ClaudePuel’s men, who have been in good from lately. Southampton who are placed 9th on the table, have been unbeaten for their last 3 games and have 2 games in hand would be eyeing 3 points at home. Guardiola’s men on the other hand have been inconsistent securing only one win in their last 3 games.
Date: April 15 2017
Time: 17:30 GMT, 12:30 ET, 22:00 IST
TV Broadcast: BT Sport 1, Star sports HD, NBC
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
Steven Davies, Matt Targett, Virgil Van Dijk, Charlie Austin and Alex McCarthy would all be unavaible for the Saints. Oriol Romeu would also be out serving his two game ban. Puel could name an unchanged lineup.
For Manchester City fabian Delph would be sitting out inspite scoring in the last game against Hull as Fernandinho might make a return to the playing XI. Kevin de Bruyne and Vicent Kompanny would also be in the team. Claudio Bravo has also retained his place under the bar for this fixture.
Manchester City has repeatedly failed playing against high pressing opponents. So Puel would be looking to use Redmond, to use his burst of pace to exploit city’sweakest position in defence,the right flank.
Pep would try to counter this by playing Fernandinho as a deep lying midfielder to cut passing lanes and Silva and De Bruyne to press the Saints midfield duo of Clasie and Hojberg, thus preventing their midfield from getting comfortable on the ball. The winner of this tactical battle at the centre of the park would determine the result of the match.
Southampton(Formation 4-2-3-1): Forster, Cedric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Clasie, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Long. Form(Last 5 league games) Southampton: WLDWW
Man City(Formation 4-1-4-1): Bravo, Navas, Stones, Kompany, Clichy; De Bruyne, Delph, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane. Form(Last 5 league games) Man City:DDDLW