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Pep Guardiola’s men still have a sizeable lead at the top of the Premier League despite losing to Man Utd last time around

Manchester City had 23 shots last time they lost 2-0 to Manchester United, most in a home game without a goal since March 2016 (26, including against Manchester United)

Southampton’s win at Sheffield United last time round ended a streak of nine league games without a win, of which Saints lost eight (D1)

Raheem Sterling of Man City was involved in 11 goals (7 goals, 4 assists) in 16 Premier League games against Southampton – only against West Ham (14) he had more goals in the competition

No player has been involved in more Premier League goals for Southampton this season than James Ward-Prowse (11-6 goals, 5 assists)

He has scored seven goals in all competitions so far this season, his best return together in a single season with Southampton

Manchester City’s loss to Manchester United last time ended with 28 unbeaten games and 21 straight wins in all competitions for the Citizens

It was also the first time since their 2-0 defeat by Spurs in November that they conceded more than once in a game

Manchester City have won each of their last 13 Premier League games on a Wednesday, the longest winning run that particular day of the week in the history of the competition

In fact, only on Saturdays between April 2017 and January 2018 did citizens win more consecutively on any given day in the Premier League (17)

Southampton have won their two Premier League games against leaders this season, beating Everton 2-0 in October and Liverpool 1-0 in January

The last team to beat three different league leaders in a single peak campaign were the Saints themselves, who beat Ipswich, Manchester United and Swansea in 1981-82

2 Walker-Peters, 19 Minamino, 23 Tella, 27 Diallo, 31 Ramsey, 40 Nlundulu, 44 Forster, 47 Ferry, 65 Watt

1 McCarthy; 3 Bertrand, 22 Salisu, 5 Stephens, 4 Vestergaard, 35 Bednarek; 11 Redmond, 17 Armstrong, 8 Ward-Prowse (c), 12 Djenepo; 10 Adams

5 stones, 7 sterling, 9 Jesus, 10 Aguero, 13 Steffen, 16 Rodri, 21 Torres, 22 Mendy, 27 Cancelo

31 Ederson; 2 walkers, 3 slides, 14 Laporte, 11 Zinchenko; 25 Fernandinho (C), 8 Gündogan; 26 Mahrez, 17 De Bruyne, 20 Silva; 47 Foden

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Gundogan is the top goal scorer and De Bruyne has received the most assists

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has asked his team to bring the game to the top of the Man City table

Before the game, Hasenhuttl told the press: “This is always the key to being competitive

“It’s important that you get rid of the pressure they sometimes put on you, like a boxer hanging on the ropes taking hit after hit

“You have to come out and let them go sometimes. We showed in the last game that we have good solutions behind the last line

“This is also an opportunity against them, to stretch them and create opportunities. We had chances against them in the last two games

“You have to have a perfect game as always, but there is no reason we shouldn’t believe in what we do””

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Man City manager Pep Guardiola said on the matchday schedule: “Our visitors arrive in Sheffield after a very good performance in their last game, a win that reminded everyone that they had one this season Point stood at the top”the Premier League table

“They have shown they have highly skilled players and we know their strength well after fighting so hard to get them in the second leg at St Beat Mary’s 1-0”

“Of course we will enter the competition after seeing our big wins in the Manchester derby come to an end on Sunday

“These players want to go again and start another incredible run It’s how they think and why they are such top professionals”

It was Walker to the rescue the last time we hosted the Saints! 🙌🔷 #ManCity | https: // tco / axa0klD5re picTwittercom / ppxg7OUkE0

Man City sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League

despite their 2-0 loss to rivals Man Utd last weekend

Southampton, on the other hand, scored their first win in ten league games against Sheffield

last weekend

Manchester City have won seven of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton and lost the other

Southampton have lost eight of their last nine away games in the Premier League to Man City (D1) The only win at Etihad was the first visit to the stadium (3-1 in April 2004)

Pep Guardiola’s side will try to recover from the disappointing derby loss to rivals Man Utd last weekend

Despite the end of the 21-game winning streak, Pep’s side remains 11 points ahead at the top of the Premier League

Southampton, on the other hand, celebrated its first win in ten league games against Chris Wilder’s falling Sheffield United

James Ward-Prowse and striker Che Adams finished on Bramall Lane – and Adams scored an absolute belter!

The Saints sit seven points from the drop zone and don’t have the best record when traveling to Etihad

In terms of team news, Pep could have a full-fledged roster to choose from as Nathan Ake, signed on this summer, is returning after an injury

And we saw a highly twisted Man City squad with several changes from the team that lost over the weekend

Sergio Aguero didn’t have many minutes this season and tonight could be a good opportunity for the Argentine to catch up

Southampton could do without key man Danny Ings, who hobbled away from beating Sheffield at the weekend

People like Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, Michael Obafemi and William Smallbone will miss the saints due to injury

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