anchester City are offered the chance to overtake Arsenal at the top of the Premier League today as an out-of-form Southampton visit the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s defending champions have dropped points just twice across all competitions so far this season and are riding a formidable five-match winning streak in which they have flexed their considerable goalscoring muscles, spearheaded by the incredible talent that is Erling Haaland.
Both Haaland and Phil Foden notched hat-tricks in a devastating 6-3 Manchester derby rout of United at the Etihad last weekend, before the former added a brace as FC Copenhagen were hit for five in the Champions League in midweek.
City will fancy their chances of performing a similar demolition job on Southampton and jumping above pacesetters Arsenal, who are not in action until hosting Liverpool in a huge clash on Sunday.
The Saints currently sit 16th and just a point above the relegation zone after winning only two of their first eight matches so far this term, losing three in a row to reportedly place manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on the brink once more. A heavy loss here could be all she wrote for the Austrian after almost four years in charge with fresh impetus needed
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester City vs Southampton is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off time on Saturday, October 8, 2022.
The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will host the match.
Where to watch Man City vs Southampton
TV channel and live stream: Due to ongoing blackout restrictions surrounding 3pm kick-offs in English football, Manchester City vs Southampton will not be broadcast live on these shores.
However, you can catch highlights as ever on Match of the Day, which starts on BBC One at 10:25pm BST on Saturday night.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Man City vs Southampton team news
Man City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Ake, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Haaland, Mahrez
Subs: Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Ortega, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand
Southampton XI: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Kotchap, Perraud, S. Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Aribo, A. Armstrong, Adams
Subs: McCarthy, Maitland-Niles, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Mara, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Larios, Walcott
Man City vs Southampton prediction
How on earth does one go about devising a gameplan to successfully thwart goal machine Haaland and the rest of City’s vast attacking riches?
The strength in depth available to Guardiola is frankly preposterous and it seems impossible to shut down all of their threats simultaneously, especially as an out-of-form team away from home with a manager on the brink of the sack.
City were actually fortunate to escape with a goalless draw from this fixture last September, but that surely won’t be the case this time around.