Manchester City vs Southampton preview: Stones and Laporte miss out through injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 17 September 2021 14:02

Manchester City vs Southampton preview: Stones and Laporte miss out through injuryNathan Ake will deputise despite the sad passing of his father earlier in the week

Manchester City vs Southampton

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00 pm, Saturday 18th September 2021

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: M Perry, T Wood Fourth Official: P Bankes VAR: A Marriner

Odds: City 1/8, Draw 8/1, Southampton 16/1

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Carson, Slicker, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: Steffen

Doubtful: Stones, Laporte, Delap

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: LWWWW


Manager: Daniel Farke

Squad (from): McCarthy, Lewis, Forster, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Perraud, Small, Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Valery, Romeo, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Djenepo, Smallbone, Tella, Elyounoussi, Diallo, Long, Armstrong, Adams, Walcott

Injured: Armstrong

Doubtful: Walcott, Smallbone

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDWDD

City will be without defensive duo John Stones and Aymeric Laporte for the visit of Southampton, Pep Guardiola confirmed at Friday's press conference. The pair missed the midweek game against RB Leipzig, and are expected to be out for at least ten days. Nathan Ake will continue to deputise, despite sadly losing his father earlier in the week.

“[They are] injured. [It’s] muscular,” said Guardiola.

“John Stones didn't play with us and then played 90 mins with national team and came back injured and Laporte came back with a little disturbance, some niggles.

“He wanted to play against Leicester, made an extraordinary game, but after his niggles were worse and we did not want to take a risk.

“I don't know [if they will play] against Wycombe or Chelsea but hopefully they can be ready after.”

City won their last home league game against Southampton 5-2, with Kevin De Bruyne (2), Riyad Mahrez (2) and Ilkay Gundogan scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 38 of the 95 games played against the Saints, with 25 draws and 32 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling, Foden, Jesus

Score prediction: City 3 Southampton 1