Manchester City vs Southampton preview: Kyle Walker ruled out after surgery on groin injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 07 October 2022 15:38

Manchester City vs Southampton preview: Kyle Walker ruled out after surgery on groin injuryEngland international joins John Stones and Kalvin Phillips on the sidelines

Manchester City vs Southampton

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 8th October 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Andrew Madley Assistants: D Eaton, S Meredith Fourth Official: R Jones VAR: L Mason

Odds: Man City 1/9, Draw 9/1, Southampton 20/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: Stones, Phillips, Walker

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW


Manager: Ralph Hasenhüttl

Squad (from): McCarthy, Caballero, Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Perraud, Salisu, Larius, Bella-Kotchap, Maitland-Niles, Aribo, Ward-Prowse, S Armstrong, Djenepo, Elyounoussi, Diallo, A Armstrong, Adams, Mara, Edozie, Walcott

Injured: Livramento, Lavia

Doubtful: Larios, A Armstrong

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLLL

Kyle Walker joins John Stones and Kalvin Phillips on the sidelines for the visit of Southampton tomorrow. The England full-back sustained a groin injury during the Manchester derby, and underwent surgery this week. He is expected to be out for a number of weeks.

The 6-3 annihilation of United leaves City in second place, just one point behind Arsenal, and Guardiola was asked if it was his side's work ethic was the main reason for their positive start to the season.

“One of them. Not the only one, but it’s one of them. Every player has things they need to do every single day. But I will tell you a secret, the main thing is the quality of the players.

“When you make back-to-back Premier Leagues always there is a question about work ethos. But there is no time to reflect. Every three days we have a game.

“We have the ability to forget immediately what we have done, good or bad. Now we face Southampton and since Ralph was the manager we have struggled to control the games. Last season we were not able to beat them in the Premier League.”

“[They are] a brave team. So aggressive and well organised. It doesn't matter what happened in last games, they have a culture that I like a lot without the ball. We need to create a good rhythm. It’s important fixture for us and we want to get another three points.

“We don't have time to be distracted, today we prepare and then we play. Then we travel again and play another one. The players and backroom staff are just focused on what we have to do."

City drew their last game against Southampton at The Etihad 0-0. Overall City have won 39 of the 98 games played against the Saints, with 27 draws and 32 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden, Haaland

Score prediction: City 3 Soutthampton 1