Guardiola expecting difficult game against Mark Hughes' side
Manchester City vs Southampton
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 3.00pm, Sunday 4th November 2018
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Lee Mason Assistants: M Perry, N Davies Fourth Official: C Kavanagh
Odds: City 1/9, Draw 9/1, Southampton 28/1
Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com
TV: Match of the Day (highlights)
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus
Injured: De Bruyne, Mangala
Doubtful: Otamendi, Gundogan
Form guide: DWWWW
Manager: Mark Hughes
Squad (from): McCarthy, Gunn, Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Jones, Targett, Bednarek, Valery, Davis, Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Lemina, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings, AUstin, Gabbiadini
Form guide: LDLDD
Kevin De Bruyne misses out after suffering a knee ligament injury during the Carabao Cup victory against Fulham, whilst Nicolas Otamendi and Ilkay Gundogan are doubtful.
Southampton have no injury worries of their own to contend with, and Pep Guardiola is expecting a difficult game against Mark Hughes' side.
He said: "I'm impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.
"They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.
"It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.
"They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points."
City's last home game against Southampton at The Etihad ended in a 2-1 victory, with Raheem Sterling netting a dramatic late winner for the Blues. Overall City have won 32 of the 88 games played against the Saints, with 25 draws and 31 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero
Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Southampton 1