Manchester City v Southampton

Manchester City will be hoping to end a poor run of form with a win over an in-form Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

City are the Premier League leaders with 19 points from their opening eight games but come into this tie without a win in their last four games, having lost their first league match against Spurs before a 1-1 draw with Everton and a 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Saints were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Inter Milan in their European tie having beaten Burnley 3-1 in their last league tie that followed a win and two draws, leaving them in a respectiable eighth place with 12 points.

Ahead of this game, City boss Pep Guardiola said: "I’m thinking about Saints. I watched the Inter [Milan] game – Saints played amazing. It will be tough, but of course we need to win again."

Puel, meanwhile, added: "I managed against Pep early in his career and he has not changed his philosophy. But for us it is important to play our football and I think we can have a good game."

Pablo Zabaleta misses this clash with a foot injury along with fellow right-back Bacary Sagna who is hamstrung. 

Shane Long (hamstring) is unavailable for Southampton, while there will be late fitness tests for full-backs Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett (both hamstring) and Cedric Soares (foot).

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