A hot Manchester City take on a struggling Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Erling Haaland’s goal machine all the focus.
Haaland scored 14 Premier League goals in the first eight matches of the competition and has already set numerous records. including becoming the first player to score hat-tricks in three successive Premier League home matches.. The incredible depth of Pep Guardiola’s team has been on full display in recent weeks, but Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne are indispensable as City are the only Premier League team to remain undefeated this season so far.
Southampton are struggling after three defeats in a row to young team Ralf Hasenhüttl and scoring goals is not easy. After a run of four losses (all by one goal) in their last five matches, their Austrian manager is under pressure as many believe his time at St Mary’s is running out. A heavy defeat here will cause the level of confidence to drop further.
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City are looking unstoppable right now, with Haaland and De Bruyne tearing teams apart. Not to mention, Guardiola has a lot of incredible players to change and look more hungry than ever to show everyone how good they are. After the defeat of Manchester United 6:3 Guardiola’s only concern at home last weekend was that they were off late to score a few goals. However, City were hardly in second gear at the time and could have scored at least 10 goals against their bitter rivals. Southampton have the youngest squad in the Premier League and it shows. This season has had its ups and downs, and they have lost four goals by one goal difference in the last five. There’s nothing wrong with that (apart from the fact that they don’t have a better striker), but after this game at City they need some big wins to stem the rising tide of dissent with Hasenhüttl. One odd fact: The Saints drew home and away against Man City in the Premier League last season.
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In fact, the entire City team is in great shape, but Haaland, De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish look incredible, and Manuel Akanji fits easily into the center of defense. Southampton’s best player this season has been Armel Bella-Kotchap, followed by Romeo Lavia (bought this summer from Manchester City), but the latter is still injured. Joe Aribo has quietly pocketed a pair and is doing his best to keep their attack going.
Manchester City team news, injuries, squad options
John Stones, Kyle Walker and Calvin Phillips were uninjured, while Rodri did not take risks in the Manchester derby. All of this means that Akanji and Ake can start back in central defense as they alternate with Laporte and Dias. Players like Julián Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez could also see a few minutes this weekend after both scoring in the Champions League midweek.
Southampton team news, injuries, squad options
Lavia is close to making a comeback and Tino Livramento is recovering from a longtime knee injury. Hasenhüttl could switch to five defenders this game as he knows a beating could bring him one step closer to being fired.
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