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Premier League

  • August 19, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 46190

Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Southampton

Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Southampton

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Roberto Mancini's men will look to hit the ground running in their defense of the title against the newly-promoted Saints, who finished as runners-up in the second tier.



Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Yaya Toure, De Jong
Silva, Tevez, Nasri

K Davis
Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox
Guly, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana
Rodriguez, Lambert

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Manchester City starts its first Premier League season as champion but could have both Joe Hart and Mario Balotelli out injured, with the duo missing the international friendly between England and Italy midweek. Hart could return after a back injury but Costel Pantilimon is ready to deputize, while Balotelli is less likely to feature after conjunctivitis.

Gareth Barry and Micah Richards will not play due to respective hernia and foot injuries but City's strength in depth will allow it to field a strong XI nevertheless.

Southampton starts its first Premier League campaign since its relegation with a first meeting between the pair in the higher echelons in five years.

Jack Cork will not feature after sustaining an ankle injury in the club's final preseason friendly but Nigel Adkins looks set to hand competitive team debuts to Nathaniel Clyne, Steven Davis and Jay Rodriguez, who signed from Crystal Palace, Rangers and Burnley respectively.

The Saints are in discussions with Gaston Ramirez, of Bologna, but will not complete the deal in time for him to feature.

  • Manchester City dropped just two points at the Etihad Stadium last season.
  • It is on a run of 29 Premier League home games undefeated, with 27 of those wins.
  • It is a clash of the goalscoring titans. City top scored in the Premier League with 93 goals; Nigel Adkins' (right) men scored the most in the Championship with 85.
  • Southampton could struggle to win this match on the basis that only one newly promoted side - Blackpool - has won its opening game in the last three seasons.
  • However, the last 16 Premier League fixtures between these two has seen the away side victors on seven occasions, while the home side have won only four.
  • The last match between the pair in the top flight was five years ago.


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1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
25Daniel SeaborneDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
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