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Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Southampton

1:00 PM WAT 02/11/2018
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Manchester City will be without Kevin De Bruyhne once again when they host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

De Bruyne suffered a knee injury on Thursday evening and while the exact problem is yet to be determined Goal understands he will be out for at least a month.

Man City injuries

De Bruyne will undergo further tests on Friday to determine the extent of his latest injury but he will not feature against Southampton.

Ilkay Gundogan has been out of action for a month with a hamstring injury and he is doubtful for Sunday. Nicolas Otamendi is also doubtful with a minor tendon problem.

Claudio Bravo (Achilles) is a long-term absentee.

Man City suspensions

Neither side have any suspensions to contend with.

Man City potential starting line-up

Bernardo Silva appears most likely to deputise for De Bruyne in the midfield.

Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez were all rested for Thursday night's Carabao Cup win and are therefore likely to come back into the front three.

That is also the case for regular starters Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte in the defence.

Southampton team news

Mark Hughes will be hoping that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (illness) and Charlie Austin (knock) will be fit after they missed the 0-0 draw with Newcastle last weekend.

Opta match facts

  • Manchester City have won seven of their last nine Premier League meetings with Southampton, drawing one and losing one.
  • In all competitions, Southampton are winless in their last eight visits to the Etihad (D1 L7) since winning their first ever match at the ground (3-1 in April 2004).
  • Both of Man City’s wins against Southampton in the Premier League last season came courtesy of 90 th minute winning strikes – Raheem Sterling in the home game and Gabriel Jesus away.
  • Southampton have failed to score in their last five Premier League games – they have never failed to score in six consecutive top-flight games.
  • Man City are looking to keep a clean sheet in seven consecutive league games for the first time in their entire history.
  • Man City are unbeaten in all 19 Premier League matches when Aymeric Laporte has played (W17 D2 L0) – he has played more games without losing than any other player in the history of the competition, ending on the winning side in all 10 home games.
  • Man City goalkeeper Ederson has kept a clean sheet in each of his last six Premier League starts – the last goalkeeper to keep seven in a row was Edwin van der Sar in February 2009 (14 in a row).

TV coverage & kick-off time

Kick off is 3:00pm GMT (10:00am ET) on Sunday. The game will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom though it will be shown around the world on a number of local channels.