Manchester City have the chance to close the gap on league leaders Manchester United, if only for a day, with their rivals not playing until Sunday.
Despite the return of Yaya Toure from African Cup of Nations duty, this will be a tough test for Roberto Mancini’s side.
In the short spell since taking over from Nigel Adkins, Mauricio Pochettino has impressed – picking up points against Everton and Wigan, and narrowly losing at Old Trafford. However, the Argentine remains without a win – how he would love to get it against the Champions.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Manchester City 3 (Tevez, Dzeko, Nasri)) Southampton 2 (Lambert, Davis), Premier League, August 2012
Manchester City 3 (Vassell, Barton, Beasley) Southampton 1 (Jones), FA Cup, January 2007
Manchester City 2 (Bosvelt, Wright-Phillips) Southampton 1 (Phillips), Premier League, January 2005
Southampton have won just one of their last nine home league matches against Manchester City – losing five of them.
The Saints have thrown away 24 points from leading positions this season – more than any other side.
A failure to win for City would make it the first time since March-April last year that they’ve gone three league matches without a win. They’ve drawn the last two.
Southampton to win: 6
Manchester City to win: 1.68
TV: Live on ESPN at 5.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm.