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    Match Pack: Saints vs Man City

    Southampton are back in Premier League action against Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. Get ready for the game with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…

    THE MATCH

    Southampton vs Man City
    St Mary’s Stadium
    Sunday 5th July, 7pm BST

    THE OFFICIALS

    Referee: Andre Mariner
    Assistants: Simon long, Harry Lennard
    Fourth official: Keith Stroud
    VAR: Andy Madley
    Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

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    HOW TO WATCH

    Sunday’s showdown will be shown live on BBC One (101), with the match also available on BBC One HD (115).

    The television cameras will be at St Mary’s on Sunday (Photo: Matt Watson)

    WHAT’S AT STAKE?

    Both sides will head into the match off the back of impressive victories, with Saints returning home after a 3-1 win at Watford and Man City heading south following a 4-0 demolition of newly crowned champions Liverpool.

    Having reached the sought after 40-point mark at Vicarage Road last weekend, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will now look to continue their ascent up the table while addressing their troublesome home form.

    For City, they’ll be looking to finish their remaining games strongly in order to build some momentum heading into next season, where they’ll bid to take back their Premier League crown.

    TEAM NEWS

    Saints will be boosted by the return of both Moussa Djenepo and Jack Stephens from suspension.

    The latter’s availability may prove to be important as the manager confirmed Jannik Vestergaard will be absent due to a muscle injury.

    Yan Valery and Nathan Tella are also set to miss out, joining Sofiane Boufal and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg on the sidelines.

    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Moussa Djenepo during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on July 01, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

    Moussa Djenepo is available for the first time since games resumed (Photo: Matt Watson)

    For the visitors, Sergio Agüero is the only injury absentee, although Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his squad after Thursday’s top of the table clash with Liverpool.

    FORM GUIDE

    Southampton:

    Watford (a) 3-1 (Ings 2, Ward-Prowse)
    Arsenal (h) 0-2
    Norwich City (a) 3-0 (Ings, Armstrong, Redmond)
    Newcastle United (h) 0-1
    West Ham (a) 1-3 (Obafemi)

    Man City:

    Liverpool (h) 4-0 (De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden, Oxlade Chamberlain OG)
    Newcastle United (a) 2-0 (De Bruyne, Sterling) FA Cup
    Chelsea (a) 1-2 (De Bruyne)
    Burnley (h) 5-0 (Foden 2, Mahrez 2, Silva)
    Arsenal (h) 3-0 (Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden)

    THE MANAGERS

    Ralph Hasenhüttl: “Fear is not a good partner – you need to have bravery and respect, yes, but also belief in what you’re doing.

    “Even then, it’s about knowing that you have to invest more than the opponent does. If you run the same, sprint the same and fight the same, you will be second.

    “If you do it more than the opponent, you have a chance to get a surprising result.”

    Pep Guardiola: To follow.

    ONES TO WATCH

    Danny Ings: With a nomination for Premier League Player of the Month, it’s impossible to look past Ings this weekend.

    With three goals in as many matches since the restart, the striker has played a pivotal role in helping Saints to two victories from their three matches so far.

    Just one goal behind Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Golden Boot, Ings will be hunting for more success in front of goal on Sunday.

    Kevin De Bruyne: Always a top performer for City, the Belgian has carried on where he left off following the restart.

    With four goals in five matches and a string of impressive performances, De Bruyne will be the key man for Saints to track.

    TOP PERFORMERS

    Southampton:

    Goals:
    Danny Ings 21
    Nathan Redmond 5
    James Ward-Prowse 5

    Assists:
    James Ward-Prowse 5
    Ché Adams 4
    Shane Long 4

    Man City:

    Goals:
    Sergio Agüero 23
    Raheem Sterling 23
    Gabriel Jesus 18

    Assists:
    Kevin De Bruyne 20
    Riyad Mahrez 15
    Gabriel Jesus 11

    HEAD TO HEAD

    Played 92
    Saints 31
    Draw 25
    Man City 36

    LAST FIVE MEETINGS

    November 2019: Man City 2-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
    October 2019: Man City 3-1 Saints (Stephens) Carabao Cup
    December 2018: Saints 1-3 Man City (Højbjerg)
    November 2018: Man City 6-1 Saints (Ings)
    May 2018: Saints 0-1 Man City

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton FC at Etihad Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

    James Ward-Prowse netted the opener in the reverse fixture (Photo: Matt Watson)

    DID YOU KNOW?

    – None of Southampton’s last 12 Premier League games have ended level, with Saints winning six and losing six. Just four of Southampton’s Premier League games have ended level this season, the fewest of any side outside the top two.

    – Southampton’s Danny Ings has scored the opening goal in eight different Premier League games this season, more than any other player.

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