[Image] Predicted 4-4-2 Southampton XI to face Manchester City – Can the Saints rescue a point at Etihad?

Mark Hughes

Predicted Southampton line-up to face Manchester City in the Premier League

Southampton shared the spoils with Newcastle United last weekend but the Saints might not be so fortunate when they come up against league leaders Manchester City in this weekend’s clash. Mark Hughes’ men are lingering just above the relegation zone and are in dire need of points.

Guardiola’s Manchester City, on the other hand, are yet to concede in 6 games and are unbeaten as well. The Saints will definitely need to turn up or it could end in a disastrous fashion for the South Coast club.

Team News

Charlie Austin and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are both out and will be unavailable for this game. Apart from that, Hughes has no major injury concerns in the squad. The Saints have also received a week’s rest after their clash against Leicester City was postponed for a later date.

Southampton predicted XI

Manager: Mark Hughes

Formation: 4-4-2

Alex McCarthy (GK)

McCarthy will keep his place in goal despite Southampton’s poor form. He has been impressive though.

Cedric Soares (RB)

Soares has failed to make much of an impact over the last few weeks and will need to step up against the Champions.

Jack Stephens (CB)

Stephens should continue in central defence after showing signs of consistency in his displays.

Wesley Hoedt (CB)

Hoedt could partner Stephens at the back since they have looked like the most stable backline partnership for the Saints.

Ryan Bertrand (LB)

Bertrand will surely pose threats down the left flank with his surges up and down.

Ryan Bertrand

Nathan Redmond (RM)

Redmond needs to show more efficiency and awareness in the final third.

Oriol Romey (RCM)

Romeu will definitely have his work cut out for him coming up against a fluid and cohesive Manchester City attack.

Mario Lemina (LCM)

Lemina has done well at times but the midfielder definitely isn’t doing enough to keep his team up.

Mohamed Elyounoussi (LM)

The new signing hasn’t settled completely into the league and needs more time. However, he could find himself in the starting XI.

Danny Ings (ST)

Ings is their top scorer in the league this season and he should definitely start this game.

Danny Ings

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Shane Long (ST)

With Austin’s presence doubtful, Long must take his place up front and partner Ings.

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