first_imgMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, MANGALA, KOLAROV, TOURE, FERNANDO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING, AGUEROSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)LONG, TADIC, S. DAVIS, LONG, CLASIE, WANYAMA, BERTRAND, FONTE, VAN DIJK, SOARES, STEKELNBURGManchester City wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League when they were thrashed 4-1 at home to Liverpool last weekend. It was only the second time City have conceded four goals or more at the Etihad – the other was a 4-2 League Cup third round home defeat after extra time against Aston Villa in 2012.It was also City’s heaviest home defeat in the Premier League in 12 years – when they were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal at Maine Road in February 2003.Interestingly, no fewer than eight of the 13 goals conceded by City this season have come in two games – last weekend’s defeat by Liverpool and another 4-1 rout, at Tottenham in September.However, City’s Joe Hart has kept more clean sheets – seven – than any other Premier League goalkeeper.City, who can return to the top, have a good recent home record in the Premier League against Southampton, winning the last four while scoring 11 goals. Saints last won there in April 2004, one of only three PL victories at City in 11 visits. City have won six and drawn two.On Wednesday, City went to Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League and lost 1-0. City were without David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony in Italy and are unlikely to have any of them back for this game.last_img

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