Sports News of Sunday, 30 December 2018
Hello and welcome to our LIVE UPDATES of the Premier League clash between Southampton and Manchester City, where both sides are looking to bounce back from defeats last time out.
Southampton’s recent revival suffered a blip with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham on Thursday, while Manchester City suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City on Boxing Day and enter the game 10 points behind leaders Liverpool after the Reds thrashed Arsenal 5-1 yesterday.
Pep Guardiola also shakes things up after suffering three defeats in the last four league matches, handing starts to Kompany, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, David Silva and Mahrez. Stones and Sane drop to the bench, with Fabian Delph suspended. Kevin De Bruyne is also absent through injury, with Gundogan also not in the squad.
Ralph Hasenhuttl reshuffles his pack from the defeat to West Ham by making six changes, bringing in Stephens, Ramsey, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Hojbjerg and Austin. Redmond, Valery and Armstrong drop to the bench, while there is no spot in the squad for Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard and Danny Ings.
The two teams are heading onto the field ahead of their final match in 2018.
Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games against Southampton by an aggregate score of 12-2. They have never won five in a row against Saints in the Premier League.
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