Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening

Manchester City host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in the first of two games on home soil in the run up to December’s Manchester derby.

City play the Saints on Wednesday night before welcoming West Ham on Sunday, and with United travelling to Watford and Arsenal in the same period it could be an important week in this season’s title race.

Pep Guardiola may rotate his squad for the two upcoming games, especially with two key players at risk of suspension ahead of the game at Old Trafford on December 10.


John Stones and Benjamin Mendy will both miss out through injury.

David Silva has been playing with a neck injury in recent weeks but is showing few, if any, outward effects.


Manchester City have no suspensions for the Southampton game but both Fernandinho and Leroy Sane are on four yellow cards, meaning another booking would rule them out of the next game.


Vincent Kompany could be rested for one of the next two games as City continue to manage his fitness. The captain returned at Leicester on November 18 but was left out of the following game against Feyenoord.

Partly thanks to injury and partly thanks to the fine form of his side, Guardiola has more or less settled upon something close to a first-choice XI in recent weeks, with only the identity of the central striker a mystery in the run…

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