Manchester City will be hoping to have made a significant dent in their cross-city rivals' lead at the top of the Premier League by the end of this weekend. United have the distraction of the midweek meeting with Real Madrid and are likely to rest players, whereas City should be far stronger than in recent weeks, with Vincent Kompany and Yaya Touré decent bets to start against Southampton. Mauricio Pochettino has injury concerns over his full-backs but could hand Adam Lallana a first start since December. James Callow

Venue St Mary's, 5.30pm Saturday

Tickets £38-48 (02381 780780)

Last season N/A

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season's matches 18 Y71, R1, 4.00 cards per game

Odds Southampton 5-1 Man City 4-6 Draw 16-5

Southampton

Subs from K Davis, Gazzaniga, Richardson, Forren, Ward-Prowse, Chaplow, S Davis, Do Prado, Lee

Doubtful Lallana (match fitness), Shaw (knee), Clyne (leg)

Injured Fonte (knee, 24 Feb)

Suspended None

Form guide DLDDWD

Disciplinary record Y25 R0

Leading scorer Lambert 11

Manchester City

Subs from Nielsen, Pantilimon, Lescott, K Touré, Sinclair, Kolarov, García, Nasri, Rodwell, Dzeko

Doubtful Kompany (calf)

Injured Richards (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Form guide DDWWWW

Disciplinary record Y40 R3

Leading scorer Dzeko 11

Match pointers

• Saints have dropped more points from winning positions in the top flight than any other team this season (24)

• Edin Dzeko has scored five goals in his past six Premier League appearances

• Morgan Schneiderlin has made more interceptions (84) and tackles (99) than any top?flight player this season

• Southampton have won none of their games against teams currently in the top half of the Premier League table

• City have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight (65)


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