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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
09:00 23rd May 2015

PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Southampton

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Southampton will be looking to end an excellent season with victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Saints’ final league fixture of the season sees them come up against last season’s Barclays Premier League champions, who will definitely finish this campaign in second.

Both sides head into the game on the back of excellent wins last weekend. Saints proved too strong for Aston Villa, scoring six in front of the home fans for the final time in a 6-1 win against Tim Sherwood’s side.

City’s win against Swansea City last weekend assured Saints of a seventh-placed finish at worst heading into the final game of the season. 

Two from Yaya Toure and strikes from James Milner and Wilfried Bony sealed a 4-2 win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side at the Liberty Stadium.

A win for Saints could see them finish as high as fifth, depending on how Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur get on in their games on the final day of the campaign.

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Ronald Koeman says Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dušan Tadić will miss the game at the Etihad. Kelvin Davis is expected to return in goal for his 300th appearance for Saints.

City are likely to be without Fernando and Samir Nasri through injury.

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After winning the Premier League last season, Manchester City were hoping to retain their title this time around. But Manuel Pellegrini’s side have struggled to keep up with eventual champions Chelsea throughout.

A poor start to the campaign was eradicated thanks to a run of 12 games without defeat in the Premier League between November and January.

That put them within touching distance of Chelsea, but defeats to Burnley, Liverpool and Crystal Palace saw them lose too much ground in the race for the title.

Since defeat to Manchester United, City have won all five of their Premier League games to assure them of second place heading into the final game of the season.

Sergio Aguero has been the club’s key man this season, scoring 31 goals in all competitions, while Yaya Toure and David Silva have contributed 12 goals each.

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Ronald Koeman said: “They are professionals. They play at home and they like to finish in a good way their season. It’s a tough one, a strong team and good individual players. But we believe in ourselves that we can get a good result on Sunday.”

Manuel Pellegrini said: “Second is finished but the season isn’t. We must try to win for our fans, to play well and to give a good farewell to the season.

“We will keep the team that played the last game because we must try to keep the same performance that we did in the last game.”

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Chris Foy will be in the man in the middle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when Saints meet Manchester City.

The 52 year-old has overseen 22 games so far this season across the Premier League and Football League, handing out 82 yellow cards and eight reds.

Foy has taken charge of two Saints games this season; the 4-0 win against Newcastle United and the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup.

Man City had Foy in charge of their wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle United earlier this season.

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If you aren’t able to make it to the game at the Etihad Stadium don’t forget to follow the club’s official channels on social media, with full updates on Twitter and goal updates on Facebook.

You can also listen to commentary by subscribing to Saints Player, while there will also be a live blog running on saintsfc.co.uk throughout the game.

Stay tuned to the official website and the club’s YouTube channel for reaction to the game.

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