BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini shouts orders to his team during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Villa Park on August 12, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Manchester City are probably going to beat Southampton pretty easily on Sunday. But maybe they won't!
Manchester City are dealing with some injuries and didn't look good when Chelsea had 11 men during the Community Shield, but they can probably manage to nab three points at home in their Premier League debut against Southampton. The Saints have plenty of talent and should have a decent shot of staying up, but their porous defense is likely to struggle at Eastlands.
Mario Balotelli is a doubt for City, while Joe Hart is expected to return from injury. Gareth Barry and Micah Richards are still out. Southampton's only injury doubt is Jack Cork, who wasn't a lock to start anyway.
Southampton have some decent midfield and attacking talent and could nick a goal, but it would be stunning to see them hold City at all. Hopefully for the neutrals, this match gets nice and open.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. ET
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
TV: FOX Soccer Channel (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)