Manchester City Vs. Southampton: Lineups

Time for the defending champions to kick off their first match of the season. Manchester City host newly-promoted Southampton in their first competitive match since that goal by Sergio Aguero, and you wouldn't really expect them to have too much difficulty with the Saints here. The visitors have contrived to leave their two best players in Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis on the bench, which seems dangerous, while Roberto Mancini looks like he's abandoning the 3-5-2 he's been playing with in preseason.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-4-2): Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; David Silva, Jack Rodwell, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri; Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez.

Substitutes from: Costel Pantilimon, James Milner, Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefan Savic, Nigel de Jong, Mario Balotelli.

Southampton starting lineup (4-5-1): Kelvin Davis; Danny Fox, Jos Hooiveld, Jose Fonte, Nathanial Clyne; Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin, Guly do Prado, James Ward-Prowse, Jason Puncheon; Jay Rodriguez.

Substitutes from: Paulo Gazzaniga, Rickie Lambert, Steven Davis, Billy Sharp, Frazer Richardson, Luke Shaw, Danny Seaborne.

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