Manchester City vs. Southampton: Preview and TV schedule

Bryn Lennon

Manchester City will look to provisionally cut their deficit to league leaders Liverpool in Saturday's early clash with Southampton.

Manchester City sit third heading into the weekend, but with two games in hand on both league leaders Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea, the Premier League standings are deceptive. Should City win both of their games in hand, they'd move at least a couple of points clear at the top. However, Southampton will look to throw a spanner in the works with their visit to the Etihad in Saturday's early kickoff.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have been consistently inconsistent so far this season, and are currently down in eighth place with pretty much nothing to play for over the final few games of the campaign. However, their 4-0 win over Newcastle United last time out serves as a warning against complacency for the Citizens, who were held to a draw in the reverse fixture at St. Mary's.

For this match, the hosts will certainly still be without young defender Matija Nastasić, while Micah Richards and Sergio Agüero are both in doubt. Southampton are expected to be missing Nathaniel Clyne, Kelvin Davies and Maya Yoshida through injury, though midfielder Victor Wanyama could return.

Manchester City injuries and suspensions

Out: Matija Nastasić (knee). In doubt: Micah Richards (knee), Sergio Agüero (hamstring).

Southampton injuries and suspensions

Out: Nathaniel Clyne (groin), Kelvin Davis (hip), Maya Yoshida (knee). In doubt: Victor Wanyama (leg).

Projected lineups

Manchester City: Joe Hart; Gaël Clichy, Martín Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; Yaya Touré, Fernandinho; Samir Nasri, David Silva, Jesús Navas; Edin Džeko.

Southampton: Artur Boruc; Luke Shaw, José Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers; Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin; Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, Steven Davis; Rickie Lambert.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 12:45 p.m. local, 7:45 a.m. ET

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

TV: NBCSN, Mun2 (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

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