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Manchester City VS Southampton Live Football Match Score 12 jan 2023

Manchester City VS Southampton Live Football Match Score 12 jan 2023

Southampton and Manchester City will lock horns in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, with a spot in the semi-finals of the famous competition on offer to both teams.

The Saints won the FA Cup back in 1976, while Man City have lifted the trophy on six previous occasions, the last of which was in 2019, when they overcame Watford in the final.The Saints won the FA Cup back in 1976, while Man City have lifted the trophy on six previous occasions, the last of which was in 2019, when they overcame Watford in the final.Man City are bidding to win the treble this season and found out on Friday that they would be taking on Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the first leg due to take place at the Etihad Stadium on April 5.

The Citizens will certainly be feeling the heat in the Premier League, though, with Liverpool now just a point behind them in second position; the Reds managed to win at Arsenal on Wednesday, 48 hours after Man City had been held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Pep Guardiola’s side have hardly needed to break a sweat in this season’s FA Cup, putting four goals past both Swindon Town and Fulham in back-to-back games before beating Peterborough United 2-0 in the last round.

Man City are six-time winners of this competition, including in 2019, when they beat Watford 6-0 in the final, but the fact that Guardiola has only lifted the FA Cup on one occasion since his arrival is somewhat of a surprise considering the incredible success that the Spaniard has enjoyed.

The English champions have been semi-finalists in the last two campaigns, meanwhile, and a record of just one defeat from their last 13 matches against Southampton should mean that confidence is high ahead of this game.Southampton boss Hasenhuttl revealed during Friday’s press conference that only two first-team players are available for this contest in the shape of Alex McCarthy and Lyanco.

Everyone else, including Nathan Tella, is back in training, meaning that the head coach has a number of big decisions to make, balancing squad rotation with a desire to reach the semi-finals.

As a result, Hasenhuttl is expected to select a strong starting XI with a mixture of youth and experience; Willy Caballero should get the nod between the sticks, while Moussa Djenepo is in line for a role out wide, but the likes of Armando Broja, Che Adams and Mohamed Salisu are all expected to start.

As for Man City, Ruben Dias (thigh) and Benjamin Mendy (club suspension) remain unavailable for selection, but Cole Palmer has a chance of recovering from a foot injury to make the squad.

Guardiola selected a strong XI in the previous round against Peterborough and that is again expected to be the case here, but there will be changes from the side that started against Palace last time out.

Indeed, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko could all come in for starts on Sunday afternoon, while there is likely to be a spot between the sticks for number two goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud; S Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Djenepo; Adams, Broja

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Steffen; Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Sterling, Jesus, MahrezSouthampton can seemingly only get results in the cup competitions at the moment but that would appear to be some fluke with the differences in team setup not the most drastically different between league and cup. We don’t see them doing things majorly differently here either despite facing Man City. That said, the full backs might be forced to operate more deeply purely through a likely lack of possession.

Predicted lineup – Bazunu (GK), Salisu, Lyanco, Walker-Peters, Perraud, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Maitland-Niles, Aribo, Armstrong, Adams

Man City
Man City made a fair few changes to their team in their recent FA Cup clash against Chelsea and after demolishing them 4-0, it’s not impossible that Pep Guardiola opts for the same – or certainly very similar – XI in their second cup game within a few days.

Predicted lineup – Ortega (GK), Walker, Stones, Ake, Akanji, Silva, Rodri, Foden, Mahrez, Palmer, Alvarez

Starting Lineups
*Starting lineups are usually announced one hour prior to kick off.

Player to watch
Man City’s squad is absolutely stacked with talent so nailing down one player to watch out for isn’t the easiest. For this match, we want to highlight Julian Alvarez. Alvarez arrived with City in the summer but he’s been overshadowed by Erling Haaland’s explosive start to life in England. That doesn’t mean Alvarez hasn’t delivered though. In just 983 minutes of action for Guardiola’s men, Alvarez has bagged eight goals and provided two assists; that fives him a goal contribution every 98 minutes.

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