Southampton will make the trip to the Etihad this weekend and take on the defending champions in what will be a tough matchup for the Saints.
Ralph will always get the team ready to come out and play against the big sides tough but they will have to be perfect on Saturday if they hope to get a result.
City added to their already impressive talent with the addition of Jack Grealish this summer and are as dangerous as ever. Let us take a look at how both teams will win this match-up.
How Manchester City Will Win
City will do what City do best. Apply constant pressure on their opposition’s goal and look to score in bunches. They attack well as a team and have the individual talent to make things happen individually.
Their biggest challenge this match will be they are coming off a tough match against Leipzig in the Champions League and then will face Chelsea in the league the following weekend. They could be resting some of their major pieces and field a slightly less talented side.
Regardless, their “slightly less” talented side would compete for league titles on their own. They will look to win this one comfortably.
How Southampton Will Win
The Saints have their work cut out for them this Saturday but have known recent success against City. We all remember the famous 1-0 victory at St. Mary’s but that is in the past and this is a new season.
It will be interesting to see if Ralph goes with his 4-2-2-2 formation or goes with the 4-1-4-1 that we saw a bit against West Ham. Southampton always play City tough so hopefully, we get the same out of them this match.
If the Saints can strike first and then defend with their lives they have a shot at getting a result out of this match.
No significant team news for either side. Manchester City will have to deal with some team management with all the matches they have coming up.
Southampton will still be missing Stuart Armstrong but Will Smallbone may be available for action after his lengthy absence.
Highlights of City vs Saints will be shown on Sky Sports and Match of the Day in the UK and will be shown on USA Network in the United States.
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker; Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
Alex McCarthy; Romain Perraud, Mohamed Salisu, Jack Stephens, Tino Livramento; Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu, Moussa Djenepo; Che Adams, Armando Broja
Manchester City 3 – 1 Southampton