Match Preview

Premier League
Premier League
Sunday 5 July 2020
Kickoff at 19:00 BST
St. Mary's Stadium, Britannia Rd, Southampton SO14 5FP
No live TV coverage
Live text, audio and stats at mancity.com
Everything you need to know ahead of our Premier League trip to take on Southampton.

WHEN AND WHERE

The game kicks off at 7pm (UK) on Sunday 5 July at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on the BBC and you can also keep up to date with all the action on ManCity.com's Matchday Centre or via our official Twitter platform: @ManCity. Get in touch using the hashtag #WNRH

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Fans living outside of the UK should check out our global TV listings to find out how they can tune in wherever they are in the world.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City
Sergio Aguero (knee) will miss the game, but Fernandinho could be in contention to return after serving a two-match suspension.

Southampton
Sofiane Boufal could be back in action after being laid low with a thigh injury while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is also seeking to recover from an ankle injury.

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PEP'S VIEW

“The reality in the Premier League is we were not as a good as we were the previous two seasons,” he explained.

“We are better than 18 teams, but not better than one that destroyed the competition. Liverpool have done quite similar to what we have done in previous seasons.

“Now we have to recover our consistency that we missed this season."

"That’s in the future. The present is to recover in three days, to prepare right for Wembley to play the semi-finals of the FA Cup, to try to retain the title.

“Next season will be next season. We have time to think about it."

OPPOSITION VIEW: RALPH HASENHUTTL

"I have big respect for every team and it is not that surprising that they can sometimes score four if you don't do a good job or give them too much space.

“They can absolutely hurt you like no other team.

“But we played them twice immediately after the Leicester game, so we had the situation of having to face Manchester City after an ominous result – away as well – and we were close to getting something. We lost 2-1.

“So now we are not scared. Respect, yes, for the way they are playing, but with big brave hearts.”

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MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Simon Long, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Keith Stroud
Replacement official: Graham Kane
VAR: Andy Madley
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.

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LAST MEETING

City came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Southampton when the sides last met in November 2019.

An early strike from James Ward-Prowse had given the Saints the lead before Sergio Aguero levelled affairs on 70 minutes.

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And with just four minutes left on the clock, full-back Kyle Walker struck a dramatic late winner for Pep Guardiola’s side.

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WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE

Our ‘We’re Not Really Here’ campaign aims to connect and engage our fans in a series of new and innovative ways.

You may not be able to sing for the team in the stands, but your support remains as important as ever.

Every matchday, home and away, we’ll kick off the big game build-up with a brand-new programme called, fittingly, ‘We’re Not Really Here’, in honour of the chant synonymous with all City fans.

We will be inviting supporters to get in touch throughout the show, letting us know your views as well how you are experiencing the big matches behind closed doors.

Simply use the hashtag #WNRH to join the conversation and get involved to ensure that your views and voice is heard. A selection of posts can be found on the #WNRH mancity.com wall.

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