Manchester City will look to close the gap on leaders Liverpool when they welcome Southampton to the Etihad later today.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are currently third in the table four points behind the Reds, with two games in hand, but they can reduce the arrears to one point with a win over the South coast side.
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City, who have collected 39 points at home this season winning 13 of their 14 games and they will be confident of breaking the 40 point mark against a Saints side that has lost three of their last four games on the road.
Last time out the Mauricio Pochettino’s men let slip a 2 goal as they went down 3-2 to Tottenham, however in typical fashion epitomising their performances this season, the 8th placed club bounced back with a stunning 4-0 win over Newcastle.
The result was quickly forgotten however as the yearly financial results revealed that while losses before income and tax dropped over £5 million to £6.6 million, there was an outstanding transfer debt of £27m.
This sum could mean that the club could be forced to sell over the summer, claims that were denied by Southampton’s new director Hans Hofstetter.
Speaking to BBC Radio, Hofstetter said “The most important point is that we are in a position where we do not need to sell any player Mauricio wants to keep.
Both sides will head into the clash minus key personnel with Southampton trio Kelvin Davis (back), Nathaniel Clyne (groin) and Maya Yoshida (knee) all out and Victor Wanyama in a race to prove he is fit to play.
Manchester City meanwhile have doubts over Micah Richards and Matija Nastasic (both knee) while Sergio Aguero could also miss out with the hamstring injury sustained against Barcelona last month.
The Argentine forward is the club’s top scorer this season with 26 goals, and while most managers would be pleased at the prospect of a top-class opponent missing out, Pochettino insists that he would welcome the return of his fellow countryman.
“I would like to play against him,” he said. “I always want to face the best.”
The two sides drew 1-1 when they met at St. Mary’s earlier in the season while City were 3-2 winners last season at the Etihad.