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Man City v Southampton

City of Manchester Stadium
New Year's Day, 1 January
Kick-off: 1500 GMT




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Ben Thatcher is back for Manchester City and is set to go straight into the side at left-back as Stephen Jordan is out for a month with an ankle injury.

Midfielder Steve McManaman is also fit following an Achilles problem and is expected to be on the bench.

Southampton could recall Kevin Phillips and Peter Crouch as Harry Redknapp again leaves out James Beattie ahead of his January transfer.

Jason Dodd and Mikael Nilsson are fit but Graeme le Saux is again ruled out.


Man City (from): James, Waterreus, Onuoha, Mills, Distin, Sommeil, Thatcher, Dunne, Bosvelt, Flood, S Wright-Phillips, Barton, Sibierski, Fowler, McManaman, Macken, Anelka, B Wright-Phillips.

Southampton (from): Niemi, Telfer, Jakobsson, Higginbotham, Cranie, Fernandes, Delap, Oakley, McCann, Crouch, Phillips, Blackstock, Ormerod, Dodd, Nilsson, Beattie, Prutton, Folly, Griffit, Smith.



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BIG-MATCH FACTS


MANCHESTER CITY look to attain their ninth win from 30 Premiership matches staged at the City of Manchester Stadium, against a Southampton side with the weakest away form in the top division this season. It's also the Citizens' 150th home match in Premier League history. They've drawn 50 and lost 50 of the previous 149, and are looking for their 50th victory. Defeat would be the Mancunains 50th League reverse under Kevin Keegan.

City are the least resilient club in the highest League. They've not managed a point from any match in which they've been behind, and even though they managed to get on terms twice in one match, and once in another two, they eventually lost all three games.

City have recorded just one win in six home Premiership matches with Southampton. The reverse fixture in October was a dull, dismal and dour goalless draw.

SOUTHAMPTON go into the game one place and three points off the foot. They've managed one victory in 18 League games, have drawn two and lost two under Harry Redknapp, and are one of three Premiership clubs yet to win away from home. Just two points have been accrued from draws at Charlton and Arsenal from their ten games on the road.

The Solent side have failed to score in nine League games. Only Norwich can match that. They've recorded more goalless draws that any other club in the highest League. Indeed on all four occasions when a clean sheet has been kept, the result has been a no score draw.

Saints are bidding for a fourth successive Premiership maximum on Manchester City turf. A James Beattie header and a brace from Kevin Phillips secured a 1-3 victory in this corresponding fixture last season.


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Referee:

Chris Foy (St Helens)


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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

MANCHESTER CITY


Club stats
Fixtures
12th 24 points
Highest achievable after the New Year's Day fixtures: 9th
Lowest could fall: 14th

Managed one win in the last five Premiership games.
Scored one goal in each of the last three.
Lost all seven games in which the opposition has scored first.

Won only one of the last five home Premiership contests (2-0 v Aston Villa).
SOUTHAMPTON


Club stats
Fixtures
19th 14 points
Highest achievable after the New Year's Day fixtures: 17th
Lowest could realistically fall: 19th

Drawn three and lost four Premiership games since beating Portsmouth 2-1 at home on 13 November.
Not scored in two games, or in 223 minutes (three hours 43 minutes) of Premiership football.
Completed one victory in 11 League and Cup games.
Won only twice in the Premiership this season. West Brom are the sole remaining club with one victory.
Used more players in Premiership matches this season than any other club (27).

Without an away League victory in 12.
Drawn two and lost eight on the road in the top division this term.
No top flight club have lost more than eight League games away from home.
Scored only five Premiership goals away from St Mary's. All other top flight clubs have scored more on their League travels, with the exception of Norwich, who've also netted five.
Failed to score in six top tier encounters away from home.
Drawn two and lost ten away League games since winning 1-3 at Manchester City on 17 April last season.


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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

MANCHESTER CITY


Squad profiles

Nicolas ANEKLA has scored just one goal in nine League appearances, and seven in the Premiership this season.
If on the field at kick off, ANELKA will be making his 150th English League start.
Robbie FOWLER is a hat trick short of 150 career League goals.
If he participates, keeper David JAMES will be making his 600th career club appearance.
If he lines-up for the opening whistle, Joey BARTON will be making his 50th start for the Citizens.
If on the pitch from the outset, Paul BOSVELT will be making his 50th start for the Eastlands club.
Should he be involved, Jonathan MACKEN will be making his 50th appearance for the Light Blues.
Suspended: Christian NEGOUAI
SOUTHAMPTON


Squad profiles

If involved from the commencement, David PRUTTON will be making his 200th club career appearance.


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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Manchester City 1-3 Southampton
17 April 2004 - Ref: Graham Barber
Man City scorer: Anelka 78
Southampton scorers: Beattie 34, Phillips 55, 81



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THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Southampton 0-0 Manchester City
2 October 2004 - Ref: Uriah Rennie



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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Man City 21 wins, Southampton 25, Draws 21
Prem: Man City 6 wins, Southampton 4, Draws 5


HEAD TO HEAD at Man City
League: Man City 12 wins, Southampton 10, Draws 11
Prem: Man City 2 wins, Southampton 3, Draws 2


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Good stuff! Bosvelt on the scoresheet. Hope to see it later on the BBC since Dutch TVs highlights only showed the big 3 (Pool, Arse and :star: Spurs :star: :pp ) and Newcastle

heard btw that Distin might go to the Toon. You reckon it might really happen, Green One?
 

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Yeah great save by James, but once again the media make no mention of it, because they want to keep him out of the England team.

Great goal by SWP, and Bosvelt's was a good finish too after an excellent header from Dunney.

We deserved the win, although the disallowed goal was lucky. Then again, so was their penalty, but 'Appy 'Arry doesn't mention that does he? We should have had a few more, and Robbie deserved a goal.

About Distin, I doubt he'll go. Hes our captain and wants to stay. He chose to join City ahead of Newcastle, so why would he go?

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