Southampton vs Man City, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?

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Claude Puel's Southampton take on Pep Guardiola's Champions League chasing City

What is it?

It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's.

When is it?

It's on Easter Saturday (if there is such a thing), so April 15, 2017. 

What time is kick-off?

It's in the late slot, or early evening if you'd prefer at 5.30pm.

What TV channel is it on?

You can watch live coverage on BT Sport 1 with coverage starting at 5pm. Alternatively, you could bookmark this page and follow our rolling blog.

Sergio Aguero will hope to be among the goals on Saturday

What is the team news?

Southampton

The returns of Manolo Gabbiadini and Steven Davis mean Southampton have a near fully-fit squad for Saturday's Premier League visit of Manchester City.

Manager Claude Puel is yet to decide whether either will start, but their presence in his squad leaves Charlie Austin - close to returning from an injured shoulder - and Virgil van Dijk, who has an injured foot, as his only major absentees.

Beyond those two, only Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy are unavailable due to to hamstring injuries.

Team from: Forster, Taylor, Cedric, Martina, Pied, Yoshida, Stephens, Caceres, Bertrand, McQueen, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Davis, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal, Redmond, Rodriguez, Long, Gabbiadini.

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Man City

Pep Guardiola is waiting on fitness updates on two of his centre-backs. Their win over Hull last weekend was achieved with John Stones and Aleks Kolarov as the central pairing. Stones has become a key player for City in recent weeks and Kolarov took his place alongside the England man with Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi not fit enough to be named in the XI.

Kompany, who turned 31 earlier this week, needs to prove he can put his injury woes behind him and still be a valued member of the squad.

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Any interesting match stats?

How are the below for you...

  • City have only picked up eight points out of a possible 18 in past six games.
  • Saints full-back Jeremy Pied is fit after seven months out injured.
  • City striker Aguero has scored 10 goals in 10 games.
  • Southampton centre-back pairing of Yoshida and Stephens conceded 10 goals in eight league games they have played together.

What are they saying?

Southampton manager Claude Puel:

"We know the next game against Manchester City is a strong challenge, a great team, but it's better to play against Manchester City after two wins, as it gives us confidence.

"We play at home and, with the support of the fans, we can do fantastic work against them."

Yaya Toure on a strong finish to the season for City:

"I want to win trophies. I hope we can lift something for us and the fans this year.

"All this year, we've been fighting for something... The FA Cup is a big target for us this year. We're looking forward to it.

"I'm the type of player that always wants to win. In football, sometimes you can lose or draw. We want to always be at the top but we want to keep on going... We play Southampton and we'll try and win that game." 

What are the odds?

Man City 8/11

Southampton 4/1

Draw 13/5

What's our prediction?

Southampton are unbeaten in three winning their last two matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace while Manchester City have had a sticky spell recently.

City need to win to enhance their hopes of a top-four finish but Puel's men will not be a pushover. We're going for a 2-2 draw here.

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