Manchester City are aiming to become the first Premier League club to hit the 100-point mark, and a win at St Mary’s will see the champions reach that particular milestone.
They’ve been breaking records all season and another league victory would put them on a new best 32 wins for the season, while also beating Chelsea’s 15-mark for away wins in a season, and the Blues’ number of away points, 48 (both 2004-05).
While the season is not quite over, manager Pep Guardiola’s attention has already turned to next season, and which of his stars he is determined to keep at the Etihad.
The talk leading up to the Southampton game has been about the futures of both Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, and the fact that Sterling will delay talks on a new deal until after the World Cup.
Sterling’s current contract runs until 2020 but the club are keen to tie him down to a longer-term agreement, while Aguero has again been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid.
While Aguero is currently out with a knee injury, Sterling is likely to start at St Mary’s and will be looking to add to his impressive 23-goals in all competitions this season. Guardiola is also expected to bring Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson back into the starting XI.
After their hard-earned win at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night put them three points clear of Swansea City, there will be a celebratory mood at Southampton.
Only a bizarre ten-goal turnaround could see the Saints back in trouble, so even a two or three-goal defeat should be enough to guarantee safety.
Jan Bednarek misses the game after suffering a head injury during the 1-0 win at Swansea.
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"I believe that when one day I look back, certainly I will be very proud of what I have done."-Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/LY0pkK8Gh7— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) April 21, 2018
Passion, respect and success- that is what Arsene Wenger is all about. Thank u for what you've done for us at @Arsenal and the football world. ⚽️ I'm grateful for everything you've taught me & all the trust you've put in me no matter how difficult the situation was.Merci Boss! pic.twitter.com/2KyoLyWrVT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 20, 2018