Manchester City play a must-win game against Southampton on Sunday, and that's a dangerous thing for the current Premier League leaders. City have not won in four matches and arrive at Etihad Stadium with the pressure of picking up three points, and they face an opponent who isn't likely to concede goals, let alone points.
Pep Guardiola is a little bit under pressure this week after the loss against Barcelona, and he needs a strong response from this team to show that his style of play is the right way to go despite the current run of poor results. Claude Puel has done a fantastic job with Saints so far, and he hopes to frustrate Guardiola, City players and fans and earn a point or three at the Etihad. He has to cope with a few important absences, however.
His two starting full-backs, Cédric Soares and Ryan Bertrand, have been ruled out because of injury. Bertrand's replacement, Matt Targett, is also injured, meaning that 21-year-old Sam McQueem is likely to make his full Premier League debut. On the right side, Cuco Martina is likely to start in place of Soares, but Puel will certainly be nervous without his best wing defenders against the likes of Nolito, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané.
Saints have also been impressive going forward this season, but they are likely to miss a key member of their attack: Nathan Redmond has been fantastic since arriving in the summer, but there's a good chance he will be fit enough just for the bench. Striker Shane Long, another important part of the offense, is out with a hamstring injury.
Guardiola ruled out Pablo Zabaleta, as the Argentinean hurt his foot against Barcelona, and because of the injury to Bacary Sagna, only Academy right-back Pablo Maffeo is an option in the position. Fabian Delph is very close to returning from injury, but he's also a possible absence.
Nobody is suspended for Sunday's match, but there's a total of ten players from both sides who are unlikely to feature because of injury. This is the full list: