The hosts have regained their form, but it has come much too late to carry any lingering title hopes to the last, but the recent run of wins has at least lifted some of the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini. City have looked much like their usual selves in recent wins over Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City.
Yaya Toure scored twice at the Liberty Stadium, but this could be his final game in a light blue shirt, having been heavily linked with a move away. One man who will not be on his way is Sergio Aguero, who will be determined to make sure of finishing as the top-flight’s leading scorer.
For all of his goalscoring exploits since moving to City in 2011, Aguero – nor any other Premier League striker for that matter – is unlikely to match the achievement of Saints forward Sadio Mane, who registered a hat-trick in less than three minutes last time out against Aston Villa.
The summer signing from Red Bull Salzburg has been outstanding for much of the season, and his pace will give the Man City backline problems here, as will the physical presence of Graziano Pelle and the graft of Shane Long. If results go their way and they win, Southampton could finish as high as fifth.
Frank Lampard is set to play his final Premier League game, with fellow midfielders Fernando and Samir Nasri both sidelined by injury for Man City.
The Saints are still without the services of midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Dusan Tadic. Loan players Toby Alderweireld, Eljero Elia and Filip Djuricic will play their final games before returning to their parent clubs.
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