Manchester City will look to keep up the pressure on league-leaders Liverpool when they face in-form Southampton at the Etihad on Saturday.
A 1-1 draw with Arsenal last time out saw them drop four points behind the Reds, but with two games in hand Manuel Pellegrini's men are still in control of the outcome of the title.
They come up against a Southampton side that thrashed Newcastle 4-0 last weekend and that held the Sky Blues to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in December.
When: Saturday, 5 April, 12:45 p.m. BST, 7:45 p.m. ET
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
TV Info: BT Sport 1
Dzeko to the Fore
The continued absence of Sergio Aguero due to a hamstring injury could potentially have been a real problem for City, the Argentinian having scored 15 goals in just 17 league appearances this season, per Squawka.com.
However, Edin Dzeko's form has somewhat made up for Aguero's absence in recent weeks, and City will likely look to him again this weekend to play up top.
The Bosnian forward has 10 goals in the league so far this season, with three in City's last four outings, per BBC Sport.
Furthermore, he clearly enjoys playing against Southampton as this stat, via Opta, shows:
With Southampton free-scoring of late, having bagged 10 goals in their last three games, City will do well to keep a clean sheet.
Thus, to keep the pressure up at the top of the table they will be looking for goals, and Dzeko should be their main man in that department.
The same fixture last season ended in a 3-2 win for the Manchester club; a repeat of this result is not entirely improbable with both high-scoring sides.
An English Affair
Southampton are currently sitting eighth in the Premier League table. They are six points off Manchester United in seventh and eight points above Stoke in 10th.
With only six games of the season remaining, Saints could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas with little prospect of moving up or down the league in dramatic fashion.
However, this has not been the case. Mauricio Pochettino's side have been a joy to watch of late.
And the reason for this may well be that the team's strike force in Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert are all playing for a place in England's World Cup squad.
Indeed, after the Newcastle game the Saints manager said, as reported by BBC Sport:
It's clear that for the three English players that we have here at Southampton it is very good to maintain those high standards they have shown over the season.
It's only going to increase their chances of going to Brazil so it's very good for them.
Rodriguez has scored four goals in his last three league games and has 15 for the season, with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge the only Englishman in the Premier League scoring more, per BBC Sport.
And there is certainly backing for all three of them to be on the plane to Brazil:
There could be no better stage to confirm a World Cup spot than to produce a performance against title-challengers City, a fact that will no doubt ensure another fine display from the away side on Saturday.
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