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Apr 3, 2014

Can Saints put another twist in the title race?


Saturday's game at the Etihad Stadium is massive for the home side. Manchester City will not want to hand the momentum to Liverpool and Chelsea by dropping any points in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend. Unluckily for them, they face one of the teams that, while not having been directly involved in the title race, have provided plenty of bumps for those that are. - Report: Southampton "won't sell young stars" Southampton have taken points off of Arsenal, Liverpool and City themselves already this season -- only Chelsea taking the maximum six from the impressive Saints. It will certainly be a tough task for Saints to keep that decent record going though, with Manchester City having won 21 of their 25 home games this season. Saints would join an illustrious list of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea and err.... Wigan Athletic if they could achieve it. Oddly, this might be a game where neither team wants to take the lead. This might sound ridiculous, but both sides have struggled to hold a lead this season and this might be a case of scoring the first goal not necessarily being the best start. It would certainly appear on recent form that this game might be about whose defence can hold out the longest. Both sides look breathtaking at times when they go forward, and while Saints will be fearful of the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure, David Silva et al (I could go on), they will also see potential for attacking success up against the likes of Jolean Lescott and the much-maligned Martin Demichelis. Saints have proved this season that on their day they are a match for anyone and it could be argued that they deserved more than just the one point from their game against City at St. Mary's earlier in the campaign. They effectively have nothing to lose from this fixture and all the pressure will be on the hosts. If Saints can make some attacking inroads early on in the game, then the Etihad crowd could get frustrated, leading to nervous play from the usually unflappable superstars. Saints should, and won't go into the game with any fear, and if they play with the freedom up top that manager Mauricio Pochettino encourages, then don't bet against the visitors providing another twist in the race for the Premier League title.

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