Further forward, Fernandinho was afforded a rare start with Rodri rested with this game in mind. Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan will likely join him in a three.
The same can be said for Raheem Sterling, who watched on as Riyad Mahrez took his tally to three goals in four games with a double against Saints. Sterling should start, with Gabriel Jesus also pushing for a return.
Ferran Torres was given some minutes of the bench but is not expected to start on Saturday with Phil Foden in line to keep his place after an impressive midweek showing. Bernardo Silva is also pushing.
Manchester City predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Man City squad from: Ederson, Steffen, Cancelo, Walker, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Garcia, Zinchenko, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Sterling, Torres, Mahrez, Jesus, Aguero