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The return of David Silva will be a big fillip for Manchester CityReuters

The bouncebackability powers need to come into play for Manchester City, when Manuel Pellegrini's men host Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

City were overpowered by Liverpool last weekend, with Jurgen Klopp's men coming away with a deserved 4-1 victory, before things got worse when Juventus beat them 1-0 in Turin in the Champions League.

Having relinquished their hold at the top of the table following that big loss to Liverpool, Manchester City will hope to get back to winning ways and climb their way back up.

"It wasn't a good week for us -- we lost two games," Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Against Liverpool it was an ugly defeat and then against Juventus we improved a little bit but it was not the result we wanted.

"You never know which team will win in the Premier League – Liverpool came here and beat us but before that they lost to Crystal Palace and then Palace lost to Sunderland.

"Southampton are having a good season, they're unbeaten away and they have good players. We'll need to play well to win."

Manchester City have a few injury problems, with Joe Hart injuring himself in the match against Juventus and joining the list, which includes Pablo Zabaleta and Eliqauim Mangala, Samir Nasri and skipper Vincent Kompany. Willy Caballero will replace the England goalkeeper in goal.

The major boost for City, though, is the return of David Silva, the man who makes the City attacking unit function.

"Joe Hart has a muscle injury -- you never know as it depends how he improves but I think he will be out for ten days," Pellegrini added.

"It's important to have David back - he is a very important player, the same as Kun. It's very difficult to replace him.

"David gives us a different way of playing – we have good possession against teams with eight or nine players of theirs behind the ball and David is the player with the most accurate passes in the final third."

Southampton, though, is not the kind of team that will sit back for the 90 minutes. They will come to the Etihad to play football, even if it will be without their talismanic striker Graziano Pelle.

"It's a loss, because he's a player who normally always starts, he's the top scorer of the team, but we have the experience of last season when Graziano was not starting, for example against Chelsea, that we have other players, but different players in qualities, because nobody is in the same style as Graziano," Southampton manager Ronaldo Koeman told the club's official website.

"That means that we can play a little bit different. We know with Shane [Long], Sadio [Mane], other players in front, they have different qualities and that's to tell the boys that maybe in some circumstances in the game that we have to play a little bit different than normally."

Where to Watch Live

Manchester City vs Southampton is scheduled for a 3 pm local time (8.30 pm IST, 10 am ET) start. Star Sports 4 will show the match live in India, while the online live streaming options are on Starsports.com and Hotstar.

There will be no live TV coverage for viewers in the UK. Australia viewers can watch the EPL game live on Fox Sports, while the online live streaming options are on Fox Sports On Demand and Foxtel Play.

Watch the EPL game live in the US on NBC Sports Network, with the live stream option on NBC Sports Live Extra. Audience in Canada can watch Manchester City vs Southampton live on Sportsnet and Sportsnet World Online.

Audience in the Middle East and North Africa will be able to watch the EPL match live on Bein Sports Arabia, with the live streaming option on Bein Sports Connect.

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