Manchester City hope to capitalise on Manchester United's Champions League distractions by re-launching the defence of their Premier League title, starting with Saturday's trip to Southampton.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure (L) shields the ball from Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote, on December 15, 2012. Ivory Coast's quarter-final exit at the Africa Cup of Nations means that City manager Roberto Mancini will have both Yaya and Kolo Toure at his disposal for Saturday's visit to Southampton.
City's 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool last weekend enabled United to stretch their advantage at the top of the table to nine points, with only 13 games of the season remaining.
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