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Manchester City vs Southampton at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Jonathan Moss
10th March 2021 6:00 PM (GMT)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘15' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘40' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘45'+3' Ilkay Gündogan
    • ‘55' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘59' Kevin De Bruyne
  • 2 Southampton

    • ‘25' James Ward-Prowse (Pen)
    • ‘56' Che Adams

#mancity

Commentary By John Edwards

20:43

Goodnight!

That’s all from me as City return to winning ways in some style. 

Credit to Southampton, they made life difficult for us in spells and particularly in the first half, but our quality told in the end and we’re now 14 points clear at the top of the table with nine games left to play.

You can check out all the match stats and reaction from tonight below.

Next up is a trip to Fulham on Saturday. Kick-off is 20:00 (UK) and our live coverage will begin at 18:00, with the We’re Not Really Here show starting one hour before we get under way. 

See you then and enjoy the rest of you week, Blues! 

20:33

Andy Morrison - We are so fortunate to have Pep

"He’s an incredible man. When I did my pro license I had a couple of days in at City where we had a session with Pep. I’ve never been so overwhelmed by another man with the way he spoke, his passion, his drive, I see it in everything he does, we are so fortunate to have that man at the head of this football club."

20:28

Match stats 🔢

🔹 Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Kevin De Bruyne (40 goals, 76 assists) is one of only three players to both score and assist 40+ goals in the Premier League, after Roberto Firmino (63 goals, 40 assists) and Riyad Mahrez (60 goals, 41 assists). 

🔹 City have conceded six penalty goals in the Premier League at the Etihad this season, becoming only the third side in the competition's history to concede six home penalty goals in a season, after Brighton in 2018-19 and Newcastle in 2004-05. 

🔹 Riyad Mahrez's strike was his 50th with his left foot in the Premier League, becoming the seventh player to reach that tally in the competition behind Fowler, van Persie, Giggs, Salah, Lukaku and Giroud.

🔹 Only Daniel Sturridge v Stoke in October 2008 (19y & 55d) has provided 2+ assists in a single Premier League game for City at a younger age than Phil Foden against Southampton this evening (20y & 286d).  

20:23

Ralph Hasenhuttl: There isn't a better coach than Pep

"I think we played quite well I must say even though we conceded five goals. We made it a bit too easy. We were very brave with the ball at times. It's the final quality that is missing.

"This game I enjoyed more than if we had sit back for 90 minutes. This is our way and this is what I like to see. When you are committed and active you win a lot of balls against this team. Although we didn't get points we're not so disappointed.

"I'm a big fan of Pep Guardiola's football. There isn't a better coach out there. We have made a big development with our side within our limits."

20:21

Andy Morrison - Incredible Mahrez best in PL

"I hope he gets the recognition, there’s still a long way to go in the season. He’s been in that patch over the last few months but you don't hear people talk about it. 

"He has been incredible over the last few months, there’s not a better player in the Premier league at this moment in time and across Europe that's producing what he is every single week."

20:17

Pep Guardiola - Important for midfielders to score

"It's important for Kevin and Riyad to score goals. We need them. Now it's rest and then Fulham. It's one game at a time. There are nine games left. Games like today are so difficult and so tough." 

20:13

Pep Guardiola - Players' quality won us the game

No shortage of impressive performances tonight and the boss was pleased with what he saw:

"They made us suffer at times. In general, it was good. Another victory and we move on to Fulham. 

"Southampton put a lot of players in the middle and made it very hard for us. They expose a lot which allowed us to counter. The quality of our players won the game - Riyad, Phil and Kevin."

20:11

Shaun Goater - This is how you bounce back

The Goat saying what we're all thinking. Back to winning ways in some style. 

"Instant reaction is brilliant performance. This is how you bounce back. It’s back on track. We conceded two, City will look at that and think we need to get the clean sheets back but the most important thing was getting a nice win, creative play, and a good performance."

20:07

Phil Foden - We rolled our sleeves up

"It was quite strange at times. Southampton started really well and made it hard for us. It was really important to get back on track. Fair play to Southampton, I thought they gave it a really good try. I've been scoring a lot this season so to get a couple of assists is pleasing.

"It was important to get back to winning ways. I thought we rolled our sleeves up well."

20:03

Phil Foden - It was a penalty

It didn't matter in the end, but it was the game's big talking point and Phil Foden has had his say on his first half penalty shout:

"I'm an honest guy and I never like to dive, 100% I thought it was a penalty."

19:56

Live reaction ☝️

Bouncing back in style! 👏

Plenty to enjoy about that game as we returned to winning ways with a convincing victory after a brace a piece from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez and one from Ilkay Gundogan.

Southampton had their moments, but after we clicked into gear, we had too much for the visitors.

A lot to discuss then - Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison are doing just that on We're Not Really Here now.

90'

Nearly!

It's what we've been waiting for as Sergio Aguero has a couple of opportunities.

He's inexplicably left in oceans of space for the first as Fernandinho tries to pick him out, but the striker can't get the ball under control.

The second is more like him as he drills an effort at goal from a tight angle, but McCarthy gets his body behind it to keep it out.

88'

Wide!

Bernardo goes close after being picked out by Gundogan.

The German clips a pass out to midfielder on the left of the penalty area and he takes a touch before trying to steer a half volley into the far corner.

He catches it well but it hasn't got the accuracy to trouble McCarthy. Just wide.

Open
86'

Offside

Adams has the ball in the back of the net, but he's flagged offside by the assistant referee on the near side. 

It was good play from Southampton, with Ward-Prowse winning the ball and getting it forward to Adams who produced a composed finish to curl the ball into the far corner, but he had just set off too early. 

Open
83'

In the book

Fernandinho receives the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Tella 25-yards from goal.

It's a promising position for someone with Ward-Prowse's reputation. He gets it up and over the wall, but it's too close to Ederson who saves comfortably.

Open
78'

Ahhh!

The frantic nature of this second half seemed to have levelled off, but Torres has just had a glorious opportunity to add a sixth.

Again, it comes from some slack Southampton defending as Salisu allows Fernandinho to dispossess him inside the area.

The loose ball rolls invitingly to Torres who fires wide from eight yards.

Vital minutes

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

When you are 5-2 down with time running out and limbs aching, probably the last thing as an opposition side you want to see is a fresh and hungry Sergio Aguero take to the field.

From a City perspective of course, it’s the perfect scenario to try and give Kun more vital minutes as he builds back to full match fitness. Pep Guardiola was in deep conversation with Sergio before he came on, passing on last minute instructions.

If he could find the target it would merely add to the many positives from the night.

71'

Flashed wide

Foden's had a couple of good opportunities tonight and he's just sent another effort agonisingly wide.

He's teed up after Torres' cross is cleared only as far as Gundogan on the edge of the area, who squares to his right and FOden tries to guide the ball into the far corner.

He just didn't manage to wrap his foot around the ball enough.

68'

Response coming?

Southampton just enjoying a decent spell of possession here. They've kept the ball really well at times tonight, which many teams struggle to do against City. 

It comes to nothing though, with the City defence proving too difficult to penetrate. 

Back to our best

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

The helter-skelter nature of this game has continued in a breathless first 15 minutes of the second half which has brought three more goals.

Riyad Mahrez kept up his superb form of late with a sumptuous finish for our fourth goal before the visitors raced up field and narrowed he deficit through Che Adams. 

City though look like scoring every time we power forward and De Bruyne’s second of the evening – and our fifth in total – didn’t come as a surprise.

With half an hour still to play its anyone’s guess how his will eventually finish up. And a total sea change from the first 15 minutes with City back to our commanding, dominant best.

Open
59'

GOAL! City 5-2 Southamptn

I can barely keep up here and neither can Southampton as Kevin De Bruyne gets his second and our fifth!

Walker drills a pass into Foden on the edge of the area, who holds it up well before De Bruyne takes over, darting past a defender and keeping his composure before picking out the bottom right corner.

Lovely play in a tight area from the Belgian.

Open
55'

Goal. City 4-2 Southampton

You'd have thought Mahrez goal might have killed Southampton off, but they've responded instantly through Che Adams.

Armstong wins Dias' clearance and exchanges passes with Redmond before driving a shot into Adams' body.

The ball bounces kindly into the striker's path and he sends it past Ederson into the bottom left corner. 

Open
54'

GOAL! City 4-1 Southampton

It's two for Riyad Mahrez!

The Algerian winger nets another cool finish after another Southampton mistake.

Salisu is under no pressure as plays the ball straight to Fernandinho in midfield. The Brazilian sends it wide to Foden, who picks out Mahrez in the area and he swivels before dancing past two players - taking the ball away from goal - but finds the space to drive a low effort inside McCarthy's near post.

Classy play!

51'

Crucial touch

City come again, moving the ball through midfield and out to Bernardo on the left. 

The Portuguese could probably take on the shot from a tight angle, but he unselfishly squares to the unmarked Foden, who would have certainly scored had Vestergaard not stuck out a leg to divert it away from the youngster. 

All City so far after the break. That third goal has taken the wind out of the Saints sails.

Open
49'

Power drive

Phil Foden wins a corner and when it's taken short, he's in position to try his luck from 25-yards.

The midfielder gets everything behind it to drive it through the bodies in the area, but McCarthy gets down well to beat the effort away.

48'

New beginnings

It was Southampton who started this game the brighter, but City have taken control since the restart.

We're knocking the ball around midfield as you might expect and one cross into the box, which the visitors fail to deal with effectively, nearly creates a chance for Bernardo, but the ball is eventually scrambled clear.

Promising signs.

HT

So far so good

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

That last 10 minutes of the first half served another potent reminder of one of the hallmarks of Pep Guardiola’s stewardship - one of City’s burning desire and relentless quest to keep seeking more.

In many ways it has been a tricky and demanding first half – but we go in armed with a crucial two-goal advantage and perfectly poised to kick on after the break.

A thoroughly entertaining first half which has flown by. And no lack of positives for Pep Guardiola’s side. So far, so good!

HT

Shaun Goater - Foden punished for staying on his feet

Jon Moss' decision to not award City a penalty is the biggest talking point of that first half.

It looked like Phil Foden beat Alex McCarthy to the ball, but Shaun Goater feels the midfielder has been penalised for trying to play on. 

"I think it was an easy decision to call the penalty. Foden has tried to be honest and stayed on his feet. That’s Phil Foden, he goes to ground but scrambles to get up and by then it’s protected. But the referee doesn't use his common sense and realise it’s a foul. At the other end we have a soft penalty, while Phil Foden is punished for staying on his feet."

HT

Andy Morrison - Go long if we have to

"I think great credit to Southampton. They were terrific in the first 15 minutes. We gradually picked the lock and realised with the first goal, if we can't play through them, let’s go over them."

HT

Half-time: City 3-1 Southampton

A breathless first half in which both sides have had spells of dominance, but it is City who have the lead at the break.

Shaun Goater and Andy Morrison are analysing the action on We're Not Really Here now. ☝️

Open
45+2'

GOAL! City 3-1 Southampton

Ilkay Gundogan adds a third to land what feels like a significant blow to the Saints before the break.

It's all about that man Mahrez though. He comes inside, twists and turns past a couple of defenders before firing towards the bottom corner.

McCarthy gets the slightest of touches to turn the effort onto the post, but as it bounces back into the six-yard box, Gundogan is there to steer it home.

A great watch

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

No lack of incident or talking points here. 

The City bench were convinced we had won a penalty when McCarthy challenged Foden in the box but VAR had the final say after Jon Moss had also said no. Then at the other end Ederson had to earn his spurs to deny Ward-Prowse.

However another piece of individual magic from Riyad Mahrez has swung the pendulum our way with the Algerian conjuring a stunning strike to restore our advantage.

Can’t take your eyes off this game.

Open
40'

GOAL! City 2-1 Southampton

A lovely finish from Riyad Mahrez puts City back in front, but Che Adams will be cursing his decision making.

Southampton try to play out from the back and the striker, who popped up in the right back position, elects to switch play across the face of goal and it's cut out by the Algerian winger.

He drives forward, coolly checks inside a couple of defenders and despatches a low drive into the bottom left corner. 

Brilliant strike.

36'

Let off

No shortage of chances at the Etihad! The only concern at the moment is that's two in quick succession for Southampton.

Zinchenko concedes possession with a loose pass deep in his own half and the visitors seize their opportunity to get forward.

It's played into Djenepo inside the area, but he shoots wide under pressure from Walker.

Open
34'

End to end

No time to for a rest in this one.

Penalty avoided, Southampton go up the other end, where Ward-Prowse unleashes a powerful 25-yard effort.

It's straight at Ederson, but the pace on the ball forces the Brazilian to tip it over and Fernandinho clears the resulting corner.

Open
31'

Penalty?

This game is showing no signs of settling down.

This time, it's Southampton's turn for a mishap in their own area as McCarthy makes a mess of Salisu's back pass.

The keeper miscontrols it and Foden is on him in a flash, forcing McCarthy into a slide tackle that sends the City midfielder tumbling.

He gets up in a bid to try and score but is forced backwards and play continues while VAR checks it.

No penalty. The Southampton goalie is judged to have got enough on the ball.

Keenly fought

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

The hope was that we would kick on from that De Bryune strike and really look to assert our authority on the game. And, initially, it appeared as if that would be the case with City stretching the visitors.

However that James Ward-Prowse penalty has forced us to rebuild once more. City still not at our fluent, flowing best and Southampton are making life tough for us where they can.

Proper contest this.

Open
29'

Well over

Fernandinho picks the ball up 30-yards from goal and with nothing on, decide to take matters into his own hands.

He advances forward before letting fly, but he doesn't catch it cleanly and it comfortably clear of the crossbar.

Open
25'

Goal. City 1-1 Southampton

Ward-Prowse shoots straight down the middle as Ederson dives to his right.

A cool penalty from the Saints skipper and they're level after it seemed like the game had swung in City's favour.

Open
23'

Penalty to Southampton!

Vestergaard meets Ward-Prowse's corner with a powerful header that Ederson beats back into the penalty area.

The Southampton centre-half looks to follow up, but he's hauled down by Laporte and Jon Moss points to the spot.

VAR check it, but the penalty stands. 

Open
23'

Palmed away

And, after I've said that, Southampton go and have a chance of their own.

Redmond picks the ball up around 25-yards from goal and with City slow to close him down, he tries his luck with a low effort that Ederson touches behind for a corner. 

A response after an unusual start

Neil Leigh at the Etihad:

It had been an unusually sluggish start from City but, as so often, Kevin De Bruyne has come up with the answer.

Southampton were bright and breezy and a potent threat going forward in the early stages while we struggled to impose our usual rhythm and dominance on the match so far. The Saints also dominated the early possession stats – another rarity when it comes to City.

However in our first serious attack we made the all-important breakthrough with De Bruyne showing the presence of mind to finish via the bar after McCarthy had parried Foden’s initial shot.

Prior to that goal there been a few animated discussions between skipper Fernandinho and his team mates aimed at eliciting the right response.

Hopefully now that we have that lead we can start cranking up through the gears.

Open
15'

GOAL! City 1-0 Southampton

Well, well, well, that has come from nowhere!

It's been all Southampton, but De Bruyne has put City in front with our first attack. 

It starts with Dias' brilliant ball out to Zinchenko on the left and the Ukrainian takes a touch before squaring for Foden, who's 10-yard effort forces McCarthy into a smart stop to his left.

The Saints' goalkeeper can only push it back into play though and De Bruyne is there to tap home via the underside of the crossbar.

Open
13'

Harsh

Fernandinho concedes a free-kick as he goes sliding in on Adams. It looked like the Brazilian got plenty of the ball, but referee Jon Moss thinks otherwise.

11'

Too much

Southampton have got left-back Ryan Bertrand playing on the opposite side this evening, but he unfamiliar role has done nothing to dull his attacking intent.

Vestergaard has just tried to pick out his run with a raking 50-yard cross field ball, but the centre-half puts too much on it and it bounces out of play.

City yet to have an attack of our own.

7'

Break

It's another good opportunity for the Saints, as Stephens feeds Armstong, who surges unchallenged through midfield before working it wide to Djenepo.

The winger can't dig out a cross our a shot and his attempt to move the ball back inside comes to nothing as City crowd the visitors out on the edge of the box.

It's been an impressive start from Southampton.

5'

Visitors starting well

Southampton will be encouraged by the opening five minutes. They've looked assured and Bertrand has just slipped a ball down the channel for Armstong, who wins a corner.

Dead ball specialist takes charge with an outswinger from the right, but Fernandinho heads it clear for City.

2'

Saints on the ball

It's usually City who seize control of possession, but it's Southampton who've done so here. The visitors knock the ball around nicely from kick-off, working it forward before being forced back and Ryan Bertrand eventually loses it.

18:00

Kick-off

Can we get back to winning ways and go 14 points clear at the top of the table?

Let's find out.

Jonathan Moss' whistle rings out, the players take the knee and we are under way at the Etihad.

17:55

Nearly time!

Five minutes until we get under way at the Etihad. Here's a reminder of how the two teams line up:

CITY:  Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gündogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden. 

SOUTHAMPTON:  McCarthy, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bertrand, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Redmond, Adams. 

17:46

Pep Guardiola - Players always react well

How will City respond to Sunday's defeat? It's the big question ahead of tonight's game, but Guardiola has no doubts about his squad.

Here's what he's just told Sky Sports news ahead of kick-off:

"Always they react good. It doesn't matter on the result they always react good, in the good and bad moments. 

"It will be a really difficult game. I don't know if they’ll play four at the back, they play with four central defenders, maybe they play with five in the back. They have quality, speed up front. We will see."

17:38

Stat pack 📈

🔹 City have won seven of our eight most recent Premier League meetings with Southampton.

🔹 Southampton have only taken a point from nine away league games at since winning on their first visit to Etihad Stadium in April 2004.

🔹 City haven't lost consecutive home league fixtures since February 2016 under Manuel Pellegrini.

🔹 Pep Guardiola has never lost back-to-back home league games in his managerial career.

🔹 A team managed by Guardiola has never lost more than two top-flight home fixtures in a season. City have already lost twice at home.

🔹 A team managed by Guardiola has never lost more than two top-flight home fixtures in a seaso n. City have already lost twice at home.r.

17:34

Zinchenko - We'll try to be better

Oleksandr Zinchenko says the feeling in the City camp is good despite Sunday's set-back against United and the Ukrainian is eyeing the start of another good run of form against Southampton tonight.

"The feeling is alright. We’ve got some points ahead of everyone and we’re still playing in all competitions. We did some analysis about the game but this can happen to anyone. Today we will try to show our performance again, do it better and get three points as well.

It can happen, we are not robots, we are human beings. It’s football, especially Man United they’re a great team but we'll try and do another run, why not."

17:27

Neil Leigh - Live from the Etihad

It’s a wet and windy Wednesday night here at the Etihad as City resume Premier League action at home to Southampton. Typical Manchester weather cynics might say!

Pep Guardiola’s squad will, of course, be seeking a positive response in the wake of last Sunday’s 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester United which brought our remarkable 28-game unbeaten run to an end. There’s no lack of incentive for City tonight – not least the fact that a victory would extend our lead at the top of the table to 14 points with none of our rivals in action again until the weekend.

It won’t be easy as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have shown they do possess the capability to challenge the best – and it’s also worth remembering that the Saints reached the top of the Premier League for the first time in their history back in November.

However, one of the many distinguishing hallmarks of the superb City squad assembled by Pep is that whenever we have suffered a setback, the response is always swift, decisive and impressive. Here’s hoping that pattern continues tonight!

17:20

Andy Morrison - Adams a great outlet for Saints

"Che Adams gives them a great outlet. He will be the highest player, he gives them a focal point, they’ll try and get players close to him. Redmond plays off him very well. Obviously Ward-Prowse on the set plays, they’re very dangerous on set plays with two big centre halves and the delivery is excellent. They took great plaudits at the start of the season with the press and the energy, but I think when it started to go against them, maybe the depth of the squad didn’t help them. They probably came up a bit short in that area."

17:13

KDB leading the line?

There's no recognised striker in our starting XI this evening. Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden have all played as a false nine previously and Shaun Goater believes the Belgian could reprise that role this evening.

"If I stuck my head out I’d probably say KDB would be the one because when we've seen him play there he’s been superb and has been able to drop and get involved in the midfield. But Foden and Mahrez will also end up there as a centre forward position too, the rotation is so brilliant now. A really strong team, I’m excited when I look at this because these players will be wanting to get back on track."

17:05

Southampton team 😇📋

The visitors have made six changes following their win over Sheffield United last time out

Danny Ings misses out with the leg muscle injury he suffered against the Blades, whilst goalkeeper Alex McCarthy returns to the starting line-up.

XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bertrand, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Redmond, Adams.

SUBS: Forster, Walker-Peters, Ramsay, Diallo, Watts, Ferry, Minamino, Tella, Nlundulu. 

17:00

Team news 🔵📋

City make five changes to the side that started against United on Sunday.

Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all return to the starting XI, with Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Rodrigo, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus dropping to the bench.

XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gündogan, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden.

SUBS: Steffen, Stones, Sterling, Jesus, Agüero, Rodrigo, Torres, Mendy, Cancelo.

16:50

Joao Cancelo – I feel like a more complete player

Our Portuguese full-back has won plenty of plaudits this season for his unique approach to the full-back role. Cancelo has impressed with his ability to move inside and play as an extra midfielder and he says Pep Guardiola has instrumental in his development.

“He has had a huge influence on my role here at Manchester City,” Cancelo revealed in describing the impact of working under the boss. I was always used to play as a right back, but now I have learnt how to play in the midfield, with my back against the opponent's goal.

“It’s a completely different role and I give all the credit to Pep Guardiola for thinking about that and helping me develop in a different position on the pitch, in the midfield, alongside Rodri and Fernandinho, for instance.

“I feel like a more complete player now, both technically and tactically.”

Read Cancelo’s pre-match thoughts, HERE.

16:40

Alive and kicking

After Sunday’s derby defeat, much of the pre-match focus has inevitably been on how City will react after seeing our 21 match winning streak come to an end.

And Pep Guardiola is certain his players will respond in a positive manner this evening.

“What I see yesterday and today in the training session, I see the reaction of my players. The way they react, I have no doubts. Saying that, tomorrow they can lose. It can happen. But what I see in training, how they talk between themselves...the team is alive. We will move forward, we are in a good position.”

Watch the manager’s pre-match press conference, HERE.

16:30

Midweek magic ✨

We’re not stranger to a midweek fixture and Wednesday night games are ones we seem to particularly enjoy…

We’ve won 13 consecutive Premier League matches played on a Wednesday, the longest such run on that day in the competition's history.

16:20

An exchange of compliments

There’s admiration for the man in the opposite dugout from both Pep Guardiola and Ralph Hasenhuttl, with each manager saying some complimentary things at the pre-match press conference.

Guardiola on Southampton:

“I watch many Southampton games. The quality they do, we suffered a lot to beat them there. We will have to do a good performance tomorrow to get the result. I am a big fan of the style Ralph and his team play. It’s another test to play good and try to win.”

Hasenhuttl on City:

"They are very dominant, they have good counter-pressing. If you want to play football against them you do it under high pressure and finally also in the back four they have so much individual quality that it is tough to score against them, so this is a good combination of being successful and, for me, it is not a coincidence the team did not need fans in the stadium or something else, they are simply good. And simply good means that you then have a run like this, because winning games in such a row against opponents all over Europe, this you don't do if you are not strong, and they are strong."

16:10

Fitness news 📋

With Nathan Ake available for selection again, and no issues arising from Sunday’s Manchester derby, Guardiola has a fully fit squad to choose from for the second game in succession.

Southampton are expected to be without top scorer Danny Ings, who limped off in their previous game against Sheffield United.

It’s the same for Oriol Romeu, Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone, who are all ruled out with injury as well.

We’ll bring you tonight’s team news at 17:00 (UK).

16:00

We’re Not Really Here

Two legendary figures join us for tonight’s matchday show as Andy Morrison and Shaun Goater return as guests on We’re Not Really Here.

Natalie Pike is our host and the pre-match show will be live, right here, from 16:55 (UK). 

Our panel will bring you the usual mix of news, opinion and analysis and it’s a brilliant way to enjoy a City game.

As always, you can get involved and share your thoughts using the #WNRH on Twitter.

15:55

It's matchday! 👌

Hello and welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Premier League game against Southampton.

Having tasted defeat for the first time in 28 games last time out, Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to bounce back against the Saints this evening.

We get under way at the Etihad Stadium at 18:00 (UK) and our matchday coverage starts now.

We’ll have live updates throughout the build-up, during the game itself and after the full-time whistle, when we’ll bring you all the post-match reaction.

Stay tuned! 

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 28 +23 54
3 Leicester City 28 +16 53
4 Chelsea 28 +19 50
5 West Ham United 27 +11 48
6 Everton 27 +4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur 27 +18 45
8 Liverpool 28 +11 43
9 Aston Villa 26 +11 40
10 Arsenal 27 +7 38
11 Leeds United 27 -3 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace 28 -17 34
14 Southampton 28 -14 33
15 Burnley 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United 27 -17 27
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 -8 26
18 Fulham 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United 28 -29 14
Link To Full Table