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Southampton vs Manchester City at St. Mary's Stadium

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St. Mary's Stadium Referee : Simon Hooper
22nd January 2022 5:30 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Southampton

    • ‘7' Kyle Walker-Peters
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘65' Aymeric Laporte

#mancity

Commentary By John Edwards

20:15

Goodnight!

That's all from me this evening. 

We gave it our all at St Mary's, but it wasn't to be as a spirited Southampton performance prevented us from extending our Premier League winning streak to 13 games. 

You can check out all the match reaction below and highlights will be available to watch on mancity.com and the official app from 21:15 (UK).

The winter break means the players have two weeks to rest before our next game - an FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Championship leaders Fulham on Saturday 5 February.

As always, we'll have live coverage in our Matchday Centre, so I hope you can join us.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Blues. 

20:11

Laporte reaction: We are not happy to drop points

 We want to win every single game, so we are never happy to drop points, but we will fight until the end. This is what we have to do.

"Now we will focus on the next one and this is important to do this for the rest of the season."

20:08

Walker-Peters reaction: City made us dig deep

"We had to dig deep. I thought Man City were good but we held our own we had to defend quite deep but we did plan for it, we were prepared and we were ready and we stuck to the plan and we came away with a point so we are really happy."

19:59

Guardiola reaction: Good to hear title race is not over

"We have two weeks to prepare for the next game. People will say the Premier League race is not over and that is good for this side. We have many tough games ahead of us, but we will try to behave until the end.

"I would like to have a 40-point lead ahead of Liverpool, but that is not possible in January. I didn't expect to have this lead, but now we will rest and come back as best as possible."

19:55

Guardiola reaction: The performance was good

"We played really well. Unfortunately, in the first half we conceded a goal, but I think this was one of our best performances of the season, by far. They were incredibly organised and this is one of the best performances we played against them. 

“Yes, the result was not good, but in terms of performance and the way we played, it was excellent. We played better than in the Arsenal game, when we won, and today we drew. Sometimes you deserve it and you don't win, but the way we played here was excellent.”

19:51

Laporte reaction: Maybe we deserved more

"I think we played really well and maybe deserved more, but if we don't score more than one it's very difficult. They have good players here and the pitch is small, so it is a little bit more difficult.

"I would like to win three points tonight but they played very good. We played very well also. Sometimes you win when you don't deserve it and tonight we got a point when we maybe deserved a little bit more."

19:45

As it stands

Our Premier League winning streak comes to an end after being held by Southampton for a second time this season.

We remain top of the league, with 57 points from 23 matches, 12 points ahead of second-placed Liverpool, who have two games in hand.

19:34

500 Premier League points for Pep

He's reached the milestone quicker than any other manager in the competition's history, doing so in 213 games to overtake Jose Mourinho (231 games).

Another record for the boss! 👏

19:24

Full-time: Southampton 1-1 City

Despite City's best efforts, it ends all square at St Mary's as Aymeric Laporte's second half header cancels out Walker-Peters' brilliant early opener. 

Pep Guardiola's men threw everything at Southampton in the second half, grazing the woodwork twice, but the home side's stubborn defence held on for a point. 

90'+6'

One last push

Forster turns a De Bruyne effort behind the post and there's one last chance for City as the Belgian delivers a corner from the right, but the Saints defence holds firm and get the ball away.

90'+2'

Cleared

De Bruyne asks questions of the Saints defence, with a trademark good delivery, but they answer confidently with that man Salisu, who heads away from danger, again!

Open
90'+2'

Free-kick

Elyounoussi goes in the book for pulling down Kevin De Bruyne as he tries to motor through midfield.

It's a similar position to where the Belgian crossed for Laporte's goal...

90'

Stolen

It opens up for Kevin De Bruyne as he's released on the counter, but Salisu stops him in his tracks with a perfectly timed tackle.

The Saints' centre-back has been brilliant tonight. 

Open
88'

Blocked

City knocking the ball around nicely, as Rodrigo and Walker combine before the latter picks out Bernardo Silva inside the area. 

He clips it over to Grealish at the back post, but the ball doesn't drop quick enough for him and it gives Walker-Peters time to get in position to block his half volley.

Open
86'

Held

Ederson is called into action as Diallo drills a low effort towards goal from 20-yards, but it's straight at the City 'keeper, who gathers comfortably. 

85'

Final stages

Five minutes to go at St Mary's, where it's been all City for much of the contest.

Can we find a breakthrough? Can Southampton cling on? 

We've got form for late winners...

Open
80'

Ouch!

Stuart Armstrong could be in trouble here.

He catches Aymeric Laporte with a high foot just inside the City half.

It's a poor, mistimed challenge.... and it's also going to be checked by VAR.

Possible red card incoming...

Open
77'

VAR check: Penalty

Big moment here.

VAR are checking whether a foul on Kevin De Bruyne took place inside the area.

It was right on the edge as the Belgian burst between Romeu and Salisu and fell to the ground. 

There's a long wait....

Deserved equaliser

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"The goal was no more than we deserved and it’s hard to see Southampton clinging on for a point based on what we’re seeing. It’s been a dominant display by the champions – can we go and get a winner? Our fans have been fantastic this evening and never stopped singing."

Open
72'

So close!

Fraser Forster has been City's nemesis today and he's just come up trumps again for the home side.

Gabriel Jesus arrives at the far post to meet a cross from the left, nodding it towards goal from a tight angle, but the Saints 'keeper gets a cross his line to prevent it creeping inside his near post.  

Surely our second half dominance will pay off, here. SURELY!?

Open
71'

Off the post!

City clip the woodwork again!

This time it's Kevin De Bruyne, who fashions a shooting opportunity on the edge of the area.

It's a lovely curling effort from the Belgian, and Forster looks well beaten, but his accuracy is a little off and it grazes the outside of the right post. 

Open
70'

Blocked

The ball drops for Foden 10-yards from goal, but his snap shot is blocked by Salisu, who takes it square in the face.

He's been a wall for Southampton tonight, but that will have hurt Ghanaian.

Open
65'

GOAL! Southampton 1-1 City (Laporte)

It's been coming!

Kevin De Bruyne curls a free-kick in from the right and Aymeric Laporte times his run perfectly and arrives unmarked to nod post Forster.

Brilliant!

62'

Stoppage

Stuart Armstrong has gone down with an injury and it's a chance for the rest of the players to take on some water.

And a chance for Pep Guardiola to deliver some instructions to his team.

Open
60'

City sub

First change of the evening from Pep Guardiola.

Gabriel Jesus on for Raheem Sterling and the Brazilian's first involvement sees him centimetres away from connecting with a Cancelo ball at the far post. 

Next goal huge

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"Saints camped in their own final third is inviting trouble – not many defences in world football can just defend, defend, defend against this City attack. But we have been fortunate not concede a second again on the counter. Next goal will be huge."

59'

Against the bar!

It's inches away from Rodrigo!

The Spaniard collects the ball on the edge of the area and tries to bend one into the far corner, but he gets a little bit too much on it and it grazes the top off the bar on its way over.

We're getting closer!

Open
54'

Phew!

Nerve-racking stuff, this!

From the resulting corner, Salisu heads the ball back across goal for Broja, but the forward can only head against the post before Bednarek blazes the rebound over from six-yards.

Not many teams create this many chances against Guardiola's men. 

Open
52'

What a block!

Brilliant, Aymeric Laporte!

It's another heart in mouth moment for City as Armstrong surges through midfield and sets Broja clear.

He looks to have too much pace for Laporte, but the Frenchman recovers and slides in to make a vital block as the striker pulls the trigger. 

49'

Off target

Laporte meets Foden's inswinging corner at the far post but his head lacks direction and Southampton clear.

The Frenchman stays forward and when De Bruyne delivers a cross from deep he does better, but his second attempt lacks the power to trouble Forster.

City continuing where we left off at the break. Can the Saints defence keep this up?

Open
47'

Tipped away

Kyle Walker cuts the ball back on the half volley to Rodrigo on the edge of the Southampton area and the Spaniard's own half volley is pushed behind for a corner by Forster.

It looked as if it was going wide but the Saints man took no chances and the resulting corner comes to nothing.

Open
46'

Great stop

Southampton win an early corner and it's curled in from the left by Ward-Prowse.

Bednarek gets across his man at the front post to glance it goalwards, but Ederson is there to beat it away. 

HT

Onuoha on Sterling chance

"He’d expect to score there, as we would too. That’s a shame because he breaks his back to get into them positions when the ball is on the other side. For Raheem, just try and take it upon yourself to be the difference maker and the spark. When the spark arrives, then you see them at your absolute best."
 

HT

Dickov and Onuoha's analysis

Our Matchday Live panel don't think there's any reason to panic just yet.

Onuoha: "I don’t think it’s that bad. If it was 0-0 then you’d feel they can still do it, but when you concede a goal like that, people’s perceptions change. City had the best chance of the game with Sterling. But that’s football. An early goal in the second half for City should tee up a competitive finish to the game."

Dickov: "What a finish. The technique on the finish was unstoppable, nothing Ederson could have done about it. It changes people’s perception of what happened in the first half. I’m still alright, I’m still confident. They will tire as the game goes on and I can see more chances coming in the second half."

HT

Positive signs

It was all City towards the end of the first half and David Clayton - our man at St Mary's - thinks it's only a matter of time before we get an equaliser.

"The longer the half went on, the more dangerous we looked. Not going Raheem’s way so far and will be disappointed to have not scored with that terrific opportunity. But the chances we’ve created suggest one will go in eventually." 

HT

Half-time: Southampton 1-0 City

Walker-Peters' fine goal the difference at the break.

City have huffed and puffed, with Sterling missing a glorious opportunity, but it's the home side who go in the happier of the two teams.

45+1'

Crucial touch

It's one way traffic with City bombarding the Southampton box as Kyle Walker fires in another cross from the right.

It's a looping, high ball intended for the unmarked Grealish at the far post, but Walker-Peters makes a crucial intervention, with a backwards header that diverts it away from the midfielder. 

45'

Tackle!

Walker gets down the right again and pulls it back to Sterling inside the area, but Salisu makes a perfectly timed tackle to nudge the ball away before the winger can get his shot off. 

Committed defending from the Saints in the last 10 minutes. 

Open
44'

Saints wall

Another City attack, another claim from from Fraser Forster.

This time Rodrigo plays the ball out to Walker on the right, who drills a low ball into the six-yard box. All it needs is a touch, but the Saints keeper gets down to gather it into his chest. 

Open
42'

Wide

City come again as Sterling cuts it back on the right for Bernardo, who curls a teasing ball into the box.

Bednarek heads it clear, but only as far as Rodrigo, who takes it on his chest and takes on the volley, but the Spaniard's effort rolls harmlessly wide.

Open
39'

Ahhhhh!

A golden opportunity goes begging for Raheem Sterling!

Foden motors down the left before firing a low ball into the six-yard box for the unmarked Sterling who sends a side foot effort straight at Forster's legs. 

City's No.7 will be kicking himself after that, but it's a sign we're starting to get a little more joy. 

37'

Counter

Redmond carries the ball through midfield and tries to pick out Armstrong with a ball in behind Laporte.

The Frenchman reads it though and knocks it back to Ederson, who thumps it clear. 

We've still not managed to get fully on top on the south coast. 

Open
34'

Effort

Oh, that's not far away from Raheem Sterling. 

He's picked out by a short pass inside from Bernardo, cutting back inside Adams in the area and trying to curl the ball into the far corner with his left foot. 

It's a decent effort from the winger, but it sails just over the crossbar. 

City crowded out

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"What Southampton have been doing well is crowding our midfielders out every time we have the ball. Two or three of them are on Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Rodrigo every time they receive it and it’s worked well for them so far.  

"Keeping that up for 90 minutes is another thing. We’ve been fortunate a couple of times at the back as well, so Pep will no doubt want to tweak things at the break if stays this way."

Open
32'

Free-kick

Grealish wins a free-kick from Bednarek, but tempers flare after Romeu appears to suggest our No.10 went too easily.

There's a bit of pushing and shoving before the referee calls both players over and awards Bednarek a yellow card for catching the midfielder on the ankle.

A definite yellow.

Open
28'

Offside!

City breathe another sigh of relief at St Mary's!

Che Adams slips the ball between the City defence for Broja, who is caught by Ederson as he tries to go round the goalkeeper, but the assistant referee's flag is up for offside before a penalty can be awarded. 

The Saints are looking dangerous, here.

Open
27'

Saved

That's better!

Laporte feeds the ball into Foden in midfield, who swivels and releases Grealish in behind the Saints defence.

He's marshalled all the way to the byline by Salisu, but manages to get a shot off that Forster diverts away with his foot.

The angle was always against him.

Open
25'

Foul

Perraud wriggles away from Sterling on the left and our No.7 is penalised as he tries to win the ball back.

It's proving to be quite the battle between those two...

Open
22'

Offside!

It's a huge let off for City as Romeu clips a pass in behind the City defence into the path of Broja, who kills it with a deft touch and slots it past Ederson.

The striker had set off too early though, and his celebrations are short lived as the assistant referee flags for offside.

Southampton will be encouraged by the opening 20 mins.

20'

Overhit

De Bruyne collects the ball deep in the Southampton half, out on the left and spots Bernardo on the opposite flank.

The Belgian tries to arc a ball into his team-mates path at the far post, but he gets far too much on it and it floats out of play. 

We're just lacking our usual precision in attack at the moment. 

18'

Nice

Kevin De Bruyne picks Cancelo out with a precise ball and the full-back scampers to the touchline before trying to cut the ball back into the six-yard box, but Forster covers his angles to comfortably gather it up.

14'

Cleared

It looks like there might be another moment of danger for City as Broja powers down the right. The striker hangs up an inviting ball into the six-yard box, but there's no one there to meet it and Walker heads clear.

City fans in fine voice

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"Didn’t see that coming. We’d started so well, looked bright and lively but we just got caught out down our left. Obviously loads of time left to put things right and I can report the City fans are now singing louder than they were before we went behind."

12'

Pressing

Bernardo and De Bruyne both pushing up right alongside Grealish as we try to win the ball back, but Southampton move the ball well, to reinforce Guardiola's pre-match praise. 

Open
7'

Goal. Southampton 1-0 City (Walker-Peters)

It's a nightmare start as we go from a promising attack to picking the ball out the net, but what a goal from Walker-Peters.

He carries the ball down the right from half-way and keeps on running after moving the ball on to Redmond, he turns the ball back inside for the right-back to fire a half volley into the far corner that gave Ederson no chance.

That's his first Premier League goal and it's given City work to do.

6'

Nearly!

City move the ball from left to right, with Cancelo, Foden and Grealish all involved before Sterling takes control.

He tries to pick out Walker to his right, but doesn't get enough on it and Armstrong intercepts the pass.

The Portuguese would have had a clear sight of goal if the ball had made it through.

4'

Free-kick

Ward-Prowse intercepts a Laporte pass on halfway and Southampton look to counter with Adams, but the Scotland international is brought down by Dias. 

The set-piece is too far out for the Saints' skipper to have a shot, so he swings it from the right and Salisu gets a head to it, but it lacks direction and power.

3'

Front three

Grealish has started in the middle of the front three (though he is popping up everywhere). 

Foden on the left and Sterling on the opposite flank. He was really impressive there against Chelsea last week.

1'

Free-kick

Grealish cuts inside and is fouled by Romeu as City win an early free-kick.

Foden delivers from the left, but it's headed behind for a corner, which is taken short and comes to nothing. 

17:27

Nearly time

The players head out of the tunnel and kick-off is moments away!

Here's a reminder of how the two teams line up:

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias (C), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Sterling.

SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud, Redmond, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), S.Armstrong, Adams, Broja.

17:19

Happy memories

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"Last time I was here, I was walking down from the press box (which is at the top of the stand at St Mary’s) deep into added time with the intention of continuing the Matchday Centre down by the pitch so I could be in place for the post-match interview. 

"I got halfway down, Kevin De Bruyne played a long ball into the path of Gabriel Jesus who raced onto it, lobbed the keeper to give us a 1-0 win. I had to race back to my seat to add the small matter of us scoring. That’s how I recall it, anyway. 

"It was on the final day of the 2017/18 season and meant we’d got the win needed to get to 100 points. The celebrations on the pitch, off it and on the touchline were something else."

17:16

Pep's pre-match thoughts

Here's what the boss had to say in his pre-match TV interview.

On what he expects from Southampton:

"The same performance from them and hopefully a better performance from us. I think they are going to try to win the game, to press high. We’ll see. We’ll have to adapt in different ways."

On players ignoring title talk:

"They know with the experience they have that we are going to drop points, to lose games. It’s how we react in that moment.  It’s normal that after 12 victories in a row, the people think we are unbeatable, but it is not true. 

"We are going to drop points, hopefully not today, but it is how you react in that position. We are in January, nobody is champion. There are incredibly tough games ahead of us. From our experience, it is always tough against Saints under Ralph and today will be no exception."

17:07

Bernardo 'getting better and better'

Paul Dickov:  "He’s the catalyst 90% of the time when we go pressing. He just doesn’t stop. The distance he covers has to be more than any other PL player. He’s just getting better and better. This season he is the player of the season alongside Rodri and Cancelo. He’s playing regularly and is one of the first names on the team sheet."

17:03

Stat pack

🔹 We have won eight of our10 most recent league meetings with Southampton.

🔹 The Saints earned a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture but haven't avoided defeat in both league encounters in a season since 2002-03.

🔹 City have won 12 Premier League games in a row by an aggregate score of 34-7. The 36 points we have accrued since losing to Crystal Palace in October is 13 more than any other side in the division.

🔹 We have won the last 19 league fixtures in which we have scored first.

🔹 Our 13 clean sheets is a top-flight high this season. Only two of the 13 goals conceded by City have come before half-time, the fewest in the division.

16:56

Wary of Ward-Prowse

Giving away free-kicks in dangerous areas is something City will want to avoid today, with Southampton having James Ward-Prowse in their ranks. 

The Saints skipper is the best set-piece taker in the world right now, according to Pep Guardiola:

 "There is no better taker. Southampton have the best free-kick taker I have ever seen, or at least he is in the world right now.

"He is so good that maybe you miss a little bit of the footballer player. He is a team player of great quality, without the ball and with the ball.

"He really understands the game but it is his free-kicks, set-pieces, and corners that people pay more attention to."

16:53

Dave Clayton at St Mary's

‘"Bat Out of Hell’ playing on the St Mary’s PA in homage to the late, great, Meat Loaf. If City go on to win the Premier League and Champions League this season – and we are more than good enough to achieve that notable double – but the FA Cup happened to end up elsewhere, we could play ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ in Meat’s honour next May. Just a thought! "

16:47

Onuoha: Southampton a good test

Southampton have lost just one in 10 at home and Nedum Onuoha thinks they'll pose a stern test today.

"Most of their troubles are away from home. They’re a good side and a confident side. Getting the draw earlier in the season against us will work for them. They lost their last game so will be looking for a reaction. I think it’ll be a good test for City."
 

16:42

Dickov and Onuoha on team news

Is this our strongest XI at the moment? Paul Dickov certainly thinks so! 

Onuoha: "One change feels weird! It’s a really strong team regardless. Dias comes in as captain and it’s a really good looking City side and hopefully the performance can match it!"

Dickov: "That’s probably the strongest team we’ve got. Southampton are in a good run of form themselves but they’re one of the teams we failed to score against this season. Going forward it’s just quite scary when you think about it!"

16:36

Talking tactics

With Dias for Stones a like for like replacement, we can expect City to line up in Guardiola’s 4-3-3 formation, just as we did at the Etihad Saturday.

The Portuguese will partner Aymeric Laporte at centre-half, with Kyle Walker at right-back and Joao Cancelo on the opposite flank.

Rodrigo will sit deepest in midfield, with Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva ahead of him, behind a front three of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling. 

It was Foden who led the forward line against Chelsea, but all three players have done so on occasion this season and they could well interchange across the 90 minutes. 

16:33

Southampton team 🔴📋

Former City player Willy Caballero is on the bench for the home side, who make three changes following last weekend's defeat to Wolves.

Kyle Walker-Peters, Stuart Armstong and Che Adams all come into the side, with Lyanco, Nathan Tella and Ibrahima Diallo making way.

XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud, Redmond, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), S.Armstrong, Adams, Broja.

SUBS: Caballero, Lyanco, Valery, Stephens, Diallo, Elyounoussi, Walcott, A.Armstrong, Long. 

16:30

Team news 🔵📋

Here is your starting line-up and it’s a familiar looking one, with Pep Guardiola making just one change to the team that beat Chelsea last weekend. 

Ruben Dias comes back into the side, replacing John Stones at centre-half. 

XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias (C), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Sterling.

SUBS: Carson, Slicker, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, McAtee, Wilson-Esbrand.

16:27

A battle of wits

David Clayton at St Mary's:

"As always when Pep Guardiola and Ralph Hasenhuttl go head-to-head, it will be a fascinating tactical battle. Pep rates the Austrian boss very highly, as he has commented many times. 

"Did Saints catch us on an off-colour day in that 0-0 draw earlier in the season or was it more that they didn’t allow us to play our normal game? 

"Expect the hosts to press high and try and stop us playing out from the back. I’m just hoping the Saints boss still has one of his fashionable waistcoats on today!"

16:21

Hasenhuttl: City the best in the league

Some kind words from the Saints’ boss in his pre-match assessment…

“We have shown a good performance against them in the first game this season. The situation is a bit different now. First, they have a whole week to prepare for this game. They had no game in the week. They have no game next week so they will come with the best possible squad. They have time to prepare for us and I am sure Pep will take this game very serious, even though he has a big lead at the moment, with an amazing run of winning games. 

“That shows how consistent they are, how good they are, how fantastic the job is that they are doing at the moment. Even in the COVID situation, they have always played their games and for me, by far, not only because of the points they have, they are the best team in the league.”

16:17

Guardiola fully focused on City

With Pep Guardiola turning 51 earlier this week, his future plans were up for discussion at Friday's press conference as journalists quizzed him on whether he had thought about his next coaching role.

No, is the short answer, but here's what he had to say. 

"I am not thinking about that.  I am not a guy to think much in the future when I have the contract I have. I feel protected here. I feel good, I feel comfortable.

“They gave me everything so I cannot betray them, or have them feel I had done something wrong to them. It would not be nice from my side. Together we have made decisions in the past, to extend the contract two times and it will be the same now. It depends how they feel about me and how I feel with the Club."

💙

16:08

Guardiola: Southampton an ‘incredible challenge’

The boss can chalk up 500 Premier League points as City boss with a win or a draw today, but, unsurprisingly his primary concern is on his team’s performance and the opposition.

“I am just focused on the Southampton game,” he stressed at his pre-match press conference.

“I couldn't care less [what we have done] it is past. My focus in the last week is on Southampton, that’s all. I am not thinking about that (reaching 500 points). It will happen sooner or later. It (my focus) is Southampton.

“We struggled in the first leg last season when we played there. It’s a tough team. A really, really tough team. It’s always a tough game with the quality they have. The manager (Ralph Hasenhuttl) is exceptional, one of the best in the Premier League by far.

“The players know we have an incredible challenge tomorrow.”

16:04

The view from St Mary's

Club Journalist David Clayton is our man at a chilly Southampton today and he's predicting a tight contest:

"It’s grey and very cold here on the south coast. I don’t recall the last game we played in sunshine, but hopefully we can turn in a performance that warms us all up today. 

"Lots of City fans milling around St Mary’s, which overlooks the docks here in Southampton and we've taken our full allocation as usual. Looking at the Saints’ home record, they don’t give away too much on their own turf – just one home loss in 10 and nine goals conceded. 

"Think this will be tight, too."

15:57

Early team news

Today’s line-ups will be released in just over 30 minutes time, but we do already have an idea of who is and isn’t available after the managers’ pre-match press conferences earlier this week.

Despite Algeria’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations, Riyad Mahrez is not involved. He has been granted a week off before returning to action with City.

Nathan Ake is available after missing last weekend’s win over Chelsea, but Pep Guardiola has ruled Oleksandr Zinchenko out.

Southampton will be without the injured trio of Tino Livramento, Alex McCarthy and Will Smallbone, whilst Moussa Djenepo is away at the African Cup of Nations.

15:47

Get involved 📱

The below highlights are a reminder of just how tricky an opponent Southampton have been during our last few meetings. 

The Saints held us to a draw when they visited the Etihad in September, so fingers crossed Pep and the boys can go one better this time around. 

So, what are you expecting from today’s game? What team would you pick?

Let us know your thoughts using #ManCity on Twitter and, don’t forget, you can ask a question to our Matchday Live panel by messaging +447537186538 on WhatsApp. 

Audience participation is very much encouraged!

15:38

Matchday Live 📺

Paul Dickov and Nedum Onuoha are today’s Matchday Live pundits and will be joined by presenter Natalie Pike in the studio at the Etihad Stadium.

The show begins at 16:25 (UK) with an hour of pre-match build-up and our panel will reconvene at both half-time and full-time to share their thoughts on the action at St Mary’s.

As always it will provide a healthy dose of City-centric entertainment and analysis, and, whilst I may be biased, it is the perfect accompaniment to your matchday.

We’ve also got you covered during the game, as Alistair Mann and Shaun Goater are providing audio commentary, which you can listen to right here in the Matchday Centre. 

Both Matchday Live and match commentary can be accessed at the top of this page.

15:30

Southampton v City

Good afternoon!

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Premier League game against Southampton.

The two teams played out a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium in September, but Pep Guardiola’s men will be aiming to take all three points in the reverse fixture as we look to record a 13th consecutive league victory.

The game kicks-off at 17:30 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action, as I’ll be providing live updates throughout the build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Stay tuned for a sky-blue tinted take on proceedings! 

Other games that day

  • Leeds United0
    Newcastle United1
    FT
  • Brentford1
    Wolverhampton Wanderers2
    FT
  • Manchester United1
    West Ham United0
    FT
  • Everton0
    Aston Villa1
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 23 +28 44
4 Manchester United 22 +6 38
5 West Ham United 23 +10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 +4 36
7 Arsenal 20 +8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 +3 34
9 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford 20 -17 14
20 Burnley 17 -11 11
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