LIVE: Manchester City vs Southampton

LIVE: Manchester City vs Southampton

Southampton

46′ Substitution Moussa Djenepo Nathan Tella

Despite the scoreline, Southampton will be impressed with their first-half efforts. They looked threatening going forward and were unlucky not to add to their one goal. But it is important they do not let their heads drop and try to stay in this contest upon its resumption.

Those two late goals at the end of the first half have put Man City in control at the break. Despite a slow start, the hosts took the lead through Kevin De Bruyne, but were pegged back by James Ward-Prowse’s well-taken penalty. However, they regained their advantage through Riyad Mahrez before Ilkay Gundogan’s stoppage-time strike gave them breathing space going into the second half.

45′ + 4′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 SOUTHAMPTON

Manchester City

45′ + 3′ GUNDOGAN!!! 3-1! Mahrez bursts into life as he exchanges passes with De Bruyne on the edge of the box, before seeing his low shot cannon back off the post. However, Gundogan is quickly on the scene to tuck away the rebound.

45′ The fourth official raises his board to indicate that there will be a minimum of three additional minutes at the end of this first half.

42′ Southampton will be pleased with their first-half display, but that was a glaring reminder that you simply cannot afford that level of sloppiness against City and for it to go unpunished.

Manchester City

40′ MAHREZ!!! 2-1 CITY! And it’s a nightmare for Adams! The Southampton striker looks to switch the play, but only succeeds in sending the ball straight to Mahrez. The Algerian ruthlessly punishes the error as he cuts inside onto his favoured left foot, before whipping a powerful shot beyond McCarthy at the far post.

39′ A concern for the Saints as Djenepo appeared to hurt himself after that shot. The visitors’ medical team is quickly on to see to the midfielder, who will be hopeful he can continue here.

37′ CHANCE! City caught in possession outside their own penalty area and Southampton look to capitalise. The ball is threaded through for the onrushing Djenepo, but he is unable to keep his shot on target.

36′ Not one of Ward-Prowse’s finest deliveries in all fairness as he whips the ball way over the crossbar and it is never troubling Ederson.

35′ The Saints continue to apply the pressure and are awarded a free-kick just over 25 yards from goal. This is Ward-Prowse territory…

33′ Great effort! At the other end, Ward-Prowse unleashes a ferocious strike from around 30 yards out. His shot is dipping and Ederson is forced to tip it over the bar.

31′ NO PENALTY! But respect to Foden! The City youngster is tripped by McCarthy, who got into a right tangle inside the penalty area. However, rather than appeal, Foden quickly gets back to his feet as he looks to slot the ball home, but Southampton quickly recover in numbers and the chance goes begging. Following a VAR check, play goes on.

29′ The hosts look to respond with space opening up for Fernandinho to try his luck from distance. However, the Brazilian’s ambitious attempt is always rising.

27′ For the second game running, City are punished after conceding a penalty. It was sloppy play by Laporte, but full marks to Ward-Prowse for the clinical manner in which he converted the spot-kick.

J. Ward-Prowse

Penalty Goal

Southampton

25′ WARD-PROWSE!!! 1-1! The Southampton skipper equalises! Ward-Prowse steps up to the penalty spot and calmly drills the ball down the middle of the goal, evading the dive of Ederson.

24′ PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON! The referee points to the spot after Laporte drags down Vestergaard, whose initial thumping header was somehow kept out by Ederson.

23′ Good effort! Southampton look to stem the tide with a neat exchange of passes resulting in Redmond finding space to run into. He looks for the far corner and Ederson has to turn it away to safety.

21′ The goal has certainly settled the hosts down as they comfortably maintain possession and the gulf in quality is gradually becoming more evident.

19′ City are seeking their 14th consecutive victory in a Premier League match played on a Wednesday. Their current tally of 13 is a record for that particular day.

17′ The brilliant Belgian’s fourth Premier League goal of the season has sparked City into life. The whole complexion of the game appears to have changed in that moment, with the hosts now very much on the front foot.

Manchester City

15′ DE BRUYNE!!! 1-0 MAN CITY! Smash and grab by the Premier League leaders! With their first attack of the game, the hosts edge their noses in front. A terrific diagonal ball sends Zinchenko clear down the left. His cross is met by Foden, who is denied by McCarthy, but De Bruyne is quickly on the scene to gobble up the rebound.

13′ Southampton’s positive start is all the more impressive when you consider that they have lost seven of their last 10 games in all competitions. The Saints were also beaten 9-0 on their last visit to Manchester.

11′ Opposite number Hasenhuttl will be greatly encouraged by the start his side have made to this game. The Saints have been positive going forward, but just need a bit more quality in the final third.

9′ Of course, it is early days yet, but it is worth noting that Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games during his managerial career. The Spaniard will be very keen to ensure that impressive record remains firmly intact here.

7′ Southampton have enjoyed a whopping 73 per cent of the possession inside the opening seven minutes. However, the Saints will be aware that they must capitalise when in the ascendancy, or City will eventually punish them.

5′ Following a good spell of pressure from the visitors, City deal with Ward-Prowse’s corner before Djenepo runs the ball out of play.

3′ The Saints have made a positive start in their quest for a first victory at the Etihad since April 2004. James Beattie and Kevin Phillips were the scorers that day.

1′ The referee blows his whistle and Southampton get the match underway.

The teams are out and kick-off is fast approaching at the Etihad.

City have won seven of the last eight meetings between the sides; scoring 18 goals along the way. Their only defeat during that span came courtesy of a 1-0 reverse at the back end of last season.

As for Southampton, there are six changes from their win over Sheffield United. Ralph Hasenhuttl is without Danny Ings, who misses out after sustaining a muscle injury at Bramall Lane. There is also a change in goal with Alex McCarthy replacing Fraser Forster. Che Adams is among the other players recalled to the starting line-up.

Pep Guardiola makes five changes as he looks to put Sunday’s derby defeat firmly behind his team. Notably, Raheem Sterling drops to the bench, but there are recalls for Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden. Again, Guardiola opts to name a starting 11 without a recognised striker, as Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus take their places among the substitutes.

SUBS: Fraser Forster, Kyle Walker-Peters, Kayne Ramsay, Ibrahima Diallo, Will Ferry, Caleb Watts, Nathan Tella, Takumi Minamino, Daniel N’Lundulu.

SOUTHAMPTON (5-4-1): Alex McCarthy; Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Jack Stephens, Mohammed Salisu, Ryan Bertrand; Moussa Djenepo, James Ward-Prowse (captain), Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond; Che Adams.

SUBS: Zack Steffen, John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy, Rodri, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho (captain), Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden.

Man City are aiming to get back to winning ways after seeing their 21-game streak ended by rivals Manchester United on Sunday. Whereas, Southampton will look to make it back-to-back victories following their weekend success at Sheffield United.

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