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Summary

  1. Man City XI: Caballero, Sagna, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling, Aguero
  2. Southampton XI: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Long

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By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'City were exceptional'

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender at the Etihad for 5 live Sport

    "De Bruyne was brilliant and the difference between the two sides, and City were exceptional in the first half."

  2. FULL-TIME

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Manchester City bounce back after two defeats with a much-needed win over Southampton, who improved in the second half but not enough to salvage anything from the game.

    That's it from this game but you can follow reaction to the match and Saturday's other fixtures here.

  3. Post update

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    There will be three minutes of added time at the Etihad Stadium. 

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    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Kevin de Bruyne is a bit special. He plays a first-time cross from the right which Wilfried Bony horribly mistimes.

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    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Just when Man City looked comfortable, Southampton give them a scare as Sadio Mane has a shot palmed wide by keeper Willy Caballero. Southampton are not giving this up lightly.

  6. Post update

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Manchester City look in control now after restoring their two goal lead. 

  7. Goal replay

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    A second Kevin de Bruyne assist. The Belgian found Aleksander Kolarov well to fire home from an angle.

    Goal
  8. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 3-1 Southampton

    The home side let out one of the biggest cheers of the afternoon as David Silva comes on after nine games out with an ankle injury. The Spaniard replaces Raheem Sterling.

  9. GOAL - Man City 3-1 Southampton

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates

    Manchester City score against the run of play. Kevin de Bruyne shows great awareness to delay his cross before picking out the unmarked Aleksandar Kolarov, who controls the ball before driving in a left-foot shot.  

  10. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Just seen a replay of that Shane Long penalty appeal and he had a good claim as his shot appeared to hit the arm of Fernandinho.

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    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Man City keeper Willy Caballero isn't inspiring the greatest confidence as he saves a Dusan Tadic shot but almost palms it straight into the path of Shane Long.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Sergio Aguero

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has had his injury troubles and manager Manuel Pellegrini will have more concerns over his striker as he takes him off.

    Aguero lands awkwardly as he fails to get on the end of a cross and hobbles off, with Wilfried Bony coming on in his place.

  13. CLOSE!

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Southampton forward Dusan Tadic is allowed to waltz through the heart of the Manchester City defence before he has a chipped shot palmed away by keeper Willy Caballero.

    Striker Shane Long hits the rebound into a crowded box and the ball is deflected wide as the visitors appeal in vain for handball.

  14. YELLOW CARD

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    James Ward-Prowse is booked for a foul on Raheem Sterling and referee Roger East quickly has his yellow card out of his pocket again as City centre-back Martin Demechelis is punished for bringing down Shane Long.

  15. Goal replay

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Simple as you like from Southampton for their goal. Steven Davis to Dusan Tadic to Sadio Mane, whose cross is headed in from close range by Shane Long.  

    Shane Long goal
  16. 'Defender had no chance'

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Dion Dublin

    Former Aston Villa striker on Final Score

     "Shane Long gets up very early, he does not give the defender a chance, he puts his elbow on the shoulder and he can't get up, a great goal."  

  17. 'A simple goal for Southampton'

    Man City 2-1 Southampton

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender at the Etihad for 5 live Sport

    "Great cross into the box and a simple goal for Southampton. 

    "Sterling allowed Bertrand to run in behind him. It was a great climb by Long, a powerful header, and the City keeper had no chance. Suddenly, it's now game on! 

    "City had been so dominant, but they switched off for just 30 seconds and now they've conceded."

  18. GOAL

    Shane Long

    Shane Long celebrates

    It's just got rather interesting at the Etihad Stadium. Sadio Mane swings a dangerous cross to the far post and Shane Long beats defender Martin Demechelis to the ball as he heads in.

  19. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    A bit of deja vu from the frsit half at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City start the second half strongly and Raheem Sterling robs Maya Yoshida. This thime, though, there is no goal as Fabian Delph can't control Sterling's pull-back and Southampton clear their lines.

  20. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton make a change at half-time with Dusan Tadic coming on for Oriol Romeu.

    City are unchanged as the second half get under way... 

  21. HALF-TIME

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Manchester City are showing possession is not always king...

    Man City v Southampton
  22. 'Saints are lucky'

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender at the Etihad for 5 live Sport

    "Southampton looked good for about 30 seconds which woke City up and they have been brilliant since and superb going forwards. Southampton have given the ball away unnecessarily in dangerous areas of the pitch in the middle and final third.

    "They are lucky it is only 2-0. The next goal is crucial, if Southampton are able to nick it then game on, but if City get it then we might as well go home and get by the fire."

  23. HALF-TIME

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Steve Bower

    BBC football commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City started with real intent and are in charge at the break."

  24. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk both receive treatment. Both seem OK to continue, with van Dijk sporting a bandage around his head.

  25. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    The visitors give the ball away again and, after Yaya Toure makes a powerful run into the Southampton area, only a heavy touch by the Ivory Coast midfielder lets keeper Maarten Stekelenburg the chance to intercept the ball and stop him getting in a shot on goal.

  26. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton striker Shane Long makes a run behind the Manchester City defence and attempts a first-time shot from the edge of the box which is saved by keeper Willy Caballero.

  27. Manchester monsoon

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Steve Bower

    BBC football commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "The conditions are not getting any easier. The rain is getting heavier."

  28. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Manchester City are pressing high up the pitch and you can see this from the average positions just after the half-hour mark...

    Man City v Southampton
  29. SUBSTITUTION

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Jose Fonte is not going to come back on the pitch and Southampton replace the injured centre-back with Steven Caulker.

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    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Manchester City almost take advantage of Jose Fonte being off. Yaya Toure releases Kevin de Bruyne down the right flank and he puts in a low cross which is missed by Sergio Aguero and blazed over the visitors' goal by Raheem Sterling.

  31. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Jose Fonte receives treatment

    Southampton are down to 10 men for the time being as defender Jose Fonte has gone off for treatment.

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    Man City 2-0 Southampton

  33. 'City have been outstanding'

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender at the Etihad for 5 live Sport

    "City deserve that, maybe justice has been done, because just before Delph's strike Steven Davis did seem to lean his arm out. But it was a magnificent strike from Delph, it hits van Dijk on the way through and wrong foots Stekelenburg.

    "City have been magnificent, this is the proper City. Last week they were terrible but this week outstanding."

  34. Post update

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Willy Caballero does not look too convincing in the Manchester City goal. He weakly palms a James Ward-Prowse free-kick out and Victor Wanyama hooks in a shot which the keeper blocks away. Good and bad from the Argentine keeper.

  35. CLOSE!

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk shows a nice little sidestep 25 yards out before unleashing a shot which comes back off the crossbar with keeper Willy Caballero well beaten.

  36. 'Justice has been done'

    Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Kevin Kilbane

    Former Everton winger on Final Score

    "There was a handball that should have been a penalty that diverted the ball behind, but from the resulting corner City scored. So maybe justice has been done."  

  37. GOAL - Man City 2-0 Southampton

    Fabian Delph

    Fabian Delph celebrates

    Manchester City have a strong case for a penalty when a Fernandinho header appears to be blocked by the arm of Steven Davis but the home side don't dwell on the decision as they score their second goal.

    A corner finds Fabian Delph just outside the area and his shot goes in off Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

  38. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Manchester City were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool last week when they struggled to cope with the pressing high up the pitch by the Reds.

    City look like they've learnt a few lessons as they have an urgency and intensity about them which Southampton are struggling to cope with.

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  40. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Maya Yoshida really cost Southampton when he squandered possession and Raheem Sterling took advantage to find Kevin de Bruyne. Clinically punished...

    City goal
  41. Post update

    Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Southampton are making life particularly hard for themselves. This time it's Oriol Romeu who gives the ball away as his stray pass finds Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian slides a pass through to striker Sergio Aguero but he is foiled by on-rushing keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

  42. 'Well done Raheem Sterling!'

    Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Kevin Kilbane

    Former Everton winger on Final Score

    "Sterling did brilliantly. Yoshida is trying to get back into a defensive position but Sterling just held onto the ball for a moment and was then able to pick out De Bruyne with the perfect cross. Well done Raheem Sterling!"

  43. 'This is the sort of game Man City have to win'

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender at the Etihad for 5 live Sport

    Sergio Aguero, Man City

    "It's been an incredible topsy-turvy Premier League season, hasn't it? 

    "This is the sort of game Man City have to win. The weather is absolutely awful, so stay at home and put BBC Radio 5 live on!"

  44. GOAL - Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Kevin de Bruyne

    Kevin De Bruyne celebrates

    The goal from the home side had been coming and it arrives courtesy of an error by Maya Yoshida. The Southampton defender is caught in possession by Raheem Sterling, who charges down the left and squares a ball for Kevin de Bruyne to tap in.

  45. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Southampton

    City go close

    Southampton almost pay for Victory Wanyama's foul on Sergio Aguero. City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov's curling free-kick is palmed down by keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and he just manages to gather the loose ball on the goal-line before Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho can slide in and score.

  46. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Southampton

    Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama gets a talking to from referee Roger East after he brings down Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

  47. Pellegrini's stranglehold

    Manchester City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Man City graphic
  48. Post update

    Man City 0-0 Southampton

    City are quickly out of the blocks and Raheem Sterling has a first-time shot palmed away by keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

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    Man City 0-0 Southampton

    We are under way...

  50. Mane staying at Southampton

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has reiterated that the club will not sell Senegal forward Sadio Mane.

    The Dutchman, who took a similar stance in August, said the club will not be letting any players leave in the January transfer window.

    "You can ask again about Sadio, Manchester United, Chelsea, but we will sell nobody in January," Koeman said, following reports  linking the 23-year-old with a move to United.

    Mane has scored six goals this season.

    Sadio Mane
  51. Live live

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    You can listen live to commentary from the Etihad on Radio 5 live from 15:00 GMT, where Ian Dennis will be joined by former England defender Danny Mills.

    Listen by clicking on the tab at the top of this page or click here.

  52. Messi's mega move to Man City

    Manchester City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Dion Dublin

    Former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker Dion Dublin

    “It can't be true. How can you pay someone that sort of money, I mean £800,000 a week? The rumours could possibly affect the fans, I don’t think the players would be affected. If it happens it happens and would be a welcome addition to the dressing room. At the moment, City have enough on their plate; they have to get back to winning ways and the rumours of a player like Lionel Messi coming in wouldn't be a big issue for them at all."

  53. Post update

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    David Silva

    David Silva gets a cheer from Manchester City fans when his name is read out over the tannoy as the announcer goes through the home side's substitutes.

    There's silence when keeper Richard Wright's name is called out. I wonder if they know who he is? (see 14:42 entry)

  54. Is Pellegrini affected by Guardiola rumours?

    Manchester City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Neil Lennon

    Former Leicester midfielder and current Bolton boss Neil Lennon:

    Manuel Pellegrini

    “If someone was asking me about another manager coming and taking my job, I wouldn’t answer the questions either so I do have sympathy for Manuel Pellegrini. It must be difficult for him, but I guess it’s part and parcel of being a manager at one of the biggest clubs in the world."

  55. Pellegrini unfazed by Guardiola rumours

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is not concerned by reports linking Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with his job. 

    Guardiola pulled out of a pre-match news conference on Friday amid fresh newspaper claims he will move to City with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

    "It's a rumour we've had the last two-and-a-half seasons," said Pellegrini,appointed by City in June 2013, when asked about the speculation.

    "I don't have a problem with that."

  56. Bragging rights await

    Manchester City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City supporters lag behind their Manchester United counterparts in our BBC Sport Predictor leaderboard. Currently City are 10th, while Southampton are 12th in the table. Think you can help boost your team's fortunes? Just sign up and join your fellow fans in predicting the weekend's Premier League games. Bragging rights await!   

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  57. Post update

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart is Manchester City's latest casualty, having suffered a hamstring strain in midweek, which means former Ipswich and England goalkeeper Richard Wright is promoted to the substitutes' bench.

    Wright hasn't played a Premier League game since 2006.

    Richard Wright
  58. Team news

    Man City v Southampton (15:00) GMT

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini makes four changes to the side which lost at Juventus in midweek. Keeper Willy Caballero, left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, midfielder Fabian Delph and winger Raheem Sterling replace Joe Hart, Gael Clichy, Fernando and Jesus Navas. Playmaker David Silva and striker Wilfried Bony are back from injury and are on the bench. 

    Man City XI: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Delph, Toure, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero.

    Manchester City line-up

    Southampton manager Ronaldo Koeman's side lost 1-0 to Stoke last time out and he make four changes from that game. Defender Maya Yoshida, midfielders James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu start along with forward Sadio Mane. Cedric Soares, Jordy Clasie, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle make way.

    Southampton XI: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Long.

    Southampton line-up
  59. MOTD commentator's view

    Manchester City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Steve Bower

    BBC football commentator at Etihad Stadium

    "Manchester City return to the Etihad hoping for the exact opposite scenario to their heavy defeat against Liverpool.

    "Manuel Pellegrini was as animated last week as we've seen him since he arrived in England, and will want a reaction from his players.

    "Whilst there was encouragement in their midweek display at Juventus,they will be determined to show the resolve that makes them many people's title favourites.

    "Southampton won't have to face Joe Hart, and with Vincent Kompany still out, will fancy their chances of extending their unbeaten away start. They will be intent on avoiding back-to-back defeats following a disappointing defeat to Stoke last time out."

  60. Post update

    Man City v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester City haven't won in three games and have lost the last two which has resulted in the inevitable speculation resurfacing that manager Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola next summer.

    If Pellegrini wants to brush those rumours under the carpet again he needs a win from his side.

    But City face a tough proposition today in the form of Southampton, whose defeat in their last game against Stoke was their only loss in seven top flight games.

    By the way, it's a day for rain macs at the Etihad Stadium.

    Man City v Southampton
  61. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Manchester City Southampton. Listen to Radio 5 live coverage, and we'll have text commentary here from 14:30 GMT. You can keep up to date with all the action from today's other Premier League games here.