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M. Elyounoussi
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S. Armstrong
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Aymeric Laporte
K. De Bruyne
1 - 1
J. Bednarek
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K. Walker-Peters
N. Redmond
1 - 0

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25% 74%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 5
Total Passes 278 777
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That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Southampton and Manchester City! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Southampton are back in action on February 5, when they host Coventry City in the FA Cup. Manchester City are back on the same day in the same competition when they welcome Fulham to the Etihad.
A great 90 minutes of football at St. Mary’s comes to a close with Southampton and Manchester City forced to share the spoils of a 1-1 draw. The Saints opened up the scoring in style with a lovely outside-the-boot finish from Walker-Peters, which gave the hosts a lead that would stand for just under an hour. City dominated proceedings and time of possession, sending wave after wave of attack forward and Forster’s clean sheet was ruined on 67 minutes thanks to a headed finish from Laporte thanks to De Bruyne’s inch-perfect delivery. Guardiola’s side were not happy to take a point and continued to press for the winning goal but dogged determination from the organised Southampton defence prevented a late defeat. The result takes Manchester City 12 points clear at the top while Southampton stay 12th.
90' + 4' De Bruyne's free-kick causes a scramble inside the penalty area but Adams is able to scramble it away before Southampton are awarded a free-kick of their own inside the six-yard box for a foul on Ward-Prowse committed by Rodri.
M. Elyounoussi
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Elyounoussi cynically drags De Bruyne back - preventing a potential counter-attack. The Southampton substitute is shown a yellow card for the foul.
90' The fourth official indicates six minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
88' Silva sends a dangerous cross to the far post for Grealish, whose attempted volley from close range is closed down by two desperate Southampton defenders.
86' Diallo fires a tame shot towards goal from the edge of the area, which takes a slight deflection on the way through but not enough to trouble Ederson.
84' Southampton drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture against Man City earlier this season but haven’t avoided defeat in both league meetings with the Citizens since the 2002-03 campaign (W2).
I. Diallo
S. Armstrong
82' Stuart Armstrong is brought off shortly after picking up the yellow card, with Diallo chosen to see out the game.
81' The stop-start nature of the past 10 minutes will suit Hasenhuttl’s plans well, as the disjointed play has not allowed City to get into a flow. A point would still be a fantastic result for Southampton, who would put some distance between themselves and the trailing pack.
S. Armstrong
Yellow Card
79' Stuart Armstrong is booked immediately after the play is restarted for catching Laporte with a raised boot. The VAR is once again involved to discuss a potential red as the Saints' winger's studs were showing - but again the video assistants agree with the match official and maintain the yellow card.
79' NO PENALTY! The VAR, after taking a moment to have a word with referee Simon Hooper has decided to agree with the referee’s initial decision. The referee calls for play to restart from Forster’s goal as City are denied a spot-kick.
79' Play is stopped as VAR has intervened and had a word with the referee regarding an incident on the edge of Southampton’s penalty area. It appears either Romeu or Salisu tripped De Bruyne up with a dangling leg but the play went uncalled by the referee some minutes ago. Potential penalty check ongoing for Manchester City.
77' Foden is allowed the space to cut inside before playing it out to Cancelo. The full-back who is occupying a position high up the pitch curls a cross into the penalty area but Salisu manages to get it away.
75' Southampton have won their last two Premier League home games against sides starting the day top of the table, beating Everton and Liverpool last season. The last side to win more consecutive home league games against the league leaders were Tottenham, who did four in a row between January 2015 and January 2017.
73' Broja gets into a tangle with Dias and is dragged to the pitch in midfield, allowing Southampton to regroup and move up the pitch and away from Forster.
J. Bednarek
71' With under 20 minutes remaining Hasenhuttl makes a change, withdrawing the carded Bednarek and sending on Lyanco.
70' OFF THE POST! De Bruyne takes a couple of touches to set himself just outside the penalty area and sends a curling effort towards goal with his right boot - beating the outstretched arm of Forster but not the woodwork as City are denied the go-ahead goal.
69' Grealish gets to the byline and pulls it back ahead of Walker-Peters but can only find Salisu, who heads it clear temporarily as City once again gain possession back inside the opposing half.
67' Manchester City’s De Bruyne has been involved in 11 goals in his last 14 Premier League starts (9 goals, 2 assists), scoring the winner against Chelsea in their last game. De Bruyne has assisted in all three of his league starts at St Mary’s (4 in total), with only Harry Kane assisting more goals at St Mary’s as an away player (5).
K. De Bruyne
65' It's another assist for De Bruyne, who finally finds his aim as he set Laporte up for the leveller with a lovely set-piece delivery.
Aymeric Laporte
65' MANCHESTER CITY EQUALISE! It’s a simple goal as De Bruyne floats a free-kick from the right wing to the far post for Laporte, who loses his man and heads past a sprawling Forster! 1-1!
64' Play is stopped momentarily for Stuart Armstrong, who appears to have pulled up with a bit of cramp. He’s getting a drink and speaking to a member of the medical staff but he should be alright to continue after catching his breath.
62' Cancelo looks up and plays a delightful ball behind the Southampton defence for the run of Jesus at the far post but the striker is unable to meet the delivery despite throwing himself at it as the full-back puts too much power into his cross.
Gabriel Jesus
R. Sterling
60' Manchester City's first change of the match comes on the hour as Jesus replaces Sterling.
59' CROSSBAR AND OVER FROM RODRI! After Walker-Peters is caught in possession inside Manchester City’s half, the visitors drive down the other end in the space left by the full-back. Rodri gets onto the ball after a centring pass 20 yards from goal and has the time to shape his body and curl an effort that smacks off the woodwork and goes behind!
57' Guardiola’s side spend a minute on the left working a passing triangle between Cancelo, Grealish and Foden but Stuart Armstrong and Walker-Peters hold their positions well, forcing a cross that’s dealt with by Forster.
55' Lovely one-touch football as De Bruyne finds Rodri, who in turn plays it into the penalty area for Grealish. The England international then taps it forward for Sterling but the extra pass allows Bednarek to come through and whack it away.
53' BROJA GOES CLOSE! Southampton hit on the counter with penetration again as Stuart Armstrong leads the charge before playing a pass towards the penalty area for Broja. The striker latches on to the ball and drives forward but is unable to beat Laporte, who closes the angle and deflects the shot wide for a corner.
51' A seventh Manchester City corner is taken by Foden - and it’s the first one that’s been sent directly into the penalty area. It’s met by the head of Laporte who can only put it across the face of goal, where Bednarek gets it away.
49' Walker drives past Stuart Armstrong and centres the ball to the penalty spot but a retreating Ward-Prowse does just enough to clear it away and allow his side to reorganise.
47' CLOSE! Ward-Prowse’s corner is met at the near post by Bednarek, who manages to send a backward header towards Ederson. The goalkeeper immediately throws up two hands and makes a great reaction save, keeping his side’s deficit at one.
46' Southampton get the match restarted from the kick-off!
M. Elyounoussi
N. Redmond
46' A change at the half for Southampton sees Elyounoussi replace Redmond on the wing.
Despite the absence of Riyad Mahrez, Guardiola still has an excess of talent to pick from waiting on the bench to change the match. Gundogan is capable of scoring from midfield while Jesus could play as either a winger or a centre-forward, which would give the rest of City’s creative cadre a focal point. Southampton will no doubt look to hold onto the lead for as long as possible with Lyanco a possible introduction to add a third centre-back into the mix, while the legs of Walcott could provide an outlet as the match wears on.
An exciting and entertaining first half at St. Mary’s comes to a close with a somewhat surprising scoreline, as Southampton take a 1-0 lead into the interval thanks to a first-ever Premier League goal from right-back Walker-Peters. In a match where Manchester City expectedly dominated time on the ball, they were left lacking in front of goal as chances spurned by Cancelo and Sterling were met with poor deliveries by De Bruyne and Grealish. Hasenhuttl’s side were happy to sit in two banks of four and hit on the counter, which they did to great effect on the first goal, as well as during Broja’s finish past Ederson - which was chalked off for offside. The hosts deserve their lead at this stage but will have to hang on for another 45 minutes if they wish to take a famous three points.
45' The fourth official indicates two minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
43' Southampton have just two minutes plus added time to hold on until half-time, which will give Hasenhuttl a chance to get his message across ahead of the second frame. He’ll be full of praise for his side after an industrious and clinical 45 minutes of football.
41' Walker drives in a low cross towards the near post after running beyond Silva but again Salisu finds himself in the right spot to make the clearance.
39' OUTSTANDING SAVE FROM FORSTER! IT SHOULD BE 1-1! Foden drives towards the byline on the left and takes on Salisu before cutting the ball back towards the penalty spot for Foden, who had the freedom of the 18-yard box. With time and space to finish the winger hits a first-time effort which is saved by the goalkeeper while on his back before kicking it away cautiously.
37' Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven home Premier League games (W3 D4), their best unbeaten run at St Mary’s since a run of nine between March and October 2016.
35' CLOSE! Sterling cuts inside from the right ahead of Adams after Silva’s leading pass and curls a dangerous shot that misses the far corner by inches!
J. Bednarek
Yellow Card
33' Bednarek slides into a tackle and catches Grealish - which sparks a reaction out of the England international, who is incensed. It’s a free-kick to Manchester City as the referee has a word with both captains, and a yellow card to the centre-back.
31' Another corner is taken short by De Bruyne, working it to Foden who immediately hits a pass to Cancelo. The full-back puts in the cross as the visitors look to move the defence around but again it’s off-target as Forster can collect for a goal-kick.
29' Southampton fans are appealing for a penalty after Broja is taken down inside the penalty area by Ederson during an attempt by the striker to round the keeper, but the Saints forward was again unable to hold his line after receiving a pass from Adams - giving Manchester City a free-kick.
27' Manchester City’s short-corner routine is closed down initially before De Bruyne is able to shift possession to Cancelo. The full-back cuts inside and drives an effort towards goal but it sails high of the target.
25' Manchester City have thoroughly dominated the tempo of the match but they’ve been cut open on the counter-attack a number of times in the first half, with both right and left flanks looking vulnerable to the pace of Southampton. Hasenhuttl must be pleased with what he’s seeing as his side are putting up an impressive fight.
23' SOUTHAMPTON SCORE BUT THE LINESMAN’S FLAG RULES IT OFFSIDE! Romeu drives forward in midfield and plays a spectacular pass that cuts in-between full-back and centre-back for the run of Broja, who keeps his composure ahead of Ederson and finishes coolly. It looks a fantastic finish but the striker was unable to keep onside as the score remains 1-0.
21' De Bruyne picks up the ball and clips a cross to the far post ahead of Romeu closing him down but again the delivery is poor as it flies behind for a goal-kick.
19' Grealish is too late to slip a pass into Foden, allowing Salisu to make a clean slide to put the ball out of play on the left. There was an open Sterling running through on the right-hand side but the run appeared to have gone unspotted.
17' The final ball is lacking for Manchester City, who’ve had almost 90 percent possession in the opening 15 minutes but are yet to really test Forster. Sterling and Grealish have not been able to link up with Foden and play intricate passes to unlock the defence as the Saints prioritise keeping everything in front of them.
15' It’s a good idea from Sterling, who draws two defenders towards him on the right before playing a pass in-behind for the run of Silva but it’s hit too hard and sent behind for a goal-kick; much to Guardiola’s disappointment.
13' Walker curls a lovely and shaped delivery into the penalty area but Salisu is again on the spot to make a clearance - using the inside of his foot to volley the ball out for a City throw-in.
11' Walker-Peters beats Foden to a throughball down the left wing but a Bednarek foul on Grealish pulls back play and gives Manchester City a chance to retain the ball in midfield from a free-kick.
9' Sterling looks for an immediate response but his low cross into the penalty area for Foden is met at the near post by a confident Forster.
N. Redmond
7' Redmond's pulled-back cross is the assist for Southampton's opener!
K. Walker-Peters
7' SOUTHAMPTON TAKE THE LEAD WITH A LOVELY FINISH! It’s a first-ever Premier League goal for Walker-Peters, who gets the move started with a run down the right wing after an inch-perfect Romeu switch of play. The full-back then finds Redmond ahead of him before continuing his run and latching on to the eventual cross with a sweetly hit volley with the outside of his boot! 1-0 Saints!
5' Ward-Prowse sends an early free-kick into the penalty area looking for Salisu, who manages to make contact with the ball but the defender can only turn it behind harmlessly in-between two Manchester City markers.
3' De Bruyne fires in a left-footed cross after a Manchester City short-corner routine but Salisu rises highest to clear the danger as the visitors pile on the pressure early.
1' Manchester City get the match underway from the kick-off!
Manchester City make a single change to the line-up that beat Chelsea 1-0 last weekend, as Stones is dropped for Dias in the heart of defence.
Southampton make three changes to the XI that lost 3-1 to Wolves last time out, as well as an alteration in the formation - switching from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2. Lyanco is dropped for right-back Walker-Peters, while Stuart Armstrong is out on the left wing for Tella. The final switch is in attack, where Diallo makes way for Adams.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones, Cieran Slicker, James McAtee, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Gabriel Jesus, Scott Carson, Nathan Ake.
MANCHESTER CITY XI (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri; Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish; Phil Foden.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Ibrahima Diallo, Willy Caballero, Jack Stephens, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Shane Long, Yan Valery, Adam Armstrong, Theo Walcott, Lyanco.
SOUTHAMPTON XI (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Romain Perraud, Mohammed Salisu, Jan Bednarek, Kyle Walker-Peters; Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond; Armando Broja, Che Adams.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Manchester City will be looking to extend their blistering form and continue their imperious march towards the title - with a win taking them 14 points above closest challengers Liverpool.. Winning all 12 of their last 12 matches since a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in October, Guardiola’s side did not manage to get the better of today’s opponents the last time they met - with Southampton holding City to a 0-0 draw in September.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton welcome Manchester City to St. Mary’s, looking to get back on track after last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Wolves. Hoping for their first win over Pep Guardiola’s side since July 2020, three points for the Saints today would take them from 12th up into 10th; having played a match or two more than some of their closest competitors.
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