Southampton vs Manchester City

Spurs defensive duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were also rumoured to be on City's radar

Having missed pre-season with a groin injury picked up just over a year ago, he lasted 90 minutes of his comeback against Swansea in the EFL Cup but, crucially, not the added time. The long-absent Vincent Kompany's first intervention here, cool, calm and perfectly executed, was to steal the ball from Redmond, then flick it casually over the attacker's head. Today, he completed 90% of his passes, won two headers, made three clearances and one interception in a domineering display.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is fully fit ahead of what could be a crucial period in his side's season, manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

If Manchester City's players can step up to the plate and play to their potential, we could see heavy scoring and potentially something that gets out of hand. Few players in world football possess the grace and balance that he does when travelling with the ball at his feet.

Both sides struggled to create much in a disappointing first half in which neither goalkeeper was tested, though Leroy Sane will have been aggrieved not to have earned a penalty. Sane is slipped in by Toure and holds off Cedric before trying to round Forster, who dives and brings him down. Southampton has been sensational as of late, but we all should know better than to underestimate Manchester City.




Manchester City has been extremely fluid in attack throughout the season and has netted more goals on the road than any other team in the league (33). Replacing Ronald Koeman, who had secured seventh- and sixth-place finishes, was a thankless task, and it didn't take long for a section of Southampton supporters to start voicing their doubts at his appointment. When De Bruyne's smart free-kick was cleared, the ball fell to Jesus Navas, midway inside the Southampton half.

Manchester City will equal their tally of Premier League wins in 2015/16 under Manuel Pellegrini (19) if they manage to beat Southampton on Saturday. He can't really cross either with most of his efforts shanked into the shins of full-backs. Aguero had not been at his best, but neither had City, and yet they still turned it round at the end. It says much about the entertainment value of the first half that Navas' freakish foul throw was one of the standout moments of the 45 minutes, but nevertheless, it was impressively bad.

The prolific Argentine hitman has 118 Premier League goals in 174 appearances and has been one of the most unsafe strikers in the world during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

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