|Manchester City:||Ederson, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Olexandr Zinchenko (Benjamin Mendy, min.81), Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne (Sergio Aguero, min.73), Fernandinho, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez (Ferran Torres, min.61) and Bernardo Silva|
|Southampton:||Alex McCarthy, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu, Jack Stephens (Ibrahima Diallo, min.63), Ryan Bertrand, Moussa Djenepo (Nathan Tella, min.46), James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong (Caleb Watts, min.72), Nathan Redmond and Che Adams|
|Stadium:||the Etihad Stadium|
|Goals:||Kevin De Bruyne (1-0, min. 15), James Ward-Prowse (1-1, min. 25), Riyad Mahrez (2-1, min. 40), Ilkay Gundogan (3-1, min. 45), Riyad Mahrez (4-1, min. 55), Che Adams (4-2, min. 56) and Kevin De Bruyne (5-2, min. 59)|
Manchester City eased past Southampton in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. Both Man City and Southampton arrived on the back of wins. Man City were looking to pick up points after winning their previous two games against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home and West Ham at home, by 4-1 and 2-1 respectively. Southampton were able to continue their winning streak after a 2-0 win against Sheffield United in their last match. As the table looks today, Man City are in 1st place on the table and has 68 points while Southampton sit in 14th with 33 points after 33 matches.
Man City didn’t take long to start the rout, with Kevin De Bruyne opening the rout in the 15th minute. However, their lead was short-lived, as an equalizer from James Ward-Prowse at the 25 minute mark, brought The Saints level. However, each side looked hungry to win and The Citizens then found the back of the net in minute 40 thanks to Riyad Mahrez, taking the score to 2-1. The Citizens then netted again and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Ilkay Gundogan just before half-time. The score at half time was 3-1.
Man City started the second half with an intensified spiritstarted the second half with renewed vigour, with another goal from Riyad Mahrezfound the net once more at the 55 minute mark. However, Southampton weren’t lying down and managed to pull back a goal from Che Adams in the 56th minute. In the end though, Man City secured the points emphatically, with a new second effort from Kevin De Bruyne in the 59th minute, which sealed the victory for Man City.
Both coaches used all substitutions. For Man City, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, came on for Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and Olexandr Zinchenko, Southampton brought on Nathan Tella, Ibrahima Diallo and Caleb Watts to replace Moussa Djenepo, Jack Stephens and Stuart Armstrong.
The referee booked Fernandinho for Man City.
Man City will next play Crystal Palace away, with Southampton facing Leicester City at home.