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Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Adam Lallana.
Short corner worked by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
Clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Ward-Prowse on Yaya Toure.
Victor Wanyama fouled by Yaya Toure, the ref awards a free kick.
Calum Chambers makes a clearance.
Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stevan Jovetic by Jose Fonte.
Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.
Alvaro Negredo takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Paulo Gazzaniga parries the effort to safety.
Stevan Jovetic scores with a right foot finish. Man City 4-1 Southampton.Assist on the goal came from Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
Jack Cork goes off and Victor Wanyama comes on.
Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.
Yaya Toure shown a yellow card.
Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
Stevan Jovetic joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Silva.
Calum Chambers manages to make a clearance.
Sam Gallagher is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.
Shot by Rickie Lambert went wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line.
Clearance by Jose Fonte.
Free kick taken by Jack Cork.
Foul by Francisco Javi Garcia on Adam Lallana, free kick awarded.
Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga parries the effort to safety.
Adam Lallana delivers the ball.
Alvaro Negredo replaces Edin Dzeko.
Clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the right by-line.
Clearance by Martin Demichelis.
Foul by James Ward-Prowse on Aleksandar Kolarov, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
David Silva fouled by Jack Cork, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick taken by James Ward-Prowse.
Unfair challenge on James Ward-Prowse by Francisco Javi Garcia results in a free kick.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Paulo Gazzaniga fumbles the ball.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
Clearance by Luke Shaw.
Clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Calum Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva.
David Silva takes the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Luke Shaw.
The second half begins.
The first half comes to an end.
Edin Dzeko scores with a header. Man City 3-1 Southampton.Aleksandar Kolarov provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
David Silva fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick.
Samir Nasri scores a right footed goal. Man City 2-1 Southampton.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
Francisco Javi Garcia on for Luis Fernandinho.
Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Fernandinho receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
The referee gives a free kick against Luis Fernandinho for handball.
Corner from the left by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.
Calum Chambers sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Ward-Prowse on Luis Fernandinho.
Joe Hart takes the free kick.
The official flags Adam Lallana offside.
Unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick.
Martin Demichelis manages to make a clearance.
Penalty taken right-footed by Rickie Lambert and scored. Man City 1-1 Southampton.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Jack Cork, Penalty awarded.
Header at goal by Edin Dzeko hits the woodwork.
Free kick crossed by Samir Nasri.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure by Dejan Lovren.
Jack Cork manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Gonzalez Jesus Navas missed to the right of the target.
Free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
James Ward-Prowse is brought on as a substitute for Jay Rodriguez.
Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov makes a clearance.
Header at goal by Adam Lallana goes over the bar.
Samir Nasri fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot.
Clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Luis Fernandinho challenges Rickie Lambert unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick crossed by David Silva.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Aleksandar Kolarov.
Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line.
The ball is delivered by Luke Shaw.
Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line.
Centre by Luke Shaw.
Clearance by Calum Chambers.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Rodriguez on Pablo Zabaleta.
Paulo Gazzaniga makes a clearance.
Penalty scored by Yaya Toure. Man City 1-0 Southampton.
Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Jose Fonte results in a Penalty.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Luke Shaw.
The game kicks-off.
Aguero still missing for City
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of title-chasing Manchester City's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton this weekend.
The Argentina striker, City's top scorer this season with 26, has returned to training after missing four games with a hamstring injury but is not yet match-fit.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini had previously expressed hope the 25-year-old might be ready for Saints' visit to the Etihad Stadium, but next week's trip to title rivals Liverpool is now the target.
Pellegrini said: "Sergio is okay. He has worked just now with the squad but he just started on Thursday, so he needs more work to be 100 per cent fit.
"He is not in the squad but he doesn't have any problems with his injury.
"For this week it is too soon for him to start playing because he just worked two days, but next week against Liverpool he will not have any problems."
City are also still without defender Matija Nastasic, who suffered a knee injury two months ago.
Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview the Southampton match, was unwilling to confirm reports new contract talks have begun with midfielder Samir Nasri.
The Chilean said: "We are just thinking about this match we have to play against Southampton.
"All the other things - you are always talking and thinking and working - but in this moment it is not the most important thing."
City head into the game third in the table, trailing leaders Liverpool by four points but with two games in hand and Pellegrini feels his side are well placed to strike for the title.
Liverpool's charge to the top of the table has commanded plenty of attention in the battle for the Premier League crown over the past week, with the in-form Merseysiders having won eight in succession.
Pellegrini said: "They are playing very well. They are making (it through) the second round (of fixtures) with a lot of points.
"They won the last eight games in a row, it is not easy what they are doing. 'The important thing to consider is, that Liverpool are doing very well but, if we win our two matches we are two points on top of Liverpool. So, I think we are also doing very well."
Yet Pellegrini is well aware that his side must take advantage of their games in hand, while they also travel to Anfield next week for what will be an eagerly-anticipated fixture.
Chelsea also remain in the thick of the contest, just two points behind Liverpool, while Pellegrini does not think fourth-placed Arsenal should be discounted either.
The Chilean said: "It is exactly the same as one month ago, or three weeks ago, with four teams fighting for the title.
"We have had two matches postponed, we don't have those six points, we have to win them. 'If we can win those matches maybe we can (still) be at the top of the table but at the moment we are behind Liverpool and behind Chelsea.
"Then it is our team and Arsenal. The four teams have chances to win the title. I think it will be very close to the end."
Pellegrini's immediate priority is thes visit of eighth-placed Southampton, who have earned many plaudits for their positive football this season.
The City boss is wary of the threat Mauricio Pochettino's side carry.
"Yes, of course," he said. 'They are a very good team.
"They are playing without pressure, they are in a comfortable situation in the table. They cannot arrive in Europe, they cannot be relegated, they have very good players and a very good manager.
"We are absolutely sure we are going to have a tough game on Saturday."
Victor Wanyama will be assessed by Southampton and could return, with the Kenyan midfielder having been absent for nearly a month with a leg injury.
Wanyama is expected to be the only progress on the injury front, meaning Nathaniel Clyne (groin), Kelvin Davis (hip) and Maya Yoshida (knee) will all miss out.
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