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Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 18 September 2021
Kickoff at 15:00 BST
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF

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Everything you need to know ahead of Southampton’s visit to the Etihad Stadium…


Raheem Sterling will make his 200th Premier League appearance for Manchester City as he returns to the starting XI to face Southampton.

The winger is one of five changes Pep Guardiola has made for the Saints’ visit to the Etihad Stadium, with Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus also coming into the side.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Bernardo, Sterling, Grealish, Jesus.

SUBS: Carson, De Bruyne, Torres, Mahrez, Foden, Mbete, Palmer, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand.

SOUTHAMPTON: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), Armstrong, Adams, Redmond, Livramento, Elyounoussi, Bednarek

SUBS: Forster, Lyanco, Perraud, Broja, Djenepo, Salisu, Tella, Diallo, Valery.



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When and where

Our Premier League clash with the Saints gets underway at 15:00pm (UK) on Saturday 18 September.

The match is not being broadcast live in the UK, but you can follow all of the action as it unfolds courtesy of minute-by-minute coverage in our Matchday Centre on and the Man City app or via Twitter: @ManCity.

A comprehensive match report, plus reaction from Pep Guardiola and players will also be available to view after the full-time whistle.

Highlights will be available on the official website and app from 19:00 and you can watch a full-match replay on CITY+ from midnight after the game.

For a full list of which countries are showing the match, check out the global TV listings, courtesy of livesoccertv, at the foot of this page.

WATCH: Pep delighted by Grealish progress

Matchday Live

City legend Shaun Goater and Steven McInerney (Esteemed Kompany) are in the studio for this weekend’s Matchday Live.

Getting underway one hour before kick-off and available on all digital platforms, the show provides unmissable pre-match, half-time and post-match coverage for each and every City game.

Combining expert insight with a unique blend of City-centric humour, the Goat and Steven will have their say on Pep’s current crop ahead of kick-off before reconvening at the break and following the full-time whistle.

Time permitting, our special guests will also react to the boss’ post-match interview and answer viewer questions.

Pep Guardiola Preview

"One of the toughest games we had last season was against Southampton.

"We won at home 5-2, but the first 30 minutes, they were the team that caused us most problems last season.

"I know Ralph (Hassenhuttl). It will be a similar game to Leipzig. They move quick in the transitions, the team know what they have to do.

"They played against Manchester United at home really well and deserved to win."

WATCH: City 6-3 Leipzig: Highlights

Last time out

City began our Champions League campaign in style with an entertaining 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Nathan Ake opened the scoring with a towering header, before an own goal and Riyad Mahrez penalty cancelled out Christopher Nkunku’s strike to secured a 3-1 advantage at the break.


And a thrilling second half made Pep Guardiola’s 300th match in charge of City one to remember, as Jack Grealish grabbed a debut Champions League goal before Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus, also making his 200th appearance for the Club, rounded off the scoring under the Etihad lights.

Nkunku completed a hat-trick for the visitors to keep Leipzig in the game, but it was to no avail as City deservedly began Group A with three points and a 50th win in Europe’s elite competition.

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5 Manchester City Man City 5 3 1 1 11 1 10 10 LWWWD
6 Everton Everton 5 3 1 1 10 7 3 10 WDWWL

Form guide

We face Southampton in fine fettle having won our last four in all competitions, scoring 17 times in the process as we sit fifth in the Premier League.

That record is particularly impressive at the Etihad Stadium, where Pep Guardiola’s men have won each of our domestic matches against Norwich and Arsenal 5-0, before scoring six against RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening.

Saturday’s opponents currently sit 14th in the Premier League with three points from their four matches so far.

After an opening day defeat Everton, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side have picked up three hard-fought draws against Manchester United, Newcastle United and West Ham United respectively.

Last meeting

City bounced back from a first defeat in 28 matches with an emphatic 5-2 win over Southampton in March 2021.

A brace apiece from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, plus a further strike from Ilkay Gundogan extended Pep Guardiola’s men’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to 14 points with nine matches remaining.

WATCH: City 5-2 Saints: Extended highlights

Match officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood

Fourth official: Peter Bankes

VAR: Martin Atkinson

Assistant VAR: Richard West

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