Manchester City seal vital 1-0 Premier League win at Southampton

Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to match Liverpool’s seven goal haul at Selhurst Park but Raheem Sterling first half strike proved enough to secure a key three points.

Neither side created much in a frantic opening but City’s first real attack handed Sterling the perfect chance to blast home.

Bernardo Silva’s pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he fed in Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgian drilled cross was emphatically tucked home by Sterling.

But the Saints refused to be knocked by that setback as Danny Ings came within inches of finding an equaliser.

Theo Walcott’s pace took him away from two challenges and hang a cross into the box with Ings nodding agonisingly wide.

But the hosts intensity inevitably dropped off after the break, with Ings forced off through injury, and Ferran Torres fizzing an effort just wide.

However with just a single goal in it heading in to the final 15 minutes it was still open season on the south coast.

City defender John Stones produced an outrageous block to deny Che Adams before Alex McCarthy produced a world class stop from Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez blazed over in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton Manchester City

Manchester United and Manchester City battle out 0-0 derby draw

Neither side were really able to impose themselves on the night at Old Trafford, but the under-pressure Norwegian will be relieved to have snatched a point.

City did carve out the only real chance of the first 45 as Riyad Mahrez missed a perfect chance to put them in front on 35 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus led the City charge from half way and he slipped in Mahrez inside the box.

But his poor effort was easily blocked by David De Gea with Kevin De Bruyne lashing over from the rebound.

United looked to start the second half with a bit more purpose and Marcus Rashford looked to have won a clear penalty just after restart.

The England man went down under a late challenge from Kyle Walker, but referee Michael Oliver went back on his original call after VAR ruled offside against Rashford.

City managed to wrestle some control back from the hosts as the second half wore as Harry Maguire produced a game winning block to deny De Bruyne.

United almost eked out a late winner with eight minutes left, but Bruno Fernandes rushed his weak strike and Ederson gobbled it up

Full Time at Old Trafford it’s Manchester United 0 Manchester City 0

Riyad Mahrez nets a hat trick as Manchester City crush Burnley 5-0

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in dire need of a dominant performance in recent weeks, and a hat trick from Riyad Mahrez power his side to all three points.

City dominated this one from start to finish at the Etihad, with Mahrez edging them in front after six minutes.

James Tarkowski gifted possession to Kevin De Bruyne just inside his own half and the Belgian fed the rampaging Mahrez to fire a brilliant effort past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

And Burnley were to shoot themselves in the foot yet again on 24 minutes, as Mahrez seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired an unstoppable effort home.

With the Clarets simply chasing shadows before the break, a brilliant team goal from Benjamin Mendy essentially sealed the tie before the break.

De Bruyne was once again at the heart of it for City, finding Mendy on the overlap after a 25 pass move, and the French full back powered into the far corner.

And there was to be no slowing down from Pep’s men after the break as they continued to tear Burnley to bits.

Ferran Torres got himself in on the act on the hour as he tucked home another City passing carousel, before Mahrez completed a hat trick just after.

The Algerian was unplayable for Burnley on the day and he bulleted home a header from Phil Foden’s clever cross to make five goals and three points for Pep.

Full Time at the Etihad Stadium it’s Manchester City 5 Burnley 0

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Liverpool

Both sides have lost just once in Premier League action this season, but Jurgen Klopp’s defending champions have a four-point lead over City.

Pep Guardiola has already confirmed Sergio Aguero will miss out against the Reds, with Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy joining him on the sidelines.

Those injuries will force Guardiola’s hand in terms of selection tomorrow, but he is expected to make changes from their Champions League win over Olympiakos.

Rodri and Riyad Mahrez are both expected to return with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres set to drop out.

As for Liverpool, Klopp remains short of options at centre back, meaning Rhys Williams could continue alongside Joe Gomez ahead of Joel Matip.

Thiago Alcantara is out with a knee problem with ex City man James Milner expected to fill in.

And man of the moment Diogo Jota is line to edge out Roberto Firmino in the starting eleven.

And kick-off is 4.30pm on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City edge out 1-0 Premier League win at Sheffield United

City were far from their ruthless best against Chris Wilder’s team, but a first half strike from former Blade Kyle Walker secured a vital three points.

The visitors bossed the game in the early stages in awful conditions in Sheffield with Ferran Torres and Rodri bringing the best out of Aaron Ramsdale.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction in West Yorkshire, City edged themselves in front on 28 minutes.

Walker found himself in acres of space outside the box, after United failed to properly clear their lines, and the England international took his time and bulleted an effort past Ramsdale.

City did look to step on the gas after the break, but Ramsdale showed again why he is so highly rated by Wilder with an excellent stop from Riyad Mahrez.

And with City unable to put the game to bed they left the door open for the home side in the closing minutes.

But Wilder and his players were unable to take advantage as the Blades remain winless this season.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 Manchester City 1

West Ham secure 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Manchester City

Moyes’ team staged a dramatic recovery to draw 3-3 at Tottenham last weekend and they survive a late scare to snatch a draw in this one.

Neither side created much in a scrappy opening at the London Stadium before Michail Antonio ruthlessly put the Hammers in front on 18 minutes.

Vladimir Coufal whipped in a cross from the right and Antonio was too strong for Aymeric Laporte as volleyed past Ederson.

City struggled to respond to that setback with tame efforts from Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero failing to test Lukasz Fabianski.

Pep Guardiola threw on Phil Foden at the break in an attempt to turn the tide and the England international produced an instant equaliser.

Joao Cancelo’s cross was just behind him but he showed brilliant calmness to tuck past Fabianski.

That tipped the balance in City’s favour as Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne to try and turn the screw on West Ham.

Sterling was presented with a brilliant late late chance to win it but Fabianski stayed sharp to preserve a vital point.

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Manchester City clinch narrow 1-0 win over Arsenal

Raheem Sterling’s first half strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as Pep Guardiola got revenge for City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat in July.

City enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening stages as Arsenal set their stall out to counter at pace.

But with the Gunners struggling to cope as City went up through the gears Sterling tucked home brilliant opener.

Riyad Mahrez’s pass cut out three Arsenal defenders and after Bernd Leno could only parry Phil Foden’s effort, Sterling pounced on the rebound.

That gave the impetus to City and Leno had to be at his sharpest to deny Mahrez and Foden.

However, Arsenal worked hard to stay in the game before the break as new England international Bukayo Saka brought an instinctive stop from Ederson.

The Gunners looked to take advantage of City’s struggles to find a second after the restart as Nicolas Pepe tested Ederson.

Mikel Arteta’s side bossed the closing stages with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka both testing Ederson but in the end the home side have enough to hold on for the win.

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Jamie Vardy Inspired Leicester City Win 5-2 at Manchester City

The veteran striker has been a thorn in City’s side down the years, and he produced a textbook Vardy display to upset the form book at the Etihad.

Despite finding themselves undone after the break, Pep Guardiola’s side enjoyed a perfect start in this one, as Riyad Mahrez rocketed home against his former side.

But, as Leicester fans know all too well, where there’s Vardy there is always a chance, as he hauled them level from the penalty spot just before the break.

And despite struggling to get going in the first half, Vardy and Leicester handed out a lesson in efficiency after the restart.

Vardy made it 2-1 on 54 minutes, gambling in front of Eric Garcia at the front post, before bagging another penalty after the Spanish defender dragged him down.

Guardiola brought on Premier League debutant Liam Delap to try and shock his team into life, and the teenager almost set up a fight back as he crashed a header off the bar.

However, Vardy’s quickfire double knocked the life out of the hosts, as James Maddison added a spectacular fourth.

The England international reacted quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the box, and he unleashed a rocket past Ederson.

The hosts did rally in the final ten minutes, with Nathan Ake nodding in home his first City goal.

But Leicester were in no mood for any late drama, as Belgian international Youri Tielemens slotted home another penalty.

FULL TIME AT A BONKERS ETIHAD STADIUM IT’S MANCHESTER CITY 2 LEICESTER CITY 5

Premier League Preview: Manchester City Kick Off Their 2020-21 Season at Wolves

City are the last Premier League club to kick off their season, with Guardiola’s side already playing catch up to their rivals.

However, despite being granted an extra rest period ahead of the new campaign, Guardiola does still have injuries to contend with.

Sergio Aguero is ruled out until October following knee surgery last month, and centre back Aymeric Laporte has only just returned to full training.

Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are both expected to be fit to start, with summer signing Nathan Ake potentially replacing Laporte at the back.

Wolves beat Sheffield United 2-0 on the opening day, and Santo is set to recall his big hitters after resting them in the midweek cup defeat at Stoke.

Fernando Marcal, Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez should all come back into the team, but Jota is out after he completed a £45m move to Liverpool yesterday.

City get their season going in tomorrow’s late-night kick off, with an 8.15pm start at Molineux.

Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City: Man City seal final day 5-0 win over relegated Norwich

The Spaniard leaves the Etihad after ten years, and despite not getting on the score sheet, he turned in a typically assured performance.

For Norwich, their win against City back in September proved to be a season highlight, but there was no fairy tale end here as they slid back down into the Championship.

City were on top right from the go in this one, with Gabriel Jesus tapping them in front on 11 minutes.

It was wave after wave of City attack from there on, but credit to Norwich, they threw bodies on the line and weathered the early storm.

With the hosts camped inside Norwich half in the opening half, Norwich did almost catch them on the break, as Teemu Pukki raced clear.

But the Finland international is without a goal since January, and it showed as he blinked at the crucial second, allowing Ederson to make a block.

City did find the crucial second just before the break, as Kevin De Bruyne took matters into his own hands to curl home a superb effort.

Pep Guardiola’s side took their foot off the gas after break, dominating possession, a dogged Norwich defensive effort kept them at bay.

But despite Tim Krul and his defenders repelling City time and again, they could do nothing about a City third with ten go, as Sterling broke onto De Bruyne’s pass to fire home.

And with any fleeting Norwich confidence dead and buried, a ruthless City made it four as substitute Riyad Mahrez confidently tucked home.

And De Bruyne took a break from creating chance after chance in the second half, as the Belgian bent home the most nonchalant of fifth goals.

FULL TIME AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM IT’S MANCHESTER CITY 5 NORWICH CITY 0

Ruthless Arsenal edge past Manchester City in FA Cup semi final win

A goal in either half from Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured a place in the final for Arsenal, as City’s FA Cup defence comes to an end.

City had all the ball in the opening stages, but the cutting edge of Arsenal proved decisive as Aubameyang fired them ahead on 19 minutes.

Nicolas Pepe’s cross into the box was not cleared, and Aubameyang stole in behind Kyle Walker to tuck home.

City looked a different side after the break, with Guardiola determined to force his way back into the game.

Raheem Sterling wasted an excellent chance just after restart, before Emiliano Martinez produced a brilliant stop to deny Riyad Mahrez.

Guardiola’s side laid siege to the Arsenal box after that, but as the Gunners dug in, there was simply no way through.

And with the holders growing more and more frustrated in the closing stages, Arsenal hit them with a clinical counter-attack as Aubameyang raced onto Kieran Tierney’s ball to make it 2-0.

That goal took some of the sting out of City, as Arsenal threw bodies on the line to seal their place in next month’s final.

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