|2nd vs 8th: City host Southampton in the early afternoon kick-off at The Ethiad.|
City could move within one point of league leaders Liverpool with a win at home, with a game in hand over Brendan Rodgers' men who play against West Ham away from home tomorrow afternoon (Sunday at 4pm).
Meanwhile the visitors Southampton are in a comfortable position going into the match in 8th place, with a potential European place still up for grabs (8 points behind Manchester United in 6th, 12 points behind Everton in 5th)
Here are the team line-ups going into the match:
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure, Nasri, Silva and Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Garcia, Milner, Negredo and Jovetic.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S.Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez and Lambert.
Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Wanyama, Guly, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse and Gallagher.
|Pointing to the spot: Dzeko wins a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Fonte in the box|
|Dispute: Southampton are furious with Foy's decision as they felt Dzeko went down too easily|
|Early finish: Yaya Toure sends the keeper the wrong way to give City an early lead|
|Sad to see: England hopeful Jay Rodriguez screams in pain after landing awkwardly|
|Looks bad: Rodriguez clutches his ankle and his knee after he lands awkwardly on the turf|
|Southampton players huddle around him as they try to find out what happened, and how badly Rodriguez is injured|
|Not good: England manager Roy Hodgson looks on as Rodriguez is being treated|
|Cause for concern: Rodriguez was stretchered off the pitch, to applause from both sets of fans who appreciate the fact that he could miss the World Cup for England|
|Late: Zabaleta sticks a leg out to block Cork's run into the box, giving away a penalty|
|Doesn't miss: Lambert equalised for Southampton from the penalty spot in the 36th minute|
|Deserved: Lambert celebrates his penalty finish with his Saints team-mates to make it 1-1.|
|Disappointing: If Dzeko had taken his chances, City would be even further ahead|
|Couldn't miss: Nasri slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1 before half-time|
|Dzeko pounced on a mistake from Gazzaniga to head City into a 3-1 lead at half-time|
|First goal at home: Jovetic celebrates his finish to give City a 4-1 lead with minutes to spare|
FACT: Alvaro Negredo has not scored since January.
86: Time running out for Southampton, and they will be thankful. They do not deserve this at all, losing 4-1 away from home despite having played well today shows how easily you can be punished on the break.
90: The fourth official has signalled for 3 minutes of stoppage time to be played.
90+1: Toure seems to be struggling with a knock, as he takes a breather in the centre circle with his head in his hands. Replays show it was as a result of the impact from a 50-50 collision with Lambert a minute or so beforehand.
90+2: City are happy to keep possession of the ball as they look to close out the match with seconds to go, Nasri holding the ball near the corner flag while Shaw is pressing him to try and dispossess him.
90+3: Referee Chris Foy blows his whistle to end the match at The Ethiad Stadium, with City moving within a point of Liverpool with a match in hand over the league leaders.
The interesting match will obviously be City vs Liverpool next weekend, the top two.
Southampton did not deserve to lose the way they did today, especially as the scoreline suggests that the game was a rout but in-fact it was the opposite. The Saints were unlucky with a few decisions, and City were riding their luck at times.
|Southampton were unlucky to lose the way they did against City, despite dominating|