Manchester City now have a two-point cushion at the summit of the Premier League table after thrashing Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad on Sunday .

The Blues raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 20 minutes and could have run up a cricket score against the Saints.

Wesley Hoedt (own goal), Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling (2) and David Silva were all on the score-sheet as City maintained their 100% home record this campaign.

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City’s ruthlessness in front of goal will be perhaps more important than ever this season in what is likely to be a nip and tuck title race.

Ultimately, the finest of margins could prove the difference for whoever is crowned champions

City return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening against Shakhtar Donetsk, looking for a third straight Group F win.

Then all eyes will be on next Sunday’s Manchester derby, with United the visitors at the Etihad.

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