After suffering back-to-back losses, Manchester City have returned to winning ways as they recorded a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday.

City before Sunday’s outing had slipped down to third place on the Premier League table following shock losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

Pep Guardiola’s men are however now back to the second spot courtesy of their win at South Coast against the Saints; a development that means Tottenham Hotspur are now third.

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City did have to survive a brief scare in the first half after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had cancelled out David Silva's opener, but a quickfire brace at the end of the first half - including an own goal from James Ward-Prowse and header from Sergio Aguero - enabled them to coast through the second half.

Southampton ended the match with 10 men courtesy of a late red card for Hojbjerg, but it had no impact on the result as City moved to within seven points of leaders Liverpool ahead of next Thursday's mouth-watering showdown between the top two at the Etihad Stadium.

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