‘Big boys’ Chelsea, City top EPL

Rosalie Gross
November 5, 2018

Hoedt's own goal gave City a sixth-minute lead, the centre-back - whose initial failed clearance brought about the move - finding his own net when attempting to keep Sane's shot out.

Sterling laid on the second for Aguero six minutes later and it wasn't long before it was 3-0, Sterling chipping over a cross and the ball falling invitingly for Silva to lash home.

Sterling scored two goals and provided two assists as City swatted aside Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

- City have scored five or more goals in a single Premier League game for the 12th time under Pep Guardiola - no other team has done so more than six times since the Spaniard's arrival. He is tied along with Eden HAZARD of Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG of Arsenal. The English forward was at the top of his game providing two assists and scoring two goals on an incredible night for the current title holders.

But City still looked in control and they got a fifth just past the hour - Sterling drilling under Alex McCarthy after Aguero fed him into the area.

The Argentine is only the third player in the Premier League era to reach the goal tally for a single club.

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It appeared City were capable of scoring nearly at will and a slick move saw them make it three in the 18th minute.

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and John Stones were seen taking part in warm up drills before enjoying a spot of ball work at their state-of-the-art training complex.

Palace, meanwhile, have won just twice in the league this season and remain 14th with eight points.

The visitors pulled one back with a penalty but it proved a minor setback for City, who again dominated Southampton in the second half.

Southampton improved at the start of the second half, with James Ward-Prowse and Ings - via wicked deflection off Fernandinho - forcing Ederson to make fine stops. "Maybe one day they don't score, and then the team doesn't score at all".

But City continued to threaten, and Sane nearly made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour.

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