Get the lowdown on Manchester City from Manchester Evening News correspondent Stuart Brennan, ahead of Saints visiting the champions.
After last season’s title success, has it simply been a case of more of the same from Pep Guardiola’s side?
In terms of the quality of football, and the team spirit and hunger, it has. The fact they lost to Lyon was a shock, but it felt like a loss that was down to law of averages. They have played Chelsea at Wembley, and Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs away without conceding.
It was another clean sheet against Tottenham on Monday, has the side evolved defensively?
No doubt about that. City always looked like conceding last season, as Southampton realised at the Etihad! But defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League forced a re-think, and they are less susceptible to counter attacks these days.
It was a close encounter last season when Saints visited the Etihad, what sort of a game are you expecting on Sunday?
More of the same. Mark Hughes often sets his teams up well against City. The final game of last season at St Mary’s was a tight game - both games were decided by goals right at the death. But be warned - City are back to full strength!