- Pep Guardiola's men bounced back to winning ways at Saint Mary's after beating Southamton 3-1
- A goal each from David Silva and Sergio Aguero, including an own goal from James Ward Prowse handed the champions maximum points in the meeting
- Man City will now face Liverpool at the Etihad on January 3 for their second leg clash this season
Premier League defending champions Manchester City returned to winning ways for the first time since December 15 following their 3-1 win over Southampton at Saint Mary's Stadium.
Having suffered back to back EPL defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City, the Citizens ensured they claimed maximum victory and get their title defence back on track.
Spanish midfielder David Silva opened scoring for the visitors just after ten minutes into the meeting, but a Pierre Hojbjerg's stunning strike leveled parity for the hosts in the 37th minute.
The Saints looked like they could hold on to the scoreline at least until they return for the second half.
But an own goal from James Ward Prowse on the half time mark restored leadership for the Etihad Stadium outfit.
And in a twinkle of an eye, Sergio Aguero rose up high to increase his side's tally in the added minutes of the first half of the game.
After which England referee Paul Tierney sounded the whistle for the end of the first half of the encounter.
Meanwhile, the second half of the game failed to produce a goal as both sides seem okay with the scoreline they took into the dressing room for half time pep talk.
Pep Guardiola's men are now back on the second spot with seven points behind red-hot Liverpool ahead of their meeting on January 3, 2019.