6.06pmThat's just about it from me. Thanks for joining Sports Mole for the action and be sure to join us for Everton vs. Manchester United on Monday evening. Until then!
6.04pmMy word. It's over. So wins for Chelsea and Manchester City today as both get off to the best possible start - now it's over to Manchester United tomorrow.
6.02pmIt's three 3-2 wins in a row for City, while Southampton have performed admirably on their return to the Premier League.
6pmSo there we have it. City complete the turnaround to secure three points in their opening match of the season. Southampton scored twice in the second period to lead 2-1, but late goals from Dzeko and Nasri secured the victory.
59 minBest spell of the second period for Southampton as they flood forward. It seems that the addition of Lambert has helped them. Meanwhile, Tevez fires just wide on the counter attack.
57 minSighter for Southampton as Ward-Prowse strikes an effort from outside the box, but Kompany blocks the effort. Meanwhile, Lambert hits just wide from close range.
55 minChance! Another wonderful chance for City as Tevez finds Silva in the box, but he hits the crossbar. Meanwhile, Southampton change as Lambert replaces Rodriguez.
54 minPenalty shout for City as Toure strikes one from outside the box, but it landed in the middle of a host of Saints defenders. Meanwhile, Lambert will soon join the action.
53 minChance! Another huge chance for City as Toure finds Clichy in the box, but he fires it over from close range.
53 minGuly looks like he has just run a marathon for Southampton. He has had no service today - and looks shattered. Surely the Saints have to change it as City continue to attack.
51 minChance! Wonderful chance for City to make it two as Nasri finds Dzeko in the box, but somehow he fires it straight at Davis. It's been all City in this half.
49 minUpdate: Aguero to go for MRI scan. Although it is understood that it is not as bad as first feared. Good news for City.
47 minSome bad news for Southampton: City scored 63 of their 93 Premier League goals in the second half of games last season. I am sure they will be delighted to learn that.
45 minSouthampton get us underway in the second half. I wonder how long it will be until we see Lambert for the Saints?
5.06pmHere we go then. Both sets of players are emerging onto the pitch ahead of the second period. What will the second 45 bring.
5.04pmHowever, if Southampton do manage to level it at 1-1. Then we will have a real match on our hands. Only time will tell.
5.02pmOur report of the opening half can be found here. Meanwhile, the next goal decides this match. If City score, it's good night.
5pmThe bad news for City, however, is that they have lost Aguero to what seemed a serious injury. We will bring you the latest on that when it becomes apparent.
4.58pmThe Saints do have the option of Rickie Lambert from the bench, while they could also introduce former Rangers midfielder Steven Davis to add balance to the middle of the park.
4.56pmSouthampton have defended superbly, but the goal before the interval changes the entire feel of the match. They simply have to come out in the second period - and you worry that City will pick them off.
4.54pmIn truth, City dominated the last 15 minutes of the half - and perhaps should have entered the break further ahead.
4.52pmSo there we have it. City score five minutes before the break to secure a half-time lead over Southampton. It was the Saints who started the better, but Silva missed the chance to put City ahead via the spot early on. They did secure the lead, however, when Tevez slotted home inside the box.
16 minCity are just beginning to gain possession of the ball, but Southampton remain a real threat on the counter attack. End-to-end match in the opening 16 minutes.
14 minSouthampton really have made a bright start to this match. Meanwhile, Dzeko does indeed replace Aguero.
14 minAguero leaves the pitch on a stretcher. It looks nasty. It appears that Dzeko will be joining the action. Big blow for City.
12 minSighter for Southampton as Morgan Scheiderlin strikes an effort from outside the box, but it's wide. Meanwhile, Southampton have a penalty shout as Lescott chops down Rodriguez. Ref?!
11 minAguero is back on his feet. Meanwhile, the game is back underway with Southampton on the ball.
10 minAguero remains on the ground. It doesn't look like he will be able to carry on. Balotelli and Dzeko are both warming up on the sideline.
8 minAguero looks to be in trouble here as he is chopped down by Clyne - it was a wonderful challenge from the full-back. He may not be able to continue here.
8 minA mistake from Lallana so nearly lets Sergio Aguero advance into the middle of the box, but the Saints manage to clear and launch another attack of their own.
6 minImpressive football from Southampton as they attempt to play their way through midfield, but Clyne's cross is headed clear by Lescott. The newly-promoted side have come to play this afternoon.
4 minReally bright start from Southampton as Jay Rodriguez slips in Guly, but Jack Rodwell makes the challenge. Meanwhile, Samir Nasri clears the danger from the resulting corner.
2 minCity enjoy early possession of the ball - as you would expect. Meanwhile, David Silva is being sent from the pitch to change the tape on his socks!
1 minHere we go then. Manchester City get us underway on this humid afternoon at the Etihad Stadium. Wonderful atmosphere inside the ground.
3.59pmHandshakes? Check. Flags exchanged? Check. Let's get this show on the road.
3.58pmHere we go then. Both sets of players are emerging onto the pitch ahead of kickoff. Kompany and Lallana skipper the two sides this afternoon.
3.56pmJust a reminder that Manchester United complete the opening round of Premier League fixtures when they travel to Everton tomorrow. We are well and truly back!
3.54pmRight, we are just about five minutes from kickoff. Spare a thought for City striker Edin Dzeko - who will have to get used to that spot on the bench this season. Carlos Tevez decides he wants to come back - and gets back into the team. How does the Bosnian view that?
3.52pmSaint boss Nigel Atkins has explained his reasons for dropping Rickie Lambert - hinting that he needed to tighten up the midfield.
3.50pmMeanwhile, what an incredible afternoon it is for 17-year-old midfielder James Ward-Prowse who makes his debut for Southampton this afternoon. Incredible.
3.48pmWhat of this afternoon then? Will City hand out a lesson to Southampton - or will we be shocked on the opening weekend of the season?
3.46pmSouthampton began last season with an opening day win against Leeds United, although it was the first time they had won their first match of the season this century.
3.44pmIn four of the last five seasons City have started the league campaign with a clean sheet. Meanwhile, they have not lost a home match on the opening day since 1999. But records are there to be broken!
3.42pmThe last time the two sides met was in the FA Cup in 2007 - when City overcame Southampton 3-1 in Manchester. Meanwhile, City recorded a 2-1 win over the Saints in the Premier League in 2005.
3.40pmIf various reports are to be believed, then the Saints will soon complete the transfer of much-coveted Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez. Meanwhile, they also hand debuts to Nathaniel Clyne and Steven Davis.
3.38pmCity are without Gareth Barry and Micah Richards through injury today, while Mario Balotelli is only deemed fit enough for a spot on the bench. Meanwhile, Southampton midfielder Jack Cork has not recovered from an ankle knock.
3.36pmHowever, the last 16 Premier League meetings between City and Southampton has seen the away side win seven. Meanwhile, the home outfit has won just four. There's something for the Saints to hang onto this afternoon!
3.36pmIt is hardly the match that Southampton would have wished for on their return to the Premier League. The history is not with them either - just one promoted Premier League side has won their opening game in the last three seasons.
3.34pmMeanwhile, Southampton hand a debut to Jay Rodriguez in attack, but Rickie Lambert begins the match on the bench.
3.32pmSo there we have it. Joe Hart also returns for Manchester City, while David Silva and Samir Nasri also start in midfield.
3.30pmBREAKING: Jack Rodwell makes his debut for Manchester City. Full team news for both teams to follow.
3.30pmThere was also a win for Chelsea in today's early kickoff - when they struck twice in the opening seven minutes on their way to a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic.
3.30pmHello all! Well what an opening weekend to the season it has been thus far. Comprehensive wins for Fulham and Swansea City came on Saturday. Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Newcastle United also got their seasons off to the best possible start.