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Manchester City 2-0 Southampton: Lampard, Aguero sink Saints

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  • City seal second place, finish the season on 79 points
  • Frank Lampard ends his PL career with a goal
  • Southampton finish in seventh, their highest-ever PL finish
  • Sergio Aguero wins golden boot with 26 PL goals this season

Manchester City beat Southampton 2-0 on Sunday as the Citizens finished the season off in style.

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Goals in either half from Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero secured the victory, with Aguero securing the PL’s golden boot award in the process, as Southampton failed to properly test Joe Hart with Sadio mane and Shane Long wasting good chances in the second half. Hart also won the golden glove for the most clean sheets (14) in the PL this season.

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City finish the season in second place on 79 points, the fourth-straight season they have finished in the top two of the PL, while Saints finish in seventh on 60 points and must now wait for the FA Cup final result to find out if they will play in the Europa League next season.

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Saints took the game to City early on as Filip Djuricic was taken out by Martin Demichelis in the first minute and the City defender was shown a yellow card. City eventually woke up and Aguero was denied three times by Saints’ goalkeeper Kelvin Davis as the Argentine striker buzzed in and around Southampton’s defense.

The opening goal of the game arrived in the 31st minute as James Milner cut the ball back from the right and Lampard timed his run perfectly to net his 177th goal in the PL in his final appearance in England’s top-flight. 1-0. In the second half Saints pushed forward to try and get the goals they needed to secure a place in the top six but Hart twice thwarted Mane and Long in quick succession with Koeman’s men running out of time.

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Lampard was then substituted and received a standing ovation from both sets of fans as he heads onto MLS with New York City FC. Late on Aguero made it 2-0 as he headed home his 26th goal of the season to sink Saints and give City a winning finish to what has been a disappointing campaign for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Southampton (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Manchester City host Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on MSNBC and online via Live Extra) as the Citizens have secured second-place in the Premier League.

As for Southampton, Ronald Koeman’s men sit in seventh but if they can grab a win on Sunday then they could climb as high as fifth which would secure a spot in the Europa League group stage for next season.

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Saints smashed Aston Villa 6-1 last weekend, while City beat Swansea 4-2 as both teams will look to finish the season off on a high.

In team news City are unchanged and have made Frank Lampard their captain for his final appearance in the PL, while Saints bring in Filip Djuricic for James Ward-Prowse and goalkeeper Kelvin Davis makes his 300th appearance in goal.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Milner, Lampard, Toure, Silva, Aguero. Subs: Cabellero, Sagna, Kompany, Navas, Jovetic, Dzeko, Bony

Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, S. Davis, Djuricic, Mane, Long, Pelle. Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Gardos, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Reed, Targett

Sunderland 2-1 Southampton: Two penalties clinch big win for Black Cats

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Sunderland beat 10-man Southampton 2-1 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, as two penalty kicks from Jordi Gomez did the damage.

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Gomez scored a spot kick in the first half but Sadio Mane popped up 74 seconds later to equalize for Saints. Less than 10 minutes into the second half James Ward-Prowse was sent off for fouling Jermain Defoe in the box and Gomez stepped up to secure the win despite a late rally from Saints.

With the victory Dick Advocaat’s side remain in 18th but are just a point from safety, while Saints are in seventh and are now four points off fifth place.

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After an even start Sunderland went ahead as Danny Graham was scissor kicked in the face by Jose Fonte and referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot. Gomez stepped up and slotted home past Kelvin Davis to make it 1-0 to the home side after a bright start.

Moments later it was 1-1 as Fonte’s long ball forward saw Costel Pantilimon come rushing out of hos goal but the Romanian goalkeeper was clattered into by his own defender, John O’Shea, and the loose ball fell to Mane who swept home his seventh goal of the season. 1-1 and less than a minute had passed between the two strikes.

As the first half wore on, Sunderland looked more likely to take the lead as Patrick van Aanholt pulled back a great ball to the penalty spot but Connor Wickham sidefooted his effort over. Graziano Pelle headed a chance over after Ryan Bertrand’s cross from the left for Saints but Kelvin Davis was forced into two saves from Wickham and Sebastian Larsson before the break as the Black Cats piled on the pressure.

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In the second half Saints missed a good chance as half time substitute Filip Djuricic should have done better. In the 55th minute a moment that changed the game arrived as Ward-Prowse was sent off for appearing to take down Jermain Defoe and Saints’ midfielder was sent off.

Gomez stepped up and scored his second spot kick of the match to make it 2-1, but on second viewing it appeared harsh on Ward-Prowse, and Saints, to give the penalty and Ronald Koeman was livid with the referee. Mane was replaced by Eljero Elia in the second half and Saints pushed hard to find an equalizer but Jack Rodwell could have wrapped the game up for Sunderland but squandered a great chance.

For Saints, Djuricic saw his effort from close range blocked and late on Steven Davis saw his effort brilliantly saved by Pantilimon as Sunderland held on for the win.

LINEUPS

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Larsson (Rodwell, 82′), Wickham, Gomez, O’Shea (Vergini, 31′), Graham, Coates, Defoe (Johnson, 82′)

Goals: (Gomez 21′, 55′)

Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Wanyama (Davis, 66′), Ward-Prowse, Long (Djuricic, 45′), Mane (Elia, 70′), Pelle

Goal: Mane (22′)

Premier League Preview: Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Saints have best defense in PL, conceding just 24
  • Southampton have won three-straight at home
  • Tottenham have won their last five-straight PL matches vs. Saints

Southampton host Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as the race for a top six spot heats up.

As things stand Saints are in seventh on 56 points and Spurs are in sixth on 57 points with five games of the season to go.

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Whoever wins on Saturday will take a huge step towards securing a place in the top six and guaranteeing a spot in next seasons Europa League. Both sides had aspirations of finishing in fourth and clinching the final UEFA Champions League spot but those dreams have all but evaporated after mixed form for both sides in recent weeks. Can Saints have one final push to finish their incredible season on a high? Victory against their old boss Mauricio Pochettino, who left to take over at Spurs last summer, would be sweet but Spurs’ 30-goal man Harry Kane will give the north London side a slight advantage.

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In team news Saints could have Toby Alderweireld fit after he recovered from a shoulder injury at Stoke last week but Victor Wanyama is suspended and Filip Djuricic, Fraser Forster and Jay Rodriguez are out injured. Spurs will make a late call on captain Hugo Lloris as their French goalkeeper was injured in the 4-3 win over Leicester City on Mar. 21 but could return at St Mary’s.

What they’re saying

Ronald Koeman on Pochettino’s return: “We fight for a good position on the table to reach European football and that’s the focus and everybody knows that Pochettino was the coach last season. He’s coming back to St Mary’s and that the fans, how the reception will be, okay, we will see that. But our focus has to be to win the game and I’m sure the players have the same feeling.”

Mauricio Pochettino on his emotions: It is an emotional game for me because we spend a year-and-a-half at Southampton and it was a fantastic period for me. We expect a very tough game and Southampton has very good players. They have had a fantastic season so far.

Prediction

Saints are without their goalkeeper Fraser Forster following his season-ending knee injury but that aside, they will be eager to impress against their old coach Pochettino as he should expect a not so warm welcome, at least from the home fans, when he returns to St Mary’s for the first time since walking away last summer. Spurs just have the edge in the caliber of their attacking players, so I’m going for a 2-1 win. That will hand them a huge boost to finish in the top six ahead of Saints.