Manchester City surged 12 factors clear on the prime of the Premier League with a 2-0 win towards Brentford, whereas Tottenham’s prime 4 bid suffered a blow in a dramatic 3-2 defeat towards Southampton.
Pep Guardiola’s facet prolonged their unbeaten run within the league to 14 matches because of Riyad Mahrez’s first half penalty and Kevin De Bruyne’s strike after the interval on the Etihad Stadium.
City have been held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton of their earlier league sport, however they acquired again on observe to pile the strain on second positioned Liverpool, who host Leicester on Thursday in certainly one of their two video games in hand on the champions.
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City made six adjustments to the crew that beat Fulham within the FA Cup final weekend, with Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker dropped simply days after Guardiola was compelled to defend the pair for an evening out in Manchester.
Footage on social media displaying Grealish, Walker and Mahrez outdoors a venue in Manchester.
However Guardiola didn’t have a problem together with his gamers, joking that they might be fined for failing to ask him.
City have been unaffected by the fuss as they dominated from begin to end, lastly making the breakthrough after 40 minutes.
Raheem Sterling’s run drew a rash sliding deal with from Mads Roerslav, conceding a penalty that Algeria winger Mahrez transformed emphatically.
City scored the killer second purpose within the 69th minute when Brentford keeper David Raya handed straight to Sterling.
Though Raya saved Sterling’s shot, Kevin De Bruyne pounced on the rebound and stroked a cool end into the empty web.
“I’m very glad with the efficiency. It’s troublesome once they defend deep with 10 gamers,” Guardiola mentioned.
“Liverpool have two video games to play, then we see the hole. Everybody is hard competitors, however it’s spectacular at this stage to have 60 factors. We’ve performed extremely properly.”
On the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Jan Bednarek’s personal purpose within the 18th minute put the hosts in entrance.
Southampton have been stage 5 minutes later when Armando Broja side-footed previous Hugo Lloris.
Son Heung-min struck for Tottenham in controversial style after 70 minutes. Southampton felt Broja was fouled by Emerson Royal within the build-up, however David Coote allowed play to proceed and Lucas Moura picked out Son to slip dwelling from eight yards.
The guests, maybe provoked by Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte’s complaints about their protests, responded impressively.
Mohamed Elyounoussi equalised with an eightieth minute header from James Ward-Prowse’s cross, sending Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl operating on the pitch to have a good time.
Che Adams nodded dwelling two minutes later from one other pin-point Ward-Prowse supply.
Steven Bergwijn thought he had saved Conte from a primary dwelling league defeat with Tottenham, however his stoppage-time effort was disallowed for offside.
“We’ve to be higher to handle the sport in numerous conditions. We are able to enhance on this facet. I knew there was numerous the job to do,” Conte mentioned.
Tottenham stay seventh, 4 factors adrift of fourth positioned West Ham with three video games in hand.
Leeds got here from 3-1 down to grab an exciting 3-3 draw at Aston Villa. Daniel James fired Leeds forward within the ninth minute, however Philippe Coutinho equalised within the thirtieth minute together with his second Villa purpose since his January mortgage transfer from Barcelona.
Villa have been in entrance eight minutes later as Coutinho offered a wonderfully weighted move for Jacob Ramsey to complete.
Ramsey lashed in his second within the forty fourth minute and as soon as extra Coutinho was the catalyst.
However James decreasing the deficit with a close-range header and Diego Llorente accomplished Leeds’ fightback after 63 minutes.
Villa’s Ezri Konsa was despatched off within the 87th minute for 2 bookings. Wilfried Zaha went from hero to zero because the Ivory Coast ahead missed a penalty after scoring Crystal Palace’s equaliser of their 1-1 draw at Norwich.
Third backside Norwich took the lead after simply 39 seconds when Teemu Pukki’s miscued effort squirmed in for the quickest purpose within the Premier League this season.