Manchester City are now just one win away from being crowned Premier League champions after a swaggering 3-1 victory over Everton.
Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their 16-point lead at the top thanks to a scintillating first-half display at Goodison Park.
Leroy Sane put City ahead with a sumptuous volley from David Silva’s pin-point cross in the fourth minute before Gabriel Jesus increased City’s lead eight minutes later, the Brazilian forward heading in from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
Thrashed 4-0 at Everton last season in one of the worst defeats of Guardiola’s glittering career, City underlined their vast improvement since then as Raheem Sterling finished off a ruthless counter-attack in the 37th minute.
Yannick Bolasie drilled home for Everton in the 63rd minute, but City’s club record 13th away league win means they have 84 points and can break the previous record total for Premier League champions — Chelsea’s 85-point haul in 2005 — if they beat Manchester United.
City, on a five-match winning run in the league, can look forward to the delicious prospect of sealing the title when bitter rivals United visit the Etihad next Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side kept up their end of the bargain with a straightforward victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford – a win that saw them leapfrog Liverpool back into second place in the table, but means that defeat to their neighbours next weekend will put the title mathematically beyond their reach.
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