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Not classy, but gutsy Manchester City make it 21 wins on the bounce

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Manchester City were not at their devastating best on Tuesday night but they showed great determination and managed to pull further away from the other Premier League clubs in the title race, as they recorded their 21st win in all competitions.

Wolves were looking to end City’s incredible run at the Etihad, but that hope was diluted as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez and an own goal from Dendoncker secured a 4-1 win for the runaway league leaders.

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Following his return from injury in the victory over West Ham United, Sergio Aguero was not picked by Guardiola in the starting lineup as he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus.

Raheem Sterling, Bernado Silva, and Cancelo who missed the game against West Ham also returned to play a part in their side’s continuing dominance.

As expected, Manchester City dominated the opening minutes of the first half and took the lead in the 15th minute through a Leander Dendoncker own goal.

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The defender was unable to direct his kick out of the danger zone and ended up putting Mahrez’s pass, which was intended for the lurking Raheem Sterling at the far post, into his own net.

Conor Coady gave the Cityzens a bit of a nut to crack in the second half after equalizing in the 61st minute.

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The equalizing goal gave Nuno’s side the hope of ending City’s run but Pep’s side saved the best for the latter part of the game as they scored thrice in 10 minutes to emerge victorious on the night.

Gabriel Jesus scored in the 80th minute to make it 2-1 for City before Mahrez grabbed his in the 90th minute.  Jesus then netted his second of the night and his club’s fourth in the third minute of added time to give Man City all three points.

Not classy, but gutsy Manchester City make it 21 wins on the bounce
Gabriel Jesus scored twice in Manchester City’s win over Wolves. Image credit: Reuters

The win over Wolves means that Manchester City are now 15 points clear at the top of the pile and have gone 21 games without a defeat or a draw.

Their next target will be to equal Bayern Munich’s record 23 successive wins for a top-flight from any of Europe’s recognized ‘top five’ leagues, and they can get closer to that when they play their neighbors, Manchester United on Sunday.

United to close the gap on Man City?

Manchester United have the opportunity to reduce the gap between themselves and Manchester City to 12 points when they take on Crystal Palace tomorrow at the Selhurst Park.

A win will give the Red Devils the needed motivation to end City’s run in the Manchester derby which is scheduled for Sunday.

The game between Crystal Palace and Manchester United is among several games coming up including the crucial encounter between Chelsea and Liverpool.

Liverpool vs Chelsea: A battle for top four spot

While there appears to be no competition for Manchester City, the battle for Champions League places is heating up. Chelsea and Liverpool who lie outside the top four, currently, will lock horns at Anfield on Thursday night with the hope of strengthening their claim for a place in the top four.

Thomas Tuchel’s side drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Sunday and will seek to make amends when they play at Anfield, while Liverpool won their first game after several consecutive defeats in the Premier League…

Premier League fixtures

Below are the mid week fixtures for the Premier League. 

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

Manchester City 4-1  Wolverhampton Wanderers

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

Burnley  18:00  Leicester City

Sheffield United  18:00  Aston Villa

Crystal Palace  20:15  Manchester United

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

Fulham 18:00  Tottenham Hotspur

West Bromwich Albion  18:00  Everton

Liverpool  20:15  Chelsea

 

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