Everton 1-3 Man City: Citizens move one step closer to title

Manchester City can win the Premier League title in next weekend’s Manchester derby following their dominant 3-1 victory at Everton on Saturday.

The runaway Premier League leaders were 2-0 up on Merseyside after only 12 minutes thanks to a superb volley from Leroy Sane and a bullet header from Gabriel Jesus as the hosts were powerless to resist Pep Guardiola’s attack.

City weren’t done there as Raheem Sterling finished coolly in the final 10 minutes of the first half to put the game beyond any doubt.

Although the soon-to-be champions finished with 82% of the possession they did relax in the second half and conceded to a fine finish from outside the box by Yannick Bolasie just after the hour, but the result was never in doubt.

Victory gives Guardiola’s men a 16-point lead over Manchester United whom they host next weekend with seven games to go.  Three points at the Etihad would see them be crowned 2017-18 Premier League champions in front of their local rivals.  Anything less and they can become the first team to become the champions of England at Wembley Stadium the following weekend.

Manchester City do have a Champions League quarter-final tie with Liverpool either side of the Manchester derby, starting at Anfield this Wednesday.  Liverpool were 2-1 winners at Crystal Palace in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kickoff.