Manchester City waltzed back to the summit of the Premier League table with a straightforward 2-0 victory over Cardiff City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
City, who handed a first Premier League start to Phil Foden, were hardly prompted to move from second gear against a meek Cardiff side as they moved a point above Liverpool at the summit with six games left to play.
De Bruyne only needed six minutes to fire high into the net from a tight angle to the left of Neil Etheridge’s goal, with the keeper anticipating a cross.
City doubled their advantage just before half time in what was a superb team move. Mahrez turned his man inside out down the right flank, before supplying a cross to the back post. Jesus guided the ball back to an unmarked Sane with his chest, who struck a first time effort low and hard towards the bottom corner.
Tottenham moved up to third in the Premier League as they opened their new stadium with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had to be patient to make their bow at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the estimated £1 billion project suffered a series of delays, but they immediately made themselves at home to end a five-game winless run in the league.
After a frustrating first half which saw the Eagles comfortably keep the hosts at bay, Son Heung-Min gave the home supporters something to cheer in the 55th minute when he scored the first ever official goal in the strapping new stadium, finding the bottom corner after a heavy deflection off Luka Milivojevic.
Christian Eriksen then added a deserved second 10 minutes from time, stretching to poke home when the ball fell kindly for him in the box to propel Spurs one point above Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
A relatively second-string Chelsea side justified their selection as the Blues recorded an impressive 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri shuffled his team from Sunday’s contentious 2-1 win at Cardiff City, handing Hudson-Odoi his first league start. The in-demand youngster, along with Olivier Giroud and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, played crucial roles in the win, with Chelsea rarely looking like they would drop any points against an ultra-defensive Brighton team.
Hudson-Odoi certainly made an impact out wide, setting up Giroud with a pinpoint cross to give the dominant Blues the lead just before half-time with the Frenchman’s first Premier League goal since November.
Eden Hazard doubled their advantage with an hour played, curling into the far right corner after some good work from Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek – who had ultimately set up the Belgian – wrapped things up three minutes later with a gorgeous 25-yard strike into the top corner, sending Chelsea above Manchester United and into fifth on the log.
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