Premier League Matchweek 24 hits and misses: Manchester City get decisive gap as Manchester United fail to win at The Hawthorns

Manchester City thump Tottenham and record 16th straight win in all competitions (3-0)

Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur became Manchester City's latest victims as they made it 16 wins in a row across all competitions with a 3-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

Pep Guardiola's side have now won their last 11 in the Premier League and look set to continue their march towards reclaiming their title from 2019/20 champions Liverpool, who themselves lost at Leicester earlier in the day.

All eyes were on Ederson before the game, with reports suggesting that he was in line to take a penalty should City be awarded one, as a result of their dreadful record from 12 yards of late.

But when they were handed a spot kick in the first half it was Rodrigo Hernandez and not the Brazilian who stepped up. Rodri made no mistake and finished past Hugo Lloris, despite the Frenchman getting a hand on his low effort.

Ilkay Gundogan made it two for City early in the second half, nicely finishing a well-worked move by firing beneath Lloris.

Ederson did have a hand as City got their third, though. The Brazilian sent a long punt straight to Gundogan, who sent Davinson Sanchez to ground before finishing. The strike was his ninth Premier League goal in 2021, compared to the mere eight scored by Liverpool.

Guardiola's side are now seven points clear of Leicester in second, and they have played one game fewer too. Impressively, they're 13 points ahead of Liverpool and also hold a game in hand over the Reds, who have lost each of their last three Premier League games.

Bruno Fernandes' Zidane-esque volley not enough for Manchester United to beat West Brom (1-1)

Manchester United dropped more points in their pursuit of Manchester City with a 1-1 draw to West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The hosts took an early lead when Mbaye Diagne towered above Victor Lindelof and headed Conor Gallagher's cross out of David de Gea's reach.

United had to wait until the final couple of minutes of the half for their equaliser; Bruno Fernandes connecting sweetly with Luke Shaw's cross to volley home.

Into the second half, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were awarded a penalty when Harry Maguire went down under the challenge of Semi Ajayi but, after a VAR review, the decision was reversed.

The United captain would've snuck in a late winner had Sam Johnstone not tipped his header on to the post.

The draw leaves United seven points behind leaders City in the Premier League table, with Pep Guardiola's men having played one game less.

Liverpool in freefall as Leicester hand them their third loss in a row (3-1)

Liverpool's woes continue after former manager Brendan Rodgers' Leicester side inflicted their third consecutive Premier League loss.

The defeat means that Jurgen Klopp's men could fall to fourth place by the end of this gameweek if Chelsea or West Ham win on Monday.

Liverpool did take the lead with a fine effort from Mohamed Salah in the 67th minute but Leicester responded well.

James Maddison got the equaliser 12 minutes after Salah's opener and the home side were ahead just three minutes later when Jamie Vardy capitalised on a defensive mix up to score in an empty goal.

Harvey Barnes put the game beyond doubt four minutes later with a tidy finish after being played in nicely by Wilfred Ndidi.

The result puts Leicester City second and within four points of Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

Liverpool meanwhile have lost three in a row for the first time under Klopp and lose from a winning position for the first time since April 2017.

Source: Marca / Conor Clancy - Billy Munday - Andrew McDougall


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