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Man City a victory away from EPL title

Man City a victory away from EPL title”

For someone so focused on defence usually, this seemed like a rather strange deviation.

Footage posted on Twitter showed the supporters making a quick getaway after giving up any slim hope of a late revival.

Everton had occasional joy when targeting the former Athletic Bilbao centre-half and it requires no stretch of the imagination to suspect Liverpool and Mohamed Salah will target that area with greater quality on Wednesday.

Former Chelsea and Everton star Lukaku, who has netted in five times in his last six appearances, now has 100 career Premier League goals.

However, the shift in momentum was only a temporary one, and soon after the home support's patience had worn thin and a large chunk of the Toffees supporters had clearly had enough.

Attempting to stand out from the crowd can often be a tricky task, especially in the 39,000-capacity Goodison Park. "In other leagues we would be fighting for the title", Mourinho said.

It meant that Everton's defence consisting of a fragile Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka were horribly exposed and unable to stop the visitors from cutting them open.

Guardiola had selected Laporte, the second-most expensive defender in world football, at left-back with Fabian Delph easing his way back from injury and Danilo on the substitutes' bench.

Fully aware of their hosts' weaknesses, Guardiola's men hit with breakneck speed on the counter, regularly finding space down both sides of the Everton defence.

Despite their dominance though, they couldn't add to their three goals and Bolasie at least gave the home fans something cheer about when he fired a low drive in off the post from 20 yards in the second half.

Manchester City will end the weekend top of the table regardless of the result, by a maximum of 19 points and a minimum of 13.

City broke quickly again for the third, Silva laying a beautiful pass into the path of Sterling as the game drifted into a training exercise for the remainder of the match.

Pep Guardiola's charges were cruising going into the break and it was hard to see the Toffees getting back into the match. Particularly against a high-press, his ability to distribute forward efficiently is invaluable.

It's not often that a goalkeeper excels to such an extent in an easy win.

0-3, 0-4, 2-5, 1-5, 0-4 and 1-3.

Everton's season hasn't gone quite so smoothly.

"We have done incredibly well so far", Kompany told BT Sport after City beat Everton to set up the title shot against United. "Now we have a few days to prepare for this game".

So what next, with Premier League safety already secured for another season?

Shorn of the work rate and tenacity of Idrissa Gueye and Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield, Allardyce recalled Morgan Schneiderlin and deployed Wayne Rooney alongside him, in a formation that included three attack-minded players Bolasie, Theo Walcott and Dominic Calvert-Lewin playing behind Cenk Tosun.

He even offered out a basket of Cadbury's cream eggs too. Kevin De Bruyne put the ball on a plate for Jesus to head home from close range. For this has been a season of tangible regression at Goodison Park.



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