Manchester City made it 13 wins in a row and 20 unbeaten as they strolled past Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand.
Gabriel Jesus gave City an early lead, heading home after Nick Pope had weakly parried Bernardo Silva’s shot and the title favourites got a two-goal cushion before the break as Raheem Sterling converted Ilkay Gundogan’s fierce centre at close range
Burnley had just two shots and Ederson didn’t have to make a save in a comfortable City win, their ninth on the bounce in the Premier League ahead of their Sunday showdown at Liverpool.
The result means City are the first Premier League side since Arsenal between March and August 2002 to win 13 consecutive matches in all competitions. Burnley sit 16th, but eight points clear of the drop zone.
City barely got out of second gear in the opening 45 minutes but found themselves 2-0 up through one gift and another brilliant move.
They took the lead in the third minute as Pope could only parry Bernardo Silva’s shot, despite being close to his body, allowing Jesus to react and head into the bottom right corner from close range for his third goal in four games.
Burnley, who failed to register a first-half shot, did keep City at bay for 35 minutes as the leaders strolled around in possession, but as soon as they saw a gap, they pounced.
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Receiving the ball on the right, Riyad Mahrez timed a ball into Gundogan on the right byline, and the German’s fierce ball across the face of goal was turned home by Sterling at close range. Sterling also has three goals in four appearances, having scored three in his previous 18 before that.