LONDON – Manchester City reopened their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Wednesday thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win away to Burnley.
Although Manchester United had moved level on points with Pep Guardiola’s men after their 9-0 thrashing of Southampton 24 hours earlier, the result didn’t appear to worry City.
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the third minute with a header from close range after Nick Pope had parried Bernardo Silva’s original effort.
Sterling doubled City’s lead after 38 minutes as he finished off a flowing team move with a close-range finish, and his side’s control of the ball allowed them to avoid much suffering in the second half.
Liverpool’s title hopes look to be over after they lost 1-0 at home to Brighton, the first time they have suffered consecutive home defeats in nine year.
Jurgen Klopp’s men never looked fluid, and Steven Alzate’s 56th minute goal lifts Brighton ten points clear of the relegation zone.
Leicester City remain in the top four after goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin gave them a 2-0 win away to relegation-threatened Fulham.
Iheanacho put Leicester ahead after a cross from James Maddison, who turned provider again later to allow Justin to round the keeper and ensure the victory.
First-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton on their way to a 2-1 win away to Leeds United, who pulled a goal back in the 48th minute through Raphinha but were unable to find an equalizer as Everton dug deep in the closing minutes.
Jesse Lingard made an immediate impact on arrival at West Ham on loan from Manchester United with goals in the 56th and 83rd minutes as his side won 3-1 away to Aston Villa. Tomas Soucek had put West Ham ahead in the 51st minute, and Ollie Watkins netted a consolation for Villa.