Manchester City took a huge stride towards claiming their third Premier League title in six years with a comfortable 3-1 away win at bogey side Everton.
This was the perfect start to a run of four tough games that could see the Blues claim the Premier League title as well as a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
City were under much pressure going into this game, especially after they were humiliated in last season’s corresponding fixture and had to make a strong start to this game, which they did with Leroy Sane superbly volleying home to open the scoring.
After the impressive David Silva showed superb skill to put a ball into the box after a magnificent touch, the German was on hand to score a well timed shot.
Everton came close to equalising shortly after with Yannick Bolasie heading over, but City were straight down Everton’s throats and shortly after this chance, Gabriel Jesus headed home from close range following Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.
City continued to be ruthless in front of goal, when a debatable offside call wasn’t given against David Silva, allowing the Spaniard to give Raheem Sterling a tap in to kill the game off.
Everton came out in the second half stronger and did lift the mood around Goodison Park when Yannick Bolasie hit a low and powerful shot that went through Kyle Walker’s legs and evaded Ederson. This gave Everton hope of a lifeline, but City kept the ball fantastically throughout to claim a 13th away win of the season.
With this monkey off their back, City can look ahead to Wednesday’s second trip to Merseyside in a few days for the first leg of the Champions League at Anfield with more confidence in what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter, before taking the “once in a lifetime chance” to claim the titles against rivals United on Saturday.
As for Everton, Allardyce has completed his usual trick of guiding them to safety and mid-table, but after the ambitions shown by the chairman and the money spent in the summer, it is questionable if this will be enough for the former England manager to keep his job going into next season.