Manchester City secured a 17th successive win in the Premier League with a 4-0 win over strugglers AFC Bournemouth thanks to a brace from Sergio Aguero and goals from Raheem Sterling and Danilo.

Eddie Howe’s side, who are now without a win in seven league games, started the game well, with their compact formation keeping Manchester City at bay and reducing them to just taking long shots.

City almost broke the deadlock when Nicolas Otamendi hit a pile-driver from outside the box, which was well saved by Asmir Begovic.

However, it was Begovic who was at fault for City taking the lead, when his misplaced clearance was picked up by Fernandinho, who put a cross into the box to give an unmarked Sergio Aguero a simple finish.

Bournemouth caused City a couple of scares going into half time, but, shortly after the break, City doubled their lead when the in-form Raheem Sterling got on the end of Aguero’s pass to slot home his 16th goal of the season with a neat finish.

It proved to be City’s day when, with the clock ticking, Aguero bagged his second goal of the game with a header from a fine Bernardo Silva cross. City then claimed a fourth goal with substitute Danilo getting his first goal for the club in a quick break away.

With Man United drawing at Leicester, City opened up a 13 point lead at the top of the table – the most of any side going into Christmas in the Premier League.

For Bournemouth however, their poor run continues. They have important upcoming games against West Ham and Brighton which are must wins if they are going to stay in this division.

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