Manchester City increase the gap at the top
Manchester City have put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack with a crucial 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne made the difference for the Citizens with a beautiful goal in the 2nd half.
The Blues came into the game with a 10 point deficit to the champions and badly needed a victory to keep their slim title hopes alive. But that wasn't to be as City dominated them from start to finish. The first half saw City have 64% of the ball as they dictated terms but weren't their usual free-flowing selves.
Chelsea were set up to nullify City's attackers and did a good job of it but were disappointing going forward with the front three of Lukaku, Ziyech and Pulisic having an off-night. Chelsea did not have a single shot at Ederson's goal in the first half, which was the 1st time under Thomas Tuchel. The one big chance went City's way when Kovacic was robbed off the ball in his own half and Grealish had a 1v1 with the keeper but Kepa saved it brilliantly.
The 2nd half saw Chelsea improve and should have scored when Lukaku was in on goal but Ederson came to City's rescue with a vital save. De Bruyne opened the scoring with a superb curling shot from outside the box to beat Kepa. City closed out the game from there on to pick up their 12th consecutive victory.
United let a two-goal lead slip against Villa
Manchester United had a frustrating game once again as they were held 2-2 by Aston Villa. Bruno Fernandes' brace was cancelled out by goals from Philippe Coutinho and Jacob Ramsey. United missed out on the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford who were nursing injuries while Anthony Elanga made his 1st Premier League start of the season.
United started the game brightly and were the dominant side for the first half-hour. They took the lead after Emi Martinez spilt a Bruno Fernandes shot into his own goal. Villa improved and Buendia had a header saved by De Gea from a corner.
Villa were more aggressive in the 2nd half but United doubled their advantage with a quick counter-attack which led to the 2nd goal for Bruno Fernandes. The introduction of Philippe Coutinho, who was making his Villa debut, by Steven Gerrard changed the complexion of the whole game.
The Brazilian had an instant impact as he assisted a goal and scored the other. He set up Jacob Ramsey after some swift passing in United's 18-yard box. Coutinho then scored the equalizer, tapping in Jacob Ramsey's low cross to earn Villa a draw.
Newcastle concede last-gasp equalizer to Watford
Newcastle United's hopes of avoiding the drop took a big hit as they conceded a late equalizer to fellow relegation battlers Watford. The Magpies took the lead in the 49th minute through Allan Saint-Maximin as they look poised for a crucial victory in what was a relegation six-pointer.
But Joan Pedro dashed their hopes as he scored a brilliant header late on to give Claudio Ranieri's men a vital point at St. James' Park. The Magpies are now 19th with 12 points and Watford are 17th with 14 having played a game less.