Laporte header sends Man City top (video)

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  • Laporte nods in D. Silva free kick
  • Jesus adds goal at the death
  • City outshoots Everton 14-4
  • MCFC second team to breach 60 points this season

Manchester City went atop the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The visitors, who got a late marker from Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte opened the scoring, have played one more match than leaders Liverpool. Both have 62 points.

Everton probably deserved a point on the merit of its second half, but remains ninth with 33 points.

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Leroy Sane nearly continued Man City’s run of scoring very early in matches, snapping a left-footed shot wide of the far post.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford came out for a corner kick and missed it, but Aymeric Laporte nodded wide in the 16th minute.

Sane and David Silva set-up Aguero in-tight, but the Argentine hit the cross bar as City kept pouring forward toward an opener.

It wasn’t all City, as Bernard won a corner when he headed a Theo Walcott cross off the back of Kyle Walker.

City got its goal before halftime, with Laporte getting a header past Pickford off a spinning David Silva free kick.

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Second-half sub Raheem Sterling became the focal point of all things City, influential at both ends of the pitch.

City could not kill off Everton, and Marco Silva introduced Gylfi Sigurdsson for the last 30 minutes and Richarlison off the bench as the match neared its final quarter-hour.

Jesus then collected a Kevin De Bruyne through ball in the seventh minute of stoppage time, nodding the ball over the line after Pickford slapped it into the air.

Klopp hits out at Man City, Walker over deleted tweet

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Jurgen Klopp is not impressed with the conduct of Manchester City right back Kyle Walker on social media.

Following Liverpool slipping up at home against Leicester City in midweek, Walker made fun of the 1-1 draw by posting a photo of Leicester’s Harry Maguire on Twitter with a caption which said: “So, basically they thought they were going to go seven points clear…”

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash at West Ham on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), Klopp hit out at Man City and Walker about the social media post, as the England right back has since deleted the message.

“I’m not sure what that says about us, but it says something about them,” Klopp said. “I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost a game. For me, that’s not allowed. You have to do your own things, you have to try to show your best performance.”

Tell us how you really feel, Jurgen.

The title race is heating up and there’s no doubting that Liverpool missed a golden chance to at least place one hand on the Premier League trophy they’ve longed for.

Klopp’s men sit five points ahead of Man City with 14 games to go, and are in the driving seat.

But after City’s shock defeat away at Newcastle, Pep Guardiola‘s side will probably gain confidence at not seeing Liverpool pull even further away from them at the top of the table.

City play against Arsenal on Sunday and a win would reduce the gap to Liverpool to just two points, as the Reds travel to West Ham. The heat is on.

The heat wasn’t on during Liverpool’s draw with Leicester due to snow and icy conditions, and particular attention has been played to alleged gamesmanship.

Liverpool’s groundstaff only cleared the penalty box the home team were attacking in the second half, which led to many suggesting it was a direct order to make life more difficult for Leicester to attack and scored a second goal.

“Our groundstaff tried to clear up the pitch but they didn’t have enough manpower and soon realised how difficult a task it was,” Klopp explained. “There was no plan to just clear our side – I can promise you that. In England people are not used to these conditions. In Germany you give shovels to everyone, including the crowd, to help clear the pitch.”

Palace eliminates Spurs from FA Cup

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Tottenham Hotspur’s miserable January continued Sunday with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had targeted cup success and was flummoxed when Chelsea avenged a first leg deficit by knocking the North Londoners out of the League Cup at the semifinal stage at midweek.

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Now nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool in the Premier League and facing Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League’s Round of 16, Spurs’ avenues toward a first trophy since the 2008 League Cup.

Having conceded a ninth minute tap-in goal to Connor Wickham and a penalty to Andros Townsend for a handball on Kyle Walker-Peters, Spurs were handed a chance to jump back into the game when Patrick Van Aanholt caught Juan Foyth in the box.

Enter Kieran Trippier and exit music for a wide effort.

Spurs host Watford at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

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Fresh off a battle in the League Cup, Premier League powers Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea aim for spots in the next round of the FA Cup with Sunday matches.

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Spurs open the day’s pair of ties by visiting Crystal Palace, while Chelsea will host Sheffield Wednesday two hours later at 1 p.m. ET.

Tottenham is without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Oliver Skipp getting starts for the North London side.

Regulars Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mamadou Sakho, and Luka Milivojevic are on the bench for Palace.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Man City obliterates Burton Albion 9-0 in Carabao Cup

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Manchester City started a strong lineup in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal against League One side Burton Albion, and boy did it pay off.

Pep Guardiola‘s side put on an attacking clinic for the ages as they hammered Burton 9-0 as Gabriel Jesus picked up four goals, while five other blue shirts found the back of the net, including Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker, and Riyad Mahrez.

A few Manchester City starters were rested, with Sergio Aguero not in the squad and Ederson, John Stones, and Raheem Sterling all on the bench, but de Bruyne, Walker, and Jesus all found the starting lineup as did David Silva and Ilkay Gundoguan, and the lower league minnows never had a chance.

De Bruyne scored just five minutes in to begin the onslaught, and Manchester City never looked back. Jesus opened his bursting account on the half-hour mark, and doubled his number four minutes later thanks to a great chip from Gundoguan.

Jesus had his hat-trick just before the hour mark, and bagged a fourth five minutes past it. Academy product Phil Foden also got in on the action in the 62nd minute as City scored four goals in a 13-minute second half span. Oleksandr Zinchenko also scored, and Mahrez’s messy effort trickled in with seven minutes remaining to complete the demolition.

After putting seven goals past Rotherham in early FA Cup action last time out, Manchester City becomes the first English club to record at least a combined 16 goals across two consecutive fixtures since they did it back in 1987 (source: Opta). Burton Albion had achieved much just to reach this point of the competition, having already defeated Premier League side Burnley back in the third round and taking down fellow Championship clubs Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Middlesbrough on its way to the semifinals.

Manchester City takes its incredible goalscoring form back to the Premier League where they face newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday followed by a Sunday meeting with Huddersfield Town, before the second leg against Burton Albion which will be little more than a formality.