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Man City rides early goals, Ederson to win over Bournemouth

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Bournemouth’s best efforts couldn’t defy Ederson as Manchester City collected a 2-1 win over the Cherries at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

David Silva continues his rich vein of form as he winds down his time at City, scoring a brilliant free kick goal and an assist to Gabriel Jesus in the win.

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City goes to 75 points, 18 behind Liverpool who plays later Wednesday.

David Brooks scored in the 89th minute to put some pressure on the hosts, but Bournemouth finishes the day three points back of Watford and West Ham in the race to avoid the drop.

Man City finishes with Watford and Norwich City, while Bournemouth meets Southampton and Everton.

MAN CITY – BOURNEMOUTH FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Howe’s plan an unexecuted winner: Of course Man City was going to have the ball at home against the relegation-threatened Cherries, and Bournemouth gave them almost 75 percent. But Eddie Howe’s men sprung forth with vigor when they did manage possession, talking 14 of the 22 shots and deserving a point at the least. Callum Wilson should’ve had at least two goals as Bournemouth created the only “big chances” of the game according to SofaScore.

2. City just escapes through Ederson: The hosts had an eye on the FA Cup semifinal this weekend and needed Ederson to make several big saves to put all three points with the home side. Nicolas Otamendi had a fine intervention to deny one goal but a tough day on the whole. Ederson made two saves, two high claims, and one successful run out.

3. Jesus finding his form: Sergio Aguero’s injury has all eyes on Gabriel Jesus, and the Brazilian center forward is sending a note to FA Cup and Champions League combatants that City’s going to be just fine up top. Jesus scored for the third-straight game — albeit against Newcastle, Brighton, and Bournemouth — to give him 40 career Premier League goals. It’s his 13th of the season, matching a single season PL high.

Man of the Match

David Silva — What a player.


Manchester City – Bournemouth recap

City’s lead came from a bar-down free kick from David Silva in the sixth minute, exquisite stuff from the departing legend.

The Cherries found some footing around the half-hour mark, forcing Ederson into a flying free kick save that he pushed off the post and his glove before it became a corner kick.

Dominic Solanke was then point blank when Ederson was caught adventuring, but Nicolas Otamendi blocked over the goal.

Gabriel Jesus punished Bournemouth for its lack of finish when he took a pass from Silva and cut past two Cherries to drive low past Aaron Ramsdale for 2-0 in the 39th.

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Bournemouth thought it’d dragged a goal back when Junior Stanislas slipped Solanke through at the back post, but VAR upheld the linesman’s idea that the striker was just offside.

Callum Wilson had a chance to make it 2-1 in the 81st when David Brooks found Callum Wilson at the spot only to see the Englishman’s flick bound wide of the far post.

Brooks put Bournemouth within one with a few minutes remaining and Wilson just missed in a bid for a 90th-minute equalizer.

Sterling hat trick leads Man City rout of Brighton

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Raheem Sterling finished his hat trick in goofy fashion as Manchester City cruised past Brighton and Hove Albion 5-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday to seal second place in the Premier League,.

A falling Sterling saw a looping ball bound off his head and roll over the line late in the contest, as City became the second team this season to break the 70-point barrier with 72.

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Gabriel Jesus had a goal and two assists for City and Bernardo Silva scored City’s other goal as the runners-up clinched second place and moved 21 points back of Liverpool.

Brighton remains eight points outside the bottom three, not safe (but pretty much safe). The Seagulls did not get a single shot on target.


Three things we learned

1. Sterling makes personal history: Sterling’s 25th, 26th, and 27th goals give him a new career-high in all competitions after scoring 25 in last season’s marquee run. He’s done it in six fewer outings, though his eight assists are a far cry from his usual pace. That said, the English winger still has three PL matches and at least one each of FA Cup and Champions League matches. It still could be his best season yet.

2. De Bruyne shows a quieter greatness: The Belgian is the favorite to win Premier League Player of the Year and could’ve had a couple more assists on Saturday. While his window to break Thierry Henry’s single-season assist record is becoming tighter, he’s still catching the eye with remarkable shows like his 7-of-7 performance on duels versus Brighton. De Bruyne is so well-positioned, so often, that he rarely puts himself in a position to fail.

3. Another zero: City kept a clean sheet away from home for the first time since Feb. 22 and the shutout gave Ederson back-to-back blanks for the second time of Project Restart (City blanked Arsenal and Burnley in its return to life in the PL).

Man of the Match:

Jesus — The Brazilian’s goal and two assists were part of a day that he completed six-of-seven dribbles despite taking less than 40 touches. He also won six of 11 duels and was credited with two interceptions. His 20 goals in all competitions is one away from the personal best set last season.


Brighton – Man City recap

City really found its footing around the quarter-hour mark and Raheem Sterling fed Benjamin Mendy for a blocked effort and corner kick. Eric Garcia just missed the back post on the ensuing set piece.

Sterling put CIty on the board in the 21st, taking a Gabriel Jesus flick of a Riyad Mahrez cross and rolling a classy low shot beyond the reach of Mat Ryan.

Mahrez then fed Mendy into the left of the box and the Frenchman lashed a shot off the outside of the net.

Kevin De Bruyne fed Jesus for a header popped over goal and Jesus cranked a deflected shot off the cross bar in the 36th.

Jesus danced in the box to lay off for Mahrez, who blazed wide of the far post.

It was another corner that made it 2-0, Rodri flicking the set piece to the back post for Jesus to knife into the goal.

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De Bruyne cranked a free kick off the goal post after halftime, and the third goal came soon.

Mahrez curled an invitation to the back post and Sterling leant into the header for a 3-0 lead in the 53rd.

Bernardo got City’s fourth off a Ryan error, as the goalkeeper couldn’t handle the player’s first shot and saw the rebound spill back onto the path of the Portuguese.

Latest Manchester City record a very Pep Guardiola mark

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Manchester City did what now?

The Premier League soon-to-be runners-up set a league record for passing on Wednesday in a 5-0 blowout of Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

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Led by David Silva in a vintage performance, Pep Guardiola’s men completed 787-of-840 passes according to Opta.

Silva completed 104 of those passes at 94 percent, and City’s 93.7 completion rate is the best percentage since the league started keeping passing data 17 years ago.

That includes an almost absurd 42-of-48 (86 percent) on long passes (nuts!). Rodri only misplaced one of his 50 passes and striker Gabriel Jesus completed all of his 21 passes despite playing in the thick of the final third.

Here’s Pep Guardiola, who likes a pass, y’know? From the BBC:

“We played really good all the games but unfortunately dropped points. In general the way we are playing and the performances are really good. … David Silva is a huge competitor, playing in the small spaces he is a fantastic player. He played really good.”

Sometimes it’s better to get feedback from the people on the other end.

Steve Bruce really put a bow on facing City on Wednesday.

“Interview in the rain after being beaten 5-0, painful. Not as half as painful as watching that. We are disappointing but they were far too good for us, we have to do better, we gifted them some goals and you cannot do that against a team of this caliber.”

No kidding. City finishes with Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City and also had to contest an FA Cup semifinal, possible final, and the Champions League next month.

Man City, silky Silva saunter past Newcastle United

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Manchester City was back in fine form on Wednesday, riding a David Silva masterclass to a 5-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva had a goal and two assists, joining Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and a Newcastle own goal on the score sheet.

MANCHESTER CITY – NEWCASTLE FULL MATCH REPLAY

Man City moves onto 69 points, 20 behind champions Liverpool, and has 86 goals on the season with matches remaining against Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City.

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Newcastle’s 43 points are good for 13th place. Newcastle drew City earlier this year at St. James’ Park before losing an FA Cup quarterfinal against Pep Guardiola’s men last month.


Three things we learned

1. Silva turns back the clock: Not that he’s usually anything but classy, but David Silva turned back the clock on Wednesday in a virtuoso performance for City. The Spaniard scored a classy free kick and also picked up the first and last assists of the day in showcasing why he’s one of City’s all-time best players. He had 134 touches and completed 106-of-112 passes on the day as his delightful City career waltzes toward its conclusion (SofaScore).

Here’s his assist to open the scoring.

2. Assist watch: Kevin De Bruyne moved onto 18 assists, two shy of matching Thierry Henry’s single season Premier League record. KDB has Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City left on its docket, and that should worry Arsenal’s French legend. Heck, if Phil Foden had his finishing boots on Wednesday, KDB would’ve hit 20 by the final whistle.

3. Yedlin struggles: It has not been a good season for American right back DeAndre Yedlin, and the Newcastle veteran struggled like many do at City. The hosts feasted on Newcastle’s right side, as Yedlin’s first start since Feb. 1 and third of 2020 was a rough one.

Man of the Match:

Silva — A remarkable man. Look at this free kick.


Man City – Newcastle recap

Man City was in control from moment No. 1 and there was little surprise when they took the lead through Jesus’ in-tight finish from Phil Foden’s feed.

City forced another save out of Dubravka after a dozen minutes, and then scored a second goal in the 21st when Foden set up De Bruyne. The Belgian then spotted Mahrez for 2-0.

Foden missed a 40th-minute chance to increase the lead to three, dragging a shot just wide of the far post.

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Foden missed another chance off a De Bruyne feed after halftime, as the Belgian could’ve had the PL single season record wrapped up should the lively Foden had finished a bit better.

A Jesus run led to a Federico Fernandez own goal when Matt Ritchie’s attempted clearance turned off the defender and inside the near post.

David Silva made it four with a fine free kick after the hour mark.

City handed a Premier League debut to Tommy Doyle with 15 minutes to play, and the youngster got a close-up view of Silva’s assist to Sterling near the final whistle.

Premier League Golden Boot race

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Will England have a new name on an illustrious list when the Premier League Golden Boot race is run next month?

Every winner since the 2014-15 season is still within a rich vein of form from renewed acquaintances. with the honor, but six of the league’s top ten scorers would be first time top dogs on the PL season goals list.

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That includes the leader, Jamie Vardy. The next three names on the list are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah, and Sergio Aguero, and they all have a Golden Boot in their lockers.


Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (19)

As Vardy goes, so do the Foxes. He scored at least one goal in every match of Leicester’s eight-match winning streak this fall but his brace against Villa on March 9 was his lone appearance on the dance card since the calendar turned to 2020. Four of Vardy’s goals have been penalties, so he’s got that going for him if the VAR is kind to Leicester.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal (17)

Aubameyang isn’t having his best year, no doubt down to some inconsistency from his playing partners. Arsenal still faces three of four PL clubs to have conceded 50 or more goals this season.

Mohammed Salah, Liverpool, and Sergio Aguero, Man City (16)

Aguero has won this award before and he’s among the favorites to do it again given he’s three goals from the top despite playing at least 800 fewer minutes then the men level or ahead of him.

Throw in the fact that City’s 76 expected goals are 14 higher than the field and you’ve got the recipe for something special. Aguero and teammate Gabriel Jesus are the runaway leaders for xG/90 amongst qualified players.

Salah’s been very good since the start of December, scoring 10 of his goals and adding three assists in that span. He’s the league leader in expected goals (15.54) just ahead of snakebit teammate Roberto Firmino (15.49 xG, 8 goals).

Danny Ings, Southampton (15)

Like Vardy, it would be silly to rule out the clear target man for a Premier League club. Ings has only scored once in his last seven as Saints hit a rough patch before the coronavirus pause, but maybe time’s healed his form.

Marcus Rashford, Man Utd, and Sadio Mane, Liverpool (14)

Rashford has been a monster when healthy and trails only Aguero and Jesus in xG per game. He’s also United’s penalty taker so there’s that.

Mane’s a powerful force but he’s also in the business of sharing goals at Liverpool. It’s difficult to project him winning the Premier League Golden Boot race.

The field (13 or fewer)

13 goals
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton
Raul Jimenez, Wolves
Tammy Abraham, Chelsea

12 goals
Raheem Sterling, Man City

11 goals
Anthony Martial, Man Utd
Chris Wood, Burnley
Harry Kane, Spurs
Teemu Pukki, Norwich City

10. goals
Gabriel Jesus, Man City
Richarlison, Everton