On Wednesday night, Premier League leaders Manchester City extended their winning league run to 18 games, as Pep Guardiola’s side saw off struggle Newcastle 1-0 at St James Park.
In truth, the scoreline flattered that home side, as they never really looked in the game. The fact the Magpies had just 22 percent of the ball tells its own story. City missed a host of chances, as they suffered an off night in front of goal.
Sergio Aguero struck the post twice, while Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne also hit the woodwork, as the Citizens sought to put the scoreline beyond the home side. Winger Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game on 31 minutes.
The former Liverpool star fired home after a superb pass over the top of the Magpies defence by De Bruyne. The winger is enjoying the season of his life with the Citizens, scoring 13 times and collecting seven assists in the top-flight this season.
Rafa Benitez’s side did come agonisingly close to equalising when Rolando Aarons’ effort went over City stopper Ederson, only for Nicolas Otamendi to clear off the goal-line.
Magpies striker Dwight Gayle also missed the target in the closing stages of the game. However, the home side snatching anything from the game would have been an injustice.
The victory means that Pep Guardiola’s side are now a massive 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The chasing pair of Manchester United and Chelsea can only hope that the Citizens suffer a major capitulation in the second half of the season.
Newcastle are still very much in the Premier League dogfight, 15th place and just a point above the drop zone in the English top-flight table. The Magpies have now lost five of their last six games in the Premier League.
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