Man City go 17 points clear, Everton stumble in top-four race

Soccer Football – Premier League – Fulham v Manchester City – Craven Cottage, London, Britain – March 13, 2021 Manchester City’s John Stones scores their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Adam Davy

(Reuters) – Manchester City moved 17 points clear of the pack with a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday with John Stones continuing his surprising goalscoring touch and Sergio Aguero rediscovering his.

Defender Stones, who had managed one goal in his first 170 Premier League appearances, has now netted four in his last 10.

His close-range effort broke Fulham’s resistance two minutes after the interval and after Gabriel Jesus capitalised on a Fulham mistake to make it 2-0, Aguero netted a penalty to grab his 181st City league goal, but first for 14 months.

While City have all but sewn up their third title in four seasons, the battle for a top-four spot continues to be unpredictable and looks set to go to the wire.

Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Leeds United made it 12 games without defeat since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in charge.

But it opened the door for Everton later to close the gap on Chelsea who occupy fourth spot.

Victory against Burnley would have put Everton into fifth, two points behind Chelsea having played a game less, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered another home stumble.

Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil gave Burnley a 2-0 lead and while Dominic Calvert-Lewin did pull a goal back for the hosts they could not avert a seventh league defeat at Goodison Park.

“It’s a big disappointment but we can’t give up. There are 10 games left and we fight until the end,” Ancelotti said.

Everton remain in sixth spot with 46 points from 28 games, two points behind West Ham United who could go level on points with Chelsea, and have a game in hand, on Sunday if they win at second-placed Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur, who have 45 points from 27 games, could go fifth on Sunday if they win at Arsenal.