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Manchester City strengthen grip on Premier League title with win over Chelsea

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The quality of Kevin De Bruyne was enough to give Manchester City three points as they landed a serious blow on Chelsea’s title hopes as they registered a win with the Belgian’s goal enough. City dominated a tight game looking at the final scoreline, but they’ll be happy to have recorded another win whilst heaping more misery on their rivals. 

Despite the quality on display, the game’s first half was a drab affair low on quality as both sides struggled to get a foothold in the contest. Chances were few and far between, but Jack Grealish had the half’s best chance, but Kepa kept out his poor finish as the teams went in goalless at halftime. 

The second half was promising to be similar to the first, and although City was dominating the possession, they couldn’t turn that into a goal until De Bruyne took things into his own hands. The Belgian’s mazy run saw him approach the Chelsea box and his stunning right-footed effort found the bottom corner sending The Etihad Stadium supporters crazy. 

The result leaves Chelsea and Liverpool distant challengers to City’s title challenge and barring a huge collapse, Pep Guardiola’s side looks on course to make a successful defence of their Premier League crown. 

All updates from today's game can be found below.

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Manchester City grab another win

It's all over at The Etihad, and it's a familiar feeling for Manchester City fans as Kevin De Bruyne's long-range strike has sent them 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

De Bruyne opens the scoring with brilliant strike

If the game needed a moment of magic, then Kevin De Bruyne has just provided it. The Belgian picked up the ball in Chelsea's half, and his driving run was finished with a superb right-footed strike into the bottom corner.

Lukaku goes close

Chelsea's first big chance falls to their main marksman but Romelu Lukaku can't hit the net as he fires straight at Ederson 

It's all square at half time

City has had the best game's best chance, but it's not been the best as a spectacle. Both sides need to show more in the second half, but it's City who looks the most likely to break the deadlock. 

Grealish misses the game's first big chance

Jack Grealish finds himself clean through on goal, but the oncoming Kepa thwarted his sidefoot attempt, which forces the ball out for a corner. City is turning the screw here.

City getting on top

It's still 0-0, but City is enjoying long spells with the ball. Chelsea is coping well with the threats, but they'll not want to let the hosts have things their way. 

A quiet start at The Etihad

Not much to write home about in the game's opening exchanges. Both sides have made it into the final third but the end product has largely been wasteful. 

Team news has been confirmed

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Grealish, Foden.

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Sarr, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Ziyech, Pulisic, Lukaku.

The kickoff is less than 30 minutes away.

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