PL Round-up: City into third as Hull drop into bottom three

Manchester City moved into third place in the Premier League after an emphatic 5-0 win over Crystal Palace.

With Liverpool not playing until Sunday, City knew they had the chance to move above The Reds and they took full advantage with a convincing and comfortable win.

David Silva opened the scoring after just two minutes with City’s quickest goal of the season, but they could not double their lead until the second-half – at which point the floodgates opened.

Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the lead just minutes into the second-half, before Kevin De Bruyne added a third on the hour. Raheem Sterling fired home the fourth before Nicolas Otamendi headed home in stoppage time.

As well as moving ahead of Liverpool on goal-difference, City have put a four-point gap between themselves and Manchester United in fourth – who also do not play until Sunday. City are also now 1/20 to finish in the top-four.

At the bottom, and relegated Sunderland inflicted a first home defeat for Hull manager Marco Silva in a shock result at the KCOM Stadium, as The Black Cats won 2-0.

Hull created some very good chances only to be denied by Jordan Pickford and Sunderland took full advantage with Billy Jones heading them ahead with 20-minutes left and then Jermain Defoe converting form close-range.

Swansea City took full advantage of Hull’s defeat in the late kick-off as they beat Everton 1-0 to move out of the bottom three.

The only goal at The Liberty Stadium arrived on the half-hour mark when Fernando Llorente got the better of Phil Jagielka to nod home Jordan Ayew’s cross.

Leicester City moved into the top-half of the table with a 3-0 win over Watford at The King Power Stadium.

Wilfred Ndidi blasted home the opener just before the break and the lead was doubled on the hour through Riyad Mahrez.

Marc Albrighton added a third goal in injury time to seal the win which moves Leicester to within two points of West Bromwich Albion in eighth – after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Burnley.

After a goalless first-half at Turf Moor, Sam Vokes put the home side ahead five-minutes into the second-half but West Brom then came back strong with Salomon Rondon levelling and then Craig Dawson putting them ahead – but Burnley claimed a share of the spoils with just four-minutes left thanks to Vokes.

Bournemouth came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw with Stoke City at the Vitality Stadium.

Stoke took the lead in the 33rd minute when Lys Mousset put through his own net, before Junior Stanislas equalised for The Cherries.

Mame Biram Diouf scored in to make it 2-1 to Stoke but Ryan Shawcross’s own goal from close range earned a for Bournemouth.


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