A win for Manchester City over Leicester during Saturday’s early kick-off means that Pep Guardiola’s team leap-frogs Liverpool into third.
- Arsenal remain fifth as Liverpool drop to fourth
- City leap-frog Liverpool to third after 2-1 win against last season’s Champions
- Gunners need Liverpool to drop points against West Ham on Sunday
A 29th-minute goal from David Silva, followed seven minutes later by a City penalty put away by Gabriel Jesus, left the Foxes 2-0 down at the Etihad with 55 minutes left to play.
However, just before half-time, Shinji Okazaki gave last season’s Champions renewed hope.
Riyad Mahrez could have put the visitors back on level terms late in the second half when Leicester were given a penalty. However, the 26-year-old kicked the ball off his other leg, so although the penalty found the back of the net, it was disallowed.
The win pushes City up to third in the league with 72 points and two matches (West Brom (H) and Watford (A)) left to play this season. The most they can win is 78 points overall.
Even if Arsenal beat Stoke on Saturday evening, they’ll need to look to Liverpool if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top four this season.
The Merseyside team face West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
They have just two games left, including their trip to the London Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are only two points below City and a win will therefore be enough to temporarily push them above their rivals but the maximum number of points they can win this season is 76.