Manchester City’s early goals secured a 3 – 1 win over Dean Smith’s Leicester at the Etihad Stadium that closes the gap on leaders Arsenal to three points.
John Stones opened the scoring early on before two further first-half goals from Erling Haaland, the first from the penalty spot and the second set up by Kevin De Bruyne, settled the result before the break. Haaland has now scored 32 Premier League goals – two shy of the record.
The hope for Leicester was that Smith’s arrival would bring an upturn in performance and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho’s late goal against his former club offered some cheer. But defeat leaves them languishing one place off bottom, two points from safety but with others moving away.