Premier League Roundup: Man City edge closer to title with win over Fulham; Leeds kept Chelsea at bay

Manchester City beat Fulham 3-0 on Saturday night and moved 17 points clear at the top of the table as Sergio Aguero finally scored his first Premier League goal in over a year.

Pep Guardiola’s side was kept at an arms-length throughout the first 45 minutes but at the start of the second half, they took the lead through John Stones’ close-range finish.

Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus then took advantage of a mix-up at the back to double the visitors’ lead as City continues to show hunger and zest going forward.

Aguero – making just his second start for City since October and captaining his team – provided the final moment of magic from a penalty on the hour-mark, ending a run of 13 games without a goal stretching back to January 2020.

With the result, City now need just 14 points from their remaining eight matches to be sure of the title, while Scott Parker’s team stay in the relegation zone on goal difference behind Brighton, who have two games in hand on the west Londoners.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Manchester City have won each of their last eight away league games, scoring 22 goals while conceding only three in this run.
  • Fulham have lost five of their last seven Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D1), while they have also failed to score in seven of their last nine home league matches.
  • Manchester City have won their last seven meetings with Fulham in all competitions by an aggregate score of 21-0. This is now their joint-longest ever run of wins against a single opponent without conceding a goal (also 7 v Wigan between 2010-2013).
  • Manchester City have only lost one of their last 36 Premier League meetings with promoted clubs (W28 D7), a 2-3 defeat at Norwich in September 2019.
  • This was Fulham’s 20th Premier League defeat under Scott Parker, meaning the Cottagers have now lost 51% of their games under him in the competition (P39 W8 D11 L20).
  • Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 95 goals in his 114 starts in all competitions for Manchester City (73 goals, 22 assists), scoring eight and assisting one more in his last 10 starts.
  • In their 13 Premier League starts alongside one another for Manchester City, Sergio Agüero (15) and Gabriel Jesus (9) have scored a combined 24 goals. The Citizens have won 11 and lost none of those 13 league matches when the pair have both been in the starting XI (D2).

Leeds 0-0 Chelsea: Entertaining duel at Elland Road ends in a stalemate

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Chelsea‘s unbeaten run since Tuchel joined continued to be the topic of discussion as they remained unbeaten with a stroke of luck too against Leeds United on Saturday.

Both sides struck the post but Chelsea would feel bad for not sealing maximum points as their push for a top-four finish took a minor hit in a 0-0 draw at Leeds.

Chelsea nearly took an early lead in unusual style as Luke Ayling’s clearance fired straight into Diego Llorente and back onto his own crossbar, shortly after Leeds had been denied an eighth-minute opener when Patrick Bamford was ruled just offside in teeing up Tyler Roberts to score.

Leeds then struck the woodwork themselves when Roberts’ wonderful effort crashed off the goal frame thanks to a fingertip touch by Edouard Mendy.

Then 10 minutes after half-time, the goalkeeper was again in fine form to readjust and keep out Raphinha’s close-range shot, while Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger tested Illan Meslier at the other end of the pitch.

But some wasteful Chelsea finishing, failing to beat the Frenchman despite registering seven shots on target, leaves them three points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham – who have played two games fewer than their London rivals.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Chelsea have won just 14% of their 50 away games against Leeds in all competitions (W7 D15 L28), their lowest win rate against any side they’ve faced at least 15 times on the road.
  • Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in all 12 of his games in charge of Chelsea in all competitions, the joint-longest unbeaten start by a manager in the club’s history (Felipe Scolari also 12).
  • Leeds’ total possession figure of 38.1% is their lowest recorded in any of their 120 league games under Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Chelsea have drawn three of their 10 Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel 0-0, more than they did in 57 under Frank Lampard (2).
  • This was Leeds’ first draw in 19 Premier League games (W8 L10), since a goalless draw against Arsenal in November. All three of Leeds’ league draws this season have been at Elland Road.
  • Chelsea have conceded just two goals in their 10 Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel – no manager has conceded fewer in their first 10 games in charge in the competition’s history (level with José Mourinho in 2004-05).
  • Only Ederson (15) has kept more Premier League sheets among goalkeepers than Chelsea’s Édouard Mendy so far this season (14).

Premier League Results

Saturday 13th March

  • Leeds United 0-0 Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • Everton 1-2 Burnley
  • Fulham 0-3 Manchester City
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