Liverpool knocked off top-spot as Man City move closer to title

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Manchester City beat Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday night to take hold of the Premier League title race from Liverpool.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Manchester City's Edin Dzeko in action against Aston Villa during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Edin Dzeko in action against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Edin Dzeko’s right footed shot, converting a Pablo Zabaleta low cross on 64 minutes opened the scoring at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium.

Dzeko was on hand to tap home again eight minutes later to double Man City‘s lead, Stevan Jovetic added a third late on, before Yaya Toure powered through the Villa defence for a fourth deep into injury time.

The result means City leapfrog Liverpool into first place, now needing just a point on the last day of the season to clinch the title, barring a record Reds win over Newcastle, requiring a 13 goal margin. A win for City would win the league.

City face West Ham at home on Sunday whilst Liverpool take on Newcastle Utd at Anfield. The Reds will be hoping former players Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll can pull off the biggest of favours.

A win for Liverpool and defeat for City would swing the title Liverpool’s way.

The title is now out of third-placed Chelsea‘s reach, and Liverpool would almost certainly secure second-place with a draw this weekend.

Elsewhere in the Premier League on Wednesday night, Sunderland secured their top-flight survival with a 2-0 win at home to West Brom.

Liverpool’s on-loan striker Fabio Borini got the second for the Black Cats after Jack Colback had given them an early lead.

Norwich City are effectively relegated.

Liverpool v Newcastle and Man City v West Ham both kick off at 3pm on Sunday, 11th May and are both live on Sky Sports in the UK.

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