Manchester City have restored their three-point gap at the top of the Premier League, beating Burnley 2-0 for a 13th straight win in all competitions.
It was routine stuff for a City side in ominous form going in to Sunday’s meeting with Liverpool as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling put them in control before the break, the only complaint being their failure to add to the lead in the second half.
Meanwhile, Kelechi Iheanacho’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester City return to winning ways with a routine 2-0 victory at struggling Fulham.
Burnley are without a win over City since March 2015 and any hopes they might have had of ending that run at the 14th attempt were all but extinguished less than three minutes in.
Goalkeeper Nick Pope pushed Bernardo Silva’s shot into the path of Jesus, who gratefully nodded home.
The second goal arrived seven minutes before the break when Riyad Mahrez found Ilkay Gundogan in space and his low cross left Sterling with the easiest of tasks to finish.
City went in at halftime having enjoyed 70 per cent possession and with all six shots at goal in the match to that point in their credit, and little changed after the break.
Burnley finally registered an attempt on goal in the 64th minute but in truth the hosts rarely looked like troubling a City defence that registered a sixth consecutive league clean sheet.
In the absence of striker Jamie Vardy, Leicester had earned just one point from matches against Everton and Leeds United, but they bounced back at Craven Cottage .
Iheanacho headed in a James Maddison cross to give the Foxes the lead in the 17th minute.
Just before halftime, Maddison provided his second assist of the match, playing in James Justin, who rounded the keeper before tapping home to finish a fine move.
Fulham remain without a win in 11 league matches, since the reverse fixture in November when Fulham won 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The result helped Leicester stay five points behind leaders Manchester City in third while Fulham remain seven points from safety after an 11th league match without a win.