Manchester City breezed to a 2-0 home win over Newcastle United thanks to goals in each half from Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres, a result that raised them to 5th in the Premier League on Saturday.

On a rainy, cold night at the Etihad Stadium, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce began with a five-man backline however there was little his side could do to keep control of City’s range of attacking skill.

The home side went on in the 14th minute when Gundogan calmly fired home Raheem Sterling’s pass from close quarters after a normally client and incisive build-up from Pep Guardiola’s side.

With City dominant in ownership throughout, it took till the sixth minute of the second half for Newcastle to register a shot on target, however all it did was provoke the hosts a lot more, and four minutes later on they went 2-0 up.

A concerted attack that dropped and flowed throughout the field ended when Newcastle protector Federico Fernandez could just deflect a cross from Joao Cancelo into the course of Ferran Torres, who scored with an easy finish.

Torres, who rejected a number of other good chances on the night, was changed by Sergio Aguero in the 77th minute. He required an outstanding save from Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow minutes after beginning, however there was to be no further goals as City coasted to success.

Everton 1 Sheffield United 0

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike propelled Everton to second location in the Premier League table as a 1-0 win for the Blues stacked more suffering on bottom club Sheffield United.

Sigurdsson scored 10 minutes from time to offer Carlo Ancelotti’s team a fourth straight Premier League victory, moving them to within 2 points of Merseyside competitors and reigning champions Liverpool.

For the Blades, it was yet another defeat. Chris Wilder’s side have lost 13 of their 15 Premier League matches and are just the third club in top flight history to be without a win on St Stephen’s Day, after Burnley in 1889-90 and Bolton in 1902-03.

Aston Villa 3 Crystal Palace 0

Aston Villa continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 triumph over Crystal Palace in spite of playing with 10 males for over half the match.

The hosts led through Bertrand Traore’s early opener and ought to have been further ahead when Tyrone Mings was revealed 2 yellow cards in quick succession right before half-time.

Palace were not able to capitalize, though, stopping working to seriously test Emi Martinez in a second half that saw Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi extend Vacation home’s lead.

The outcome raised Rental property into the Premier League’s top six– for a couple of hours a minimum of– while Palace have actually now yielded 10 objectives in two matches after last weekend’s hammering by Liverpool.

Southampton 0 Fulham 0

Southampton had 2 goals prohibited by VAR as they were held to a goalless draw at Fulham.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both sought to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the 2nd half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on evaluation as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who stays in self-isolation after a member of his household checked favorable for coronavirus.

There were simply 3 shots on target throughout the video game, with belongings also uniformly shared in between the sides.

Southampton had actually previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run previously in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the outcome sees them leave of the European places.