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Manchester City made it easier for a Crystal Palace to work without Wilfried Zaha as John Stones scored twice and Kevin De Bruyne recorded his 100th assist for the club in a 4-0 win on Sunday night that brought them to second. place in the Premier League.
Stones opened the scoring by nodding to a delightful cross from De Bruyne before Ilkay Gundogan doubled his lead with a curved effort from outside the box in the second half.
The England international Stones crashed another from a corner before Raheem Sterling launched a beautiful free kick that passed Vicente Guaita at the end to close the score.
The victory sees City jump ahead of Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham in second place, just two points behind league leaders Manchester United, one game behind their local rivals. Palace are down on 13th.
Here are the player ratings for your city and palace.
Ederson (POR) – 6/10 – He had very, very little to do. But it’s another clean sheet in the race for the Golden Glove, a race he now leads with nine.
Kyle Walker (RB) – 6/10 – You must have a point scored for a free kick. He looked quite rusty compared to his defensive companions, who impressed.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 7/10 – Another calm and confident demonstration of the Portuguese international. City have been tight behind in recent weeks and Dias’ constant performances have been key.
John Stones (CB) – 9/10 – He continued his rebirth with a double, first opening the scoring with a good header from a De Bruyne cross before finishing off the loose ball on a set piece. You’ll sleep well if he’s on your FPL team too.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 7/10 – He often deviates from the field in possession, looking comfortable in the central areas, mainly because he is a midfielder by trade, actually. A little less comfortable when needed on defense, but that wasn’t often.
Fernandinho (CM) – 7/10 – Not as flashy as his midfield teammates, but he picked up possession frequently and won many aerial duels. His inclusion, a first league start since mid-December, saw Rodri rested.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 8/10 – He made a few punches on goal before hitting it in the second half, aiming a curling iron that Guaita could only get a few fingers into. Calm and confident in possession and he settled the ball very well in attack.
Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – 8/10 – He landed his 100th assist for City with a delicious cross for the Stones’ first goal. It was the supreme quality moment needed to break the deadlock. Constantly involved but pulled out halfway in the second half.
Bernardo Silva (RW) – 5/10 – Probably City’s most disappointing performer. A bit of a spectator at all times and you’ll need more creative outlets to make sure you don’t slide down the pecking order.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 6/10 – The overall game was good and it was not necessary as a scorer on Sunday night. However, he has not scored in the Premier League since November, a record that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – 7/10 – Similar to Jesus, Sterling tied the game very well, but he just couldn’t get into as many scoring positions as we’ve seen in recent seasons. He doubled a delicious free kick in the top corner for his team’s fourth towards the end of the game.
Phil Foden – 6/10 – He also made City look menacing in attack with some examples of his silky dribbling ability.
Ferran Torres – 5/10 – Brief appearance of 20 minutes by Torres, who looked good in possession.
Joao Cancelo – 5/10 – Similar to the pair above.
Vicente Guaita (GK) – 5/10 – Innocent enough for goals. He could only stop a shot in the way of the Stones for the second of the England international.
Joel Ward (RB) – 4/10 – A difficult exit for Ward, who often chased shadows. Two corners he conceded resulted in City goals. It’s not your fault, of course, but it’s worth mentioning.
James Tomkins (CB) – 4/10 – He couldn’t prevail on defense in his fifth league appearance of the season.
Gary Cahill (CB) – 4/10 – He did win a few aerial battles, but the lack of pace really showed against City’s agile six forwards.
Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 5/10 – A punishment exit for the young man. He will have gotten a lot out of the trip to the Etihad, especially with players like De Bruyne and Sterling on his side.
Andros Townsend (RM) – 6/10 – Shift to the right, hitting four tackles and catching the ball frequently. He just didn’t have time to show his ability to cross.
James McCarthy (CM) – April 10 – Quite wasteful in possession, which you can’t afford when the City allows so little.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) – 5/10 – He was the deepest of Palace’s three central midfielders. He wasn’t particularly confident on the ball when the Eagles were in possession, but he did make a few tackles.
James McArthur (CM) – 5/10 – He made a couple of tackles, but it wasn’t a game that showed his best qualities.
Eberechi Eze (LM) – 5/10 – Palace barely had the ball, so Eze’s role was largely limited to a defensive role. You will have more freedom in games more adapted to the Palace level.
Jordan Ayew (ST) – 6/10 – He did well up front, the best he could have done. Tried some haggling, shot on one stage, but always had a short brief.
Jairo Riedewald – 4/10 – He came in and had similar struggles to his midfield teammates.
Michy Batshuayi – 5/10 – Late sprint ahead. Little impact.
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