The Premier League action continues to rumble on, with a rare mid-week offering in the top-flight in England.
The action over the coming days will be the first time ever that the Premier League has featured on its deal with Amazon Prime. All games are televised in the United Kingdom through the streaming service, and already there is no shortage of talking points.
Games in Manchester and Liverpool take centre stage on Wednesday evening, but on Tuesday it was the ideal opportunity for Manchester City to close the gap at the top, and Crystal Palace to move into top-six contention.
Manchester City Cruise Past Burnley
Pep Guardiola was hesitant ahead of their trip to Turf Moor, as he claimed that the fixture was a potential banana skin.
Last season, their win at Burnley was seen as the pivotal moment in the title race with the City winning goal just millimetres over the line. There were no such tight margins on Tuesday evening, as City were dominant in the attacking third and made Burnley pay for any below-par defending.
The only goal in the first half came through a wonderful piece of brilliance from Gabriel Jesus. His curling effort was deliciously placed into the top right-hand corner of Nick Pope’s goal.
The Brazilian doubled the Citizen’s lead five minutes into the second half before record summer signing Rodri scored his first goal for the club less than 20 minutes later.
Riyad Mahrez capped a memorable week as he scored City’s fourth with three minutes to play. The Algerian would have been boosted on Monday after he finished in the top ten of the Ballon d’Or standings.
There was a late blotch on the City record as they were unable to keep a clean sheet. Robert Brady scored in the dying embers to give the home fans something to cheer about. However, City were by far the best team on the pitch.
Next up for the Citizens is the Manchester derby on Saturday evening as United come to the Etihad.
Crystal Palace Up To Fifth
Crystal Palace began the season with a lot of question marks hanging over them. There were concerns surrounding the long-term future of their star man Wilfried Zaha, while there were defensive issues with Aaron Wan-Bissaka moving to Manchester United.
However, they have cast any doubt about their Premier League credentials to the side with a solid opening to the season.
They hosted Bournemouth on Tuesday evening and recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win to move up to fifth in the Premier League standings.
It was a testament to the management of Roy Hodgson and the commitment of their players that they were able to get the three points despite being down to ten men for almost 70 minutes.
Mamadou Sakho saw a straight red for a first-half tackle, which appeared to be the right decision due to how high his foot was. Things got worse for the Eagles as Patrick van Aanholt was forced off with an injury shortly after.
However, Palace wasn’t able to lie down and seized their chance with 15 minutes remaining as Jeffrey Schlupp fired home.
The Eagles will hope to build on their momentum on Saturday when they travel to Watford. Meanwhile, Bournemouth host Liverpool as they look to end a run of four consecutive defeats.