Manchester City extended their winning run to 21 games in all competitions to move further clear at the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over a stubborn Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side dominated from the first whistle and they took the lead in the 15th minute through Leander Dendoncker’s own goal and they thought they had a second just before the break, but Aymeric Laporte’s strike was ruled out for offside in what was an extremely tight call.
Wolves were barely seen as an attacking force, but they managed to grab an equaliser with what was their first touch in the City penalty area, Conor Coady heading home in the 61st minute.
City immediately upped the tempo but found Rui Patricio in excellent form, before strikes from Gabriel Jesus (80, 90+3) and Riyad Mahrez (90) secured all three points as the hosts breathed a small sigh of relief.
Victory sees City, who are unbeaten in 28 games, move 15 points clear of Manchester United – who face Crystal Palace on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports – ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, which is also live on Sky Sports. Meanwhile, Wolves, whose four-game unbeaten run in the league ends, stay 12th.
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Up next for Manchester City is the Manchester derby. League leaders City host second-placed Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, Wolves visit Aston Villa on Saturday, also live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off is at 5.30pm.