Manchester City moved seven-points clear of third-place Leicester City with a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
Following Wednesday’s win over West Ham United, the Citizens recalled Fernandinho, IIkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez with Kelechi Iheanacho starting for the Foxes.
Leicester provided the first threat six minutes from kick-off as Jamie Vardy went clear on goal before cracking the foot of the post after Ederson Moraes charged forward.
There was a response from the Citizens who a couple of minutes later brought Kasper Schmeichel to an acrobatic save from Rodrigo’s 30-metre drive.
Schmeichel pulled off another close-range save just before the 20th minute mark following Gundogan’s snap-shot inside the area.
Leicester switched play and had Ederson acrobatically palming James Maddison’s free-kick behind for a corner in the last seven minutes of the half.
Iheanacho made way for Harvey Barnes following the start of the second period after a collision with City goalkeeper Ederson, as Leicester seeked a turnaround from the dugout.
Schmeichel remained busy following the break as he tipped Kevin De Bruyne’s low shot from the near post wide of target after good work from Riyad Mahrez following the 54th minute.
The defending champions had a chance to go ahead from the penalty spot on 60 minutes, but Schmeichel denied Sergio Aguero with an excellent save after Christian Fuchs handled in the area.
That coupled with a spate of near misses brought Aguero’s evening to an end as he made way for Gabriel Jesus on 77 minutes.
The change was just what the doctor ordered for the visitors who went in front three minutes later when a breathtaking run from Mahrez ended with Jesus slotting in off the near post area.
Both sides managed to open up each other towards the final minutes of the match, but the Citizens had done enough to cement second spot with Leicester staying in third place.