Manchester City moved to the top of the league with a 2-0 victory over a very defensive Brighton side. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero gave the blues the three points to take them above Liverpool, who had to rely on a late Daniel Sturridge goal to rescue a point at Chelsea.
The blues have won 20 out of 23 Premier League games since the start of last season, and with 80% possession and 28 shots at the Brighton goal, the result was never in any serious doubt, although City had to work hard to ensure victory against the stubborn visitors.
Indeed, it took the blues until the 29th minute to break the deadlock, and as has been the case on a few occasions this season, the goal came from a Brighton attack. The visitors lost the ball just inside the City half and the blues moved quickly. Aguero received a pass just inside the Brighton half and fed Leroy Sane on the left. The German, who had earlier been denied a goal from the Brighton keeper, raced into the area and played an inch-perfect pass to Sterling, who guided the ball into the back of the net.
City continued to press, but came up against a keeper in exceptional form, denying Sterling a second goal, then palmed a ferocious shot from Fernandinho away to keep the score at 1-0.
The second half continued in the same vein, and it was only a matter of time before the second goal arrived, with the blues laying siege to the Brighton goal, and inevitably, it was Aguero who bagged it. The Argentine striker went past two players before passing left to Sterling. The England international played a first time ball back across goal, where Aguero was waiting to finish the move.
With the points secure, the blues moved above Liverpool to top the table, and the Reds draw at Chelsea means City will go into the clash at Anfield above their rivals on goal difference next Sunday.
Final Score: Manchester City 2-0 Brighton
City: Ederdon, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva (Foden 88), Sterling, Aguero (Jesus 68), Sane (Mahrez 71)
Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Propper, Knockaert (Jahanbakhsh 78), Kayal, Bissouma, March (Izquierdo 83), Locadia (Murray 73)
Referee: Lee Mason