MX23RW : Monday, December 10 16:02:33
Mar 12, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
Attendance: 29,138
StokeStoke City
0-2
Man CityManchester City
FT(HT: 0-1)
Silva (10', 50')

Result: David Silva sends Manchester City within two wins of Premier League title

David Silva scores a goal in either half as Premier League leaders Manchester City ease to a 2-0 win over strugglers Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

Manchester City have taken another giant stride towards a third Premier League title by overcoming Stoke City 2-0 in Monday night's clash at the bet365 Stadium.

A goal early in either half from David Silva proved the difference in the end, as the Citizens remained on course to seal the top-flight crown at home to Manchester United next month.

Back-to-back away league wins for the first time since December, and a first double in this fixture since 1998-99, takes Pep Guardiola's men 16 points clear at the summit with eight games to go.

David Silva scores the second during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester City on March 12, 2018© Offside

From their first meaningful attacking move of the match, Man City took the lead via a composed Silva finish past Jack Butland after being picked out 12 yards from goal by returning winger Raheem Sterling.

The visitors were seeing plenty of the ball, stringing together well over 200 passes with a quarter of the match played, yet in the blink of an eye it could easily have been all square.

Stoke's most dangerous player in Xherdan Shaqiri got the better of makeshift left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko and spotted Badou Ndiaye on the edge of the box, with the Senegalese midfielder's deflected shot spinning inches wide.

Ederson ends up in the back of the net during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester City on March 12, 2018© Offside

The league leaders soon asserted their authority on the contest, however, with Gabriel Jesus failing to convert from a headed chance a few yards out and Butland getting down to push aside Fernandinho's edge-of-the-box drive.

Leroy Sane was also unlucky with an acrobatic volley, while up the other end Ederson's first-half work consisted of helping a looping clearance over his crossbar.

In a near carbon copy of the first half, Man City found the net through their first shot of the second 45, as Silva exchanged passes with Jesus and knocked the ball past an outrushing Butland to double his personal tally for the evening.

Fernandinho then blasted into the side-netting when he had teammates better positioned alongside him and Butland was required to save shots from Sterling and Zinchenko in quick succession.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Oleksandr Zinchenko in action during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester City on March 12, 2018© Offside

Sane was the next to come close to netting the Citizens' third with his curler, ending agonisingly close to the bottom corner, but Stoke were still in the match and should have pulled one back through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 25 minutes from time.

The Stoke attacker lifted the ball over the crossbar from a good position after the visiting side failed to clear their lines from a free kick, and a chance came and went for Sane up the other end - Butland again coming out on top in that personal battle.

Man City's profligacy continued in the final 10 minutes, with Sterling taking too long to get a shot away when running through on goal, though in the end it would not come back to haunt them as they saw things through with ease.

STOKE CITY (4-3-3): Butland; Bauer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Stafylidis; Badou, Cameron (Sobhi 68'), Allen; Shaqiri, Jese (Crouch 63'), Choupo-Moting

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, D.Silva, De Bruyne; Sterling (B.Silva 85'), Jesus (Gundogan 91'), Sane

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David Silva in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Manchester City on December 10, 2017
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