Manchester City resumed normalcy with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace to return to second on the log courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva.
Following their shock defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home last time out, City dominated possession earlier on seeking to grab an early lead. They, however, had to wait till the 38th minute when Bernardo Silva’s inswinging cross from the right found Gabriel Jesus but the ball hit his shoulder on its way in.
Palace were rocked by the goal and conceded another one exactly 1 minute and 30 seconds later after Sterling waited for the run of David Silva and flipped a pass over two defenders into his path as the Spaniard volleyed the ball through the legs of Wayne Hennessey to double City's lead.
City continued from where they left from in the first half as they dominated possession but found it hard to create any meaningful chances. VAR was called into action in the 62nd minute when Zaha appeared to have pushed De Bruyne out of the ball but VAR awarded no penalty.
Substitute Christian Benteke almost made an immediate impact when Patrick van Aanholt’s corner was met by the head of the Belgian but he was denied a goal by a last-ditch save from Ederson who tipped the ball to the bar.
Manchester City next host Atalanta on Tuesday 22nd October in a UEFA Champions League clash while Crystal Palace travel to face Arsenal on Sunday 27th October.
Match Statistics: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City
Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Cahill, Tomkins, van Aanholt; Milivojevic; Zaha, Kouyate, McArthur, Schlupp; Ayew.
Substitutes: Henderson, Dann, McCarthy, Meyer, Townsend, Riedewald, Benteke,
City XI: Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Rodri, Mendy; Gundogan; De Bruyne, D Silva; B Silva, Jesus, Sterling.
Substitutes: Bravo, Stones, Angelino, Garcia, Aguero, Mahrez, Foden.