You can't say Manchester City isn't covering its bases. If the wide-open EPL eventually comes down to goal differential, Manuel Pellegrini's squad is in terrific shape.
A day after Arsenal and Chelsea earned three points with emphatic victories, the Blues reminded the world why they are still a force in the Premier League on Sunday, handing Tottenham its worst EPL defeat since 1996 at Etihad Stadium.
Jesus Navas scored 13 seconds into the match and again right before the final whistle in stoppage time, and City ran rampant for pretty much every moment in between, romping its way to an astounding 6-0 victory.
Sergio Aguero added a brace of his own, pushing him past Luis Suarez for the league lead with 10 on the season.
The Blues remain six points behind Arsenal, but they have now cracked the top four and are on top of the table in terms of goal differential. Let's take a look at the updated standings:
|Week 13 EPL Table|
Of course, Sunday wasn't nearly as kind to the other team in Manchester, as the inconsistency behind David Moyes' first season with the Old Trafford club continued.
After a slow start to the season, the Red Devils seemed to have things figured out with wins in their last three league fixtures, including a victory over Arsenal. But Kim Bo-Kyung's stoppage-time goal forced a 2-2 draw, leaving United with a discouraging one point.
Nevertheless, they still remain right in the thick of things in sixth place with 21 points.
With the top nine clubs separated by just eight points, next week's action could help open things up a little bit. Manchester United travels to White Hart to take on the ninth-place Spurs, while top-five squads Chelsea and Southampton meet at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, Arsenal will try to avoid United's mistakes when it heads to Cardiff City Stadium, and 10th-place Swansea has the unenviable task of taking on Manchester City away.
There is still a bevy of time left in the season, but with the way things have shaken out over the first couple of months, every week is becoming critical for the teams at the top of the league.