Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both added to their tallies as leaders Manchester City hammered Watford at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Tuesday.
The division's top scorer, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, made a late appearance off the substitutes' bench but couldn't add to his tally during a win over Swansea City.
At the bottom, Crystal Palace earned three vital points at Southampton's expense, while Andy Carroll scored late on to help West Ham United beat West Bromwich Albion in a true relegation scrap.
Here are the results from Tuesday's matches:
- Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
- Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
- West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
- Manchester City 3-1 Watford
Here's what those results mean for the table:
1. Manchester City: 62
2. Manchester United: 47
3. Chelsea: 45
4. Liverpool: 44
5. Tottenham Hotspur: 40
6. Arsenal: 38
7. Burnley: 34
8. Leicester City: 30
9. Everton: 27
10. Watford: 25
11. Huddersfield Town: 24
12. Brighton & Hove Albion: 23
13. Newcastle United: 22
14. Crystal Palace: 22
15. Bournemouth: 21
16. West Ham United: 21
17. Southampton: 20
18. Stoke City: 20
19. West Bromwich Albion: 16
20. Swansea City: 16
Full standings are available, per BBC Sport.
Here are the division's top scorers, per WhoScored.com:
1. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 18
2. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 17
3. Raheem Sterling, Manchester City: 14
4. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 13
5. Alvaro Morata, Chelsea: 10
6. Wayne Rooney, Everton: 10
7. Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United: 10
8. Jamie Vardy, Leicester City: 9
9. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool: 9
10. Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal: 8
Sterling was on the scoresheet inside 60 seconds against the Hornets when he turned in Leroy Sane's low cross. WhoScored.com pointed out how much the England international has enjoyed home comforts:
Raheem Sterling: Has scored nine goals at home in the Premier League this season, more than any other player #MCIWAT2018-1-2 20:04:10
It was 2-0 after 13 minutes when Christian Kabasele was forced into an own goal after struggling to deal with Kevin De Bruyne's pass. The City playmaker was at the heart of things again when he teed up Aguero to score City's third just after the hour mark.
OptaJoe revealed why there was no surprise in the Argentina international scoring against a familiar victim:
10 - Sergio Aguero has now scored 10 goals in six appearances against Watford in all competitons. Inevitable.2018-1-2 21:24:05
Andre Gray got one back for the Hornets late on, but City had done enough to maintain their dominance of the title race.
Tottenham went in front at Swansea thanks to a first league goal by Kane's replacement, Fernando Llorente. The Basque striker appeared to find the net from an offside position, but the goal was given.
Spurs survived significant pressure in the second half but finally sealed the points a minute from time when Dele Alli scored. The gifted attacking midfielder has found his form again after an inconsistent start to the season, per Sky Sports Statto:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
Dele Alli scores his 5th @premierleague goal of the season. Now directly involved in 5 goals (2G, 3A) in last 3 PL apps, having been involved in just 2 in previous 8 apps https://t.co/Qe9YqLnC212018-1-2 21:38:30
West Ham left the drop zone thanks to Carroll's winner at the death. The powerhouse striker had already drawn the Hammers level when he equalised James McClean's first-half opener in the 59th minute.
Palace are also leaving the threat of the drop behind them after heaping more misery on Southampton. Saints had gone in front when Shane Long scored a rare goal, but James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic turned things around for the visitors.
Manager Roy Hodgson has the Eagles headed in the right direction, but his opposite number, Southampton chief Mauricio Pellegrino, is struggling to make his mark.
No such struggles exist at City, where Pep Guardiola's star-studded squad shows no signs of slowing down in a relentless march towards the title. The rest of the league can't match the firepower of a team defined by attackers as prolific as Sterling and Aguero.