Man City Back on Top After Edgy Win

Riyad Mahrez scored decisively to sink Bournemouth but Manchester City’s second consecutive 1-0 win in the Premier League came at a cost.

City are back at the top of the table, with Liverpool needing to address a two-point deficit in Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Everton after Mahrez snuck in his 11th goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half at the Vitality Stadium..

Yet the Algeria winger was only on the field because Kevin De Bruyne suffered the latest setback of an injury-ruined season.

Eddie Howe’s hosts remain 12th after a far more robust showing than in their 5-1 loss at Arsenal in midweek, but they offered little attacking threat from their disciplined 5-4-1 setup.

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