MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with his team after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on January 01, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates with his team after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium on January 01, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

City, Leicester neck and neck in own private battle

Pep Guardiola saluted Manchester City's fighting spirit as Gabriel Jesus extended his remarkable record against Everton with a second-half brace in the 2-1 win.

 

Jesus was handed the start as City manager Guardiola rested Sergio Aguero, but the decision to select the Brazilian ahead of the club's record goalscorer could easily have been inspired by his mastery of Everton.

 

Repaying his manager's faith, Jesus feasted on the Everton defence once again. He has now scored seven times in his last five appearances against the Merseyside club, who must be sick of the sight of him.

 

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Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City win against Everton.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City win against Everton.

"We played great so I'm delighted for the guys. This period is so tough. We did really well. Three more points and closer to Leicester," Guardiola said.

 

City remain third in the Premier League after a second successive win left them 11 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand on the champions.

 

Leicester romped to a 3-0 win over Newcastle, with Ayoze Perez, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury all on the scoresheet.

 

Perez put Leicester in front nine minutes from half-time with the opening goal against his old club.

 

Maddison then slammed in a brilliant left-foot strike three minutes later and with Newcastle down to 10 men through injury, Choudhury added a superb third.

 

West Ham beat Bournemouth 4-0 in David Moyes' first match back in charge to move out of the bottom three while bottom side Norwich are seven points adrift after a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

 

Aston Villa won 2-1 at Burnley as Wesley and Jack Grealish scored to earn a rare away win.

 

Watford claimed a 2-1 win over Wolves, their third victory in four matches, thanks to goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but remain in the bottom three.

 

Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored with a stunning overhead kick as Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan's Brighton drew 1-1 with fourth-placed Chelsea, lifting the home side up to 14th.

 

Having scored his first goal for Brighton on December 28, Jahanbakhsh was left on the bench at home to Chelsea, who took the lead through Cesar Azpilicueta after just 10 minutes.

 

But Brighton improved after the break and six minutes from time, Jahanbakhsh leapt and sent an overhead kick back into the opposite corner to earn his side a deserved point.

 

"It is an amazing feeling," the Iranian said.

 

"When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option. I'm going to watch it a couple more times."

 

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was left frustrated after his side lost more ground on the top three.

 

"In the first half, the game was there to be won," he said.

 

"We weren't ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn't kill the game off."

 

Tottenham's top-four hopes suffered another blow with a 1-0 defeat at Southampton, Danny Ings scoring his 20th goal for the Saints in 45 matches and lifting his side to 12th.

 

Manchester United went down 2-0 at Arsenal in the late game.

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