Manchester City are within easy reach of the Premier League title after Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres sealed a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side are 13 points clear at the top and will be crowned champions if runner-up Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday.
After a lukewarm first half in south London, it was fitting that Aguero – the architect of so many great moments in City history – opened the scoring with a typically deadly finish.
Torres killed Palace two minutes later as City claimed an 11th consecutive away win in the Premier League, tying the top-flight English record.
Even though United don’t slide against Liverpool at Old Trafford, City have four games to go to secure the victory they need to clinch the title.
City languished in 14th place at the end of November, but a meteoric run since has brought them to the brink of a third title in four seasons.
Leicester’s Champions League football bid suffered a slight setback when it had to settle for a 1-1 draw with 10-man Southampton on Friday.
Jonny Evans’ header in the 68th minute earned third-place Leicester a point on the South Coast after James Ward-Prowse’s penalties opened for the battling hosts.
Saints played for 80 minutes against a downed man after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for knocking Jamie Vardy over the edge of the hosts’ penalty area.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were unable to take full advantage of the early dismissal and the result put the Foxes eight points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham in the race for European football.
Atletico Madrid remained in charge of the La Liga foursome title race with a 1-0 win over struggling Elche on Saturday, but took their luck to the limit when the hosts missed a penalty in time stop.
Marcos Llorente scored the only goal of the game with a deflected shot in the 23rd minute, but gave the penalty in the 90th for a handball as Atleti defended his slim lead.
Elche midfielder Fidel Chaves took the penalty and his shot beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak, but left the post.
Premier League: Crystal Palace 0 lost Manchester City 2 (Aguero 57, Torres 59); Brighton 2 (14 raw pens, Welbeck 79) bt Leeds 0.
The league: Eibar 3 (Kike 3, 50, 59) bt Alaves 0; Elche 0 lost to Atletico Madrid 1 (Llorente 23).
Series A: Hellas Verona 1 (Salcedo Mora 46) Spezia 1 (Saponara 86)
Friday: Premier League: Southampton 1 (Ward-Prowse 61-pen) drew with Leicester 1 (Evans 68).