Second-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres helped Pep Guardiola’s side collect another three points and a victory for outgoing champions Liverpool against Manchester United on Sunday would confirm another title for City.
Should Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s men avoid defeat against their fierce rivals, who are desperately attempting to keep alive their top four hopes, then City will have to wait until next weekend’s fixture against their potential Champions League final opponents, Chelsea, to confirm what has seemed inevitable for months.
After their landmark win in Paris in midweek, Guardiola made seven changes for the trip to south east London and the champions-elect, understandably, lacked their usual fluency in the first-half.
Raheem Sterling and Torres missed presentable opportunities, but Palace largely coped with everything City could throw at them in the opening 45 minutes.
The deadlock was broken, however, shortly before the hour mark when Aguero rolled back the years, instantly controlling Benjamin Mendy’s driven cross and belting the ball beyond Vicente Guaita on the half-volley.
And a 26th Premier League victory of the campaign was confirmed just 84 seconds later when Sterling’s pass inadvertently fell perfectly for Torres on the edge of the penalty area and the Spaniard curled a low shot beyond the helpless Guaita.
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