Manchester City are in to 8/15 for the Premier League title after an Erling Haaland brace inspired Pep Guardiola's side to a 2-0 success over Everton.
The Toffees had been frustrating the title favourites up until Haaland sensationally found that crucial breakthrough 20 minutes from time, letting rip a stunning half volley that flew into the roof of the net.
The home side took full charge of the contest after the Norwegian's opener, and soon made it 2-0 courtesy of yet more classy finishing from the top-flight's leading scorer.
While it was Arsenal who came out on top at the Emirates last weekend, it was City who were perhaps the real winners, with primary title rivals Liverpool losing for the first time since their controversial nine-man loss to Tottenham in September.
The champions experienced a major stumble before their Club World Cup break, going four games without a win, including their chaotic 4-4 draw with Chelsea and their similarly dramatic 3-3 draw with Tottenham.
They then dropped two points at home to Crystal Palace despite leading 2-0 but have responded well since.
While Arsenal drew with Liverpool before losing to West Ham and Fulham, City have now won five league games on the bounce.
They also have De Bruyne – who’s missed almost the entire season through injury – fit and firing, with Haaland also back to full fitness, and more crucially scoring, after nearly two months out.
Manchester City next five Premier League fixtures:
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