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Early goal has Manchester City in control at Palace

Apr 27, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

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Liverpool’s stumble opened the door for Manchester City, and they’ve wasted no time making their way through the fissure.

Boosted by the word that the Reds fell to Chelsea at Anfield, a header by Edin Dzeko finished off a Yaya Toure cross in just the fourth minute and has Manchester City in control at Selhurst Park.

Not only are they in control of the match, but they currently have the slight advantage in the title race if they can hold onto the lead.

With the same maximum possible points as Liverpool, Manchester City’s better goal differential means if both teams win out City would likely win the title.

City have clearly been boosted by the news from Anfield.  They came out of the tunnel with a spring in their step afterword came through of the other result, and have come out firing early at Selhurst Park.

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Just a minute earlier, Pablo Zabaleta got a great feed from James Milner, but the wing-back’s fizzing ball into the box didn’t find any City attackers to finish it off.

They haven’t shown any signs of taking their foot off the gas either, and haven’t been put off by Palace’s five-match winning streak.

Crystal Palace have never won six top-flight matches in a row in club history.

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