Kevin De Bruyne injured as late penalty save preserves City's unbeaten run

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Despite their inability to score in the league for the first time this season, City remain in first place and 14 points ahead of Chelsea, their closest challengers.

Gabriel left the pitch in tears in the 23rd minute after appearing to accidentally injure his knee when he slipped as he tried to control the ball minutes earlier. That is not going to happen."Maybe Arsene is worried about that but I tell him many times that 2004 run is for him". Silva fed De Bruyne on the right and the midfielder's cross was turned into his own net by the sliding Christian Kabasele.

The penalty incident itself was a controversial one, with the initial contact on Wilfried Zaha by Raheem Sterling outside the box, before the former appeared to dive in the box, but referee Jon Moss awarded the spot kick. Today is completely different to 2004.

City's run of 18 consecutive victories already represented a Premier League record, but Palace's resilience means they fell one short of the European record set by Bayern Munich, also then managed by Pep Guardiola, in 2014.

Given that shocking slump, the visitors are chalked up as a chunky 20/1 (21.0) chance to become the first English side to defeat Manchester City this season, while the odds compilers offer 17/2 (9.50) that the Hornets secure a share of the spoils when they visit the league leaders. No. It is a disaster for that.

The goal helped settle Southampton but extending its advantage proved difficult, and they needed the fingertips of Alex McCarthy to deny Townsend an equaliser just after the half-hour.

"In two days, we have another game (and) after that we have meetings".

However, I believe that the Merseyside team needs to capitalise on the January transfer window to strengthen their defence which has been exposing Simon Mignolet to conceding goals.

Manchester United's form has been very erratic in recent months and they look anything but an attractive proposition at 4/5 to win at Everton. "Protect the players, guys, that's all", he said. "But they can be out for a long time".

Watford did have their chances at the other end, with Andre Gray twice getting in behind the City defence within the opening half hour.

Liverpool beating Leicester City with both teams scoring ensured our biggest bet of the weekend landed and the action continues thick and fast this week with a busy round of New Year fixtures.