Pep Guardiola’s side will secure the title if they earn six points from their remaining games against Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Brentford.
Everton paid a heavy price for a small mistake when Mason Holgate was unmarked at the far post. Before then, City had been the second-best side but showed their efficiency in front of goal by scoring twice in two minutes.
Ilkay Gundogan was the star, involved in all three of City’s goals with a sublime backheel finish and supplying a cross for Erling Haaland’s close-range header.
Arsenal could cut the gap if they beat Brighton on Sunday, but the midfielder scored a free-kick from the edge of the box in the second half to lift City’s lead to four points.
Everton’s defeat left them one point above the relegation zone with two games left, leaving them with a cramped feeling.
City’s rivals Manchester United had an unforgettable treble success in 1999, becoming the only English team to win the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. How close City gets to that feat will be determined in the coming days.
Meanwhile, United will try to prevent an unprecedented feat in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month. But Europe’s elite club competition is their most coveted win, with a 1–1 first-leg draw to meet champions Real Madrid in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
In addition, they are in excellent form with 12 league wins in a row and 22 matches undefeated in all competitions.
City’s skillful players failed to create chances. But captain Gundogan controlled Riyad Mahrez’s pass in his 300th appearance for the club, scoring with a backheel behind the goal and also scoring a free-kick.
During this time, Haaland touched the ball only twice to head in his 52nd goal in an astonishing campaign that trails Everton legend Dixie Dean’s record of 63 goals in a game. A spectacular scissor kick went awry in the second half, leaving the Norwegian with just six games to beat Dean’s record, which has remained unbroken for 96 years.