MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's disappointing season looks like ending with the consolation prize of Champions League qualification after an unconvincing win Saturday over Aston Villa opened a nine-point gap to the fading chasers for the Premier League's top four.
An 89th-minute goal by Fernandinho earned City a 3-2 victory that moved the soon-to-be-deposed champions provisionally into second place — above Arsenal and Manchester United, who both play Sunday. More importantly, City is now nine points ahead of fifth-place Liverpool and sixth-place Tottenham after their draws on Saturday.
Liverpool drew 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion and Spurs twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Southampton.
Leicester and Hull enjoyed significant wins at the bottom, dropping Sunderland into the relegation zone in what looks like a fight to the final day for survival.