City were rampant pretty much from the get-go. They should have scored more than one in a dominant first-half display.
they certainly made up for that in the second period.
They go into third, four goals better off than Liverpool, who have been nudged down to fourth.
Champions League football next season is now within touching distance. As for Palace, safety is not yet guaranteed.
Wins for Hull and Swansea later on would seriously turn up the pressure; the game between Palace and Hull at Selhurst next week now looms large.
The business end of the season promises to be very interesting indeed; City have found some sparkling form at just the right time!