Manchester City took the field at the Etihad Stadium, 18 points behind their rivals.
Carlos Tevez pounced to earn Manchester City a 1-0 victory at struggling Aston Villa on Monday.
Manchester City's 2-0 win over Chelsea gave them hope of retaining the Premier League crown.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has accused English referees of bias against foreign players.
Manchester City and Everton were both sent packing from the League Cup on Tuesday.
The Merseysiders twice went ahead but failed to hold the lead with costly errors at the back.