Premier League highlights: Sterling brace helps Man City beat Watford 4-0

Premier League highlights: Catch the score, commentary, stats, goals and highligths from the EPL match between Man City and Watford at Vicarage Road.

The last time Manchester City and Watford met in the Premier League, the former emrged victorious 8-0.   -  REUTERS

Hello and welcome to highlights of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Vicarage Road.

 

It's full-time at Vicarage Road and it's finished, Watford 0-4 Manchester City

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Comprehensive victory for Citizens, while Watford's problem continue to worsen. They would Aston Villa suffers a defeat so it can stay 18th.

FULL-TIME!!! THE MATCH COMES TO AND END THAT'S THAT!

90+5' GOOOOALL BUT OFF-SIDE! Jesus in an acres of space as he receives the cross from the right flank and as soon as he slots the ball home, he is deemd off-side

90+2' BLOCKED Kabasele with a good block near the penalty spot to deny Foden another goal.

FOUR minutes have been added to the second half.

85' SUBSTITUTION FOR WATFORD| Masina- IN|  Pereyra-OUT

82' SUBSTITUTION FOR WATFORD| Chalobah- IN|  Doucoure-OUT

81' 9 minutes plus stoppage tim to go as City has another free-kick but nothig comes off it.

78' EDERSON SAVES! Welbeck is set free with a through ball down the centre and striker has pace, quicke than John Stones. However, he takes one touch too many and allows Ederson to charge off his line and make the save.

73' SUBSTITUTION FOR CITY | STONES-IN|  LAPORTE -OUT

72' TOO STRONG! City attack immediately after the break and De Bruyne's cross, seeking Jesus at the right post, is too strong as the ball rolls over for a Watford goalkick.

70' DRINKS BREAK

The race to finish in the top-four between three teams is exciting but there is another intense battle at the bottom to stay in the Premier League.

Watford's goal difference is now the same as Bournemouth and Aston Villa. But it stays 17th due to points difference but that could also vanish if Aston Villa can upset Arsenal.

68' SUBSTITUTION FOR WATFORD| WELBECK- IN| DEENEY- OUT

66' GOOOOALLLLL!! Laporte gets his name on the scoresheet. A free-kick for City from a similar position last time around. This time, KDB curls the ball in and Laporte does well to palce his header past Foster in the far post.

So no hat-trick for Sterling tonight and he didn't look happy being subbed off. This is Foden's fifth goal and as he has scored all of the, after the restart.

64' SUBSTITUTION FOR CITY| Zinchenko, Mahrez-IN| Walker, Sterling- OUT!

63' GOOOOOALLLL!!! FODEN MAKES IT 3-0!! The move starts with KDB playing a near-perfect through ball to Sterling on the right from the centre. Raheem goes for goal and forces Ben to make a save. The ball deflects back to Foden's feet, who taps it in for an easy finish.

61' SAVVEEE!! You expect KDB to be on target from 25 yards out if not score and he doesn't disappoint. Goes to his left with a stinging shot and Foster does well to dive high to far corner and punch it away for a corner. Nothing comes off the corner.

61' FREE-KICK FOR CITY! KDB steals the ball from Cleverly and charges down the centre before being brought down by Doucoure.

56' OFF-SIDE! Good try from Watford! Cleverly plays a delightful through ball down the right from the Watford half seeking Sarr, who is just off-side!

53' AUDACIOUS! Rodri, near the right byline, drops his shoulder, goes left and looks to beat Ben Foster to the far post with a curler. But the ball flies wide. Sterling was waiting for a pass though.

47' SAVED AGAIN! De Bruyne plays it to his right from the centre and outside the box to Sterling, who looks it beat Foster. But the keeper does well to palm it away.

46' SAVED! Classic Man City start. On the offense from the onset. Foster comes off it his line to make a great save.

How many more will City score? We will know soon.

SECOND HALF BEGINS

HALF-TIME! That's it from the first half. Watford did really well to contain Manchester City for the first 30 minutes. But a couple of defensive blips have costed the home team two goals as it finds itself chasing.

45+1' DE BRUYNE WIDE!! Bernardo plays it to De Bruyne from the left flank, who looks to flick it thenear post but drags it wide.

Two minutes have been added on

If Watford concedes two more without scoring, it will go level with 18th placed Aston Villa on goal difference but still stay 17th due to points difference. GD can be crucial by the end of the campaign.

40' GOOOOOALLLLL!!! MAN CITY BEGINNING TO RUN AWAY WITH AS STERLING SCORES A SECOND!! Coming to the penalty, Sterling goes left and Ben Foster does really well to keep it out with his big left hand. But the ball falls back Sterling, who taps it in to complete his brace.

39' PENALTY TO MAN CITY! Phil Foden and City break quickly and the youngster looks to set up Sterling insdie the box. The stirker goes to his left, beats Kabasele easily before being brought down by a lazy tackle from Hughes.

37' SAVE! Silva, after Kabasele heads a cross away, looks to float the bal into the box but Ben Foster intercepts. 82% possession with City so far. 

36' BLOCKED! Phil Foden shows excellent footwork, after collecting a pass from De Bruyne, to dribble his way into the box past Cleverly and Mariappa. Just as he is looking to square the ball, he is stopped in his tracks by Kabasele. Once again, nothing comes off the corner.

31' GOOOOAALALLL! Finally, City has scored. The visitor looked like scoring all along and it has finally arrived. Kyle Walker, from the right flank, chips the ball low into the box and Hughes is caught ball watching. Sterling is unmarked and slots the ball into the far top corner. What a scoring season he is having.

25' Another corner for City! Sterling looks to set up Cancelo on the left but Hughes intercept. KDB goes deep with the corner and Rodri heads it wide.

24' Cooling break, first of the match.

22' FODEN GOES WIDE!! Quicker and sharper passing from City this time around. Cancelo looks to drill the ball into the bottom corner but the ball is deflected for a corner by Dawson. Nothing comes off the corner.

17' City still unable to break the deadlock. Cancelo plays it to Rodri who chips it to Sterling on the left, who is quick to lay it to an incoming De Bruyne. But Hughes stays with the City captain to makes the block. Corner for City but it's a poor one and goal kick to Watford.

First good chance of the game and Foster does well. This is the problem with defending too deep, you give the oppostion too much time and space.

11' SAVEDD!! What a save from Ben Foster. Super save. Rodrigo takes advantage of ample space down the centre and rifles the ball towards goal. The ball takes a deflection of Will Hughes but Foster does well to parry it over the bar and concede the corner. Nothing comes off it though.

3' GREAT TACKLE! Joao Cancelo, down the left flank, looked to cut in with pace but a great sliding tackle from Adrian Mariappa resulted in a Watford goalkick.

3' As you'd expect City dominating the posssession early in the game. Sterling looked to cross into the box but the wall cleared.

FIRST HALF BEGINS!!

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The referee blows his whistle, the players take a knee. We are ready to the action to begin. Let's play!

Man City first followed by the home team.

The players have made their way out to the pitch.

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LIVE UPDATES

-> Former champion suffered a blip in its quest for silverware this season after it was handed a shock defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal.

-> Pep Guardiola's men will look to get back to winning ways by winning their last two Premier League games before taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League.

-> The second place is assured for the Citizens but Watford has a lot to fight for.

-> Watford is currently 17th, just one place above the relegation zone.

-> Post the coronavirus stoppage, the Hornets won back-to-back games before losing 3-1 to West Ham in a crucial game.

-> Moreover, the club decided to part ways with its manager Nigel Pearson.

 

Starting XIs are out:

Watford: Ben Foster, Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Craig Dawson, Kiko Femenia, Tom Cleverly, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Will Hughes, Ismaila Sarr, Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra

Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Ayemric Laporte, Joao  Cancelo, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Phile Foden, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling

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RECENT FORM IN PREMIER LEAGUE

Watford: L,L,L,W,W,L

Manchester City: L,W,L,W,W,W
 

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MATCH PREVIEW:

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said Arsenal deserves credit for what it does on the pitch but he has little respect for them off it.

Arsenal knocked holder City out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 semifinal win on Saturday - days after Guardiola's side had a two-year UEFA ban from European football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Spaniard Guardiola had previously taken aim at a group of nine Premier League clubs who reportedly wrote a letter to CAS to argue against City receiving a stay on its ban, which was due to allegations that it broke Financial Fair Play rules.

“After we were beaten we shake hands. The opponents always deserve my respect and credit,” Guardiola told reporters.

“And Arsenal, I have all the respect for what they are on the pitch, not much off the pitch - but on the pitch, a lot.”

City visits Watford later on Tuesday and finish its in the Premier League campaign with a home game against relegated Norwich City.

 

Predicted XIs:

Watford:Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Mariappa; Hughes, Doucoure; Sarr, Capoue, Welbeck; Deeney

Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Doyle; Mahrez, Jesus, Bernardo

Where can you watch/stream the match live?

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