As it happened: Watford 0-4 Manchester City

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19:583 months ago

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19:573 months ago

FULL TIME ROUND-UP

For Watford, it's now all eyes on Villa Park as they'll be hoping Arsenal can recreate their FA Cup heroics from Saturday to aid their relegation battle.

It's fair to say it's going to be a very nervy week at Vicarage Road!

19:553 months ago

FULL TIME ROUND-UP

Any questions surrounding City's motivation have been quickly squashed as they brushed Watford aside this evening, exactly what was needed after Saturday's FA Cup semi final defeat. City have now scored 18 goals in their last three meetings against Watford, it's some record!
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FULL TIME WATFORD 0-4 MANCHESTER CITY

A convincing performance for the Blues gives them a comfortable win in their final away game of the Premier League season!
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OFFSIDE GOAL - GABRIEL JESUS

95' A superb ball from Joao Cancelo is headed in by Jesus but he is ever so slightly offside, and the assistant referee correctly rules it out.
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YELLOW CARD - WILL HUGHES

90' Hughes is booked for pulling back Phil Foden.
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90' Four minutes added on to the end of the second half.
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WATFORD SUBSTITUTE

86' Adam Massina replaces Roberto Pererya.
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WATFORD SUBSTITUTE

82' Another change for the hosts as Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Abdoulaye Doucoure.
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YELLOW CARD - ADRIAN MARIAPPA

80' The Watford skipper is penalised for pulling back Phil Foden.
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WATFORD SUBSTITUTE

79' Danny Welbeck is straight into the action as he breaks free one-on-one with Ederson, but the keeper comes out on top and capitialises on a loose touch from the forward!
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WATFORD SUBSTITUTE

76' Also looks like Watford have made a change as Danny Welbeck is in on in place of Troy Deeney.
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76' Phil Foden finds space 20 yards from goal and fires a fierce effort just over!
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MANCHESTER SUBSTITUTE

73' John Stones replaces goal scorer, Aymeric Laprote.
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DRINKS BREAK

70' It's the second drinks break of the evening. I think the Watford lads will be fancying something much stronger than the Gatorade on offer...
19:283 months ago

CHANCE!

70' Gabriel Jesus breaks in behind and beats Ben Foster to the ball but he lobs the ball just over the top!
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68' As the goals go in, Watford's goal difference gets worse which could play a real part in the relegation scrap...
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GOAL! WATFORD 0-4 MANCHESTER CITY - AYMERIC LAPORTE

66' It's four! A delightful Kevin De Bruyne free kick is met by Laporte and he makes no mistake with the header, nodding into the bottom corner to extend his side's lead.

This could be a long 25 minutes for Watford...

19:233 months ago

MANCHESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES

64' Double change for City and it's going to be now Sterling hat-trick as he and Kyle Walker are replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko and Riyad Mahrez.
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GOAL! WATFORD 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY - PHIL FODEN

63' A vintage Manchester City move finds Raheem Sterling in behind and is once again denied by Ben Foster who makes another great save, but Foden is their to tap into an empty net for City's third!

You have to feel for Foster, you really do...

19:203 months ago

CHANCE!

60' Kevin De Bruyne hits a trademark free kick from 25 yards over the Watford wall to force another wonder save from Ben Foster!

Where would Watford be without their shot-stopper tonight and for the most part of this season?

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55' A super little move from the hosts allows Ismaila Sarr to break in behind but just as he breaks free he is ruled offside.
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52' Good chance for Joao Cancelo as he beats two men down the left before curling an effort well over the Watford bar!

 

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MATCH STAT

Manchester City's Rodri has completed 10 more passes (65) than the entire Watford side (55)! 

(Via Sky Sports)

19:063 months ago

48' Well then what a start to the second half! If Watford want to give themselves any chance in this second half they can not gift City the ball, and chances like that.
19:063 months ago

CHANCE!

47' City come close again! Kevin De Bruyne switches the ball to Raheem Sterling, who cuts inside and hits a curling effort which is again superbly saved by Ben Foster!
19:053 months ago

CHANCE!

46' What a chance straight from the restart! Careless play from Watford allows Gabriel Jesus to get in behind, however his one-on-one effort is well saved by the feet of Foster!
19:033 months ago

SECOND HALF: WATFORD 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY

46' Watford get the game going at the restart!
19:023 months ago

Sterling Nets a Second... Just!

Take a look at Raheem Sterling's second, and of course Ben Foster's initial super save below!

19:003 months ago

Sterling's Opening Rocket

Take a look at Raheem Sterling's beauty of opener below!

18:573 months ago

HALF TIME ROUND-UP

On a closer look it seems that Will Hughes did in fact get the slightest of touches when he was adjudged to have fouled Raheem Sterling in the area...

However, the Watford man showed no real issues with the initial decision making the referee's and VAR's life much easier!

18:523 months ago

HALF TIME ROUND-UP

Despite a lacklustre start from City they head into the break with a well deserved two goal lead. Once again it's Raheem Sterling on the score sheet, and those two goals now take him to 19 for the Premier League season, his highest league tally of his career!

For Watford it's another long 45 minutes ahead. However, just as Bournemouth showed last week a little pressure on the City backline can often lead to reward, and with Premier League safety on the line they will not want to be relying on other results to secure their stay in the Premier League.

18:493 months ago

HALF TIME: WATFORD 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY

A Raheem Sterling brace gives City a comfortable lead at the break!
18:483 months ago

CHANCE!

45+1' Big chance at the other end! A dangerous Will Hughes finds Craig Dawson however the centre back's close range effort is straight at Ederson!
18:473 months ago

CHANCE!

45' Aymeric Laporte plays a neat through ball into Phil Foden, he pulls the ball back for Kevin De Bruyne who struggles to keep his balance and pokes wide from close range!
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GOAL! WATFORD 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY - RAHEEM STERLING

40' Ben Foster makes a superb save to initially deny Sterling from the spot, but the Watford keeper can not do anything to stop the rebound as the City number seven taps in for his, and his side's second!
18:403 months ago

MANCHESTER CITY PENALTY

38' CITY PENALTY! Some quick from Sterling results in him being tripped over by Will Hughes giving Michael Oliver no choice but to point to the spot!

Sterling will be the man to step up...

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35' Phil Foden does superbly well down the left taking on two men, before having a cross from close range well blocked!
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32' So, Watford now have it all to do. After a strong 30 or so minutes the hosts are going to have throw much more at City if they want to get anything out of this one...
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GOAL! WATFORD 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY - RAHEEM STERLING

30' What a finish! Kyle Walker fires in a low ball to Sterling, who takes one touch before firing a rocket into the top corner giving Ben Foster no chance!

What a season the England winger is having!

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27' Cleverley finds space 25 yards from goal but curls a cross/shot way over Ederson's bar.
18:233 months ago

DRINKS BREAK

22' Time for the drinks break. Both managers are having a quick word with their players just before they head back out.
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21' Chance for City as Joao Cancelo works the ball well into the Watford box before Phil Foden has an effort from close range well blocked!
18:213 months ago

20' A fairly laboured first 20 minutes so far. The feel of a pre-season friendly comes to mind, which I suppose is appropriate for late July!
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14' As expected it's a dominant start from City but the hosts are standing strong so far.
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CHANCE!

10' Great save! A long-range effort from Rodrigo deflects of Gabriel Jesus and is just tipped over by Ben Foster!
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10' First chance for Watford as a loose ball falls to Will Hughes on the edge of the box he drags his effort well wide.
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7' A lobbed ball from Phil Foden tries to finds Gabriel Jesus in behind, however it just evades him and it's collected by Ben Foster
18:003 months ago

KICK OFF: WATFORD 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY

1' City get the ball rolling at Vicarage Road!
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And not too far behind, here come Watford. Just under five minutes until we get going, stay tuned!
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Here come Manchester City in their brand new cracked mosaic style home shirt!
17:513 months ago

Relegation Battle

So, just before we get going here is a quick rundown on the relegation dog fight:

A Watford win: Will send down Bournemouth and Aston Villa if the latter fail to beat Arsenal later this evening.

Watford draw: Will send down Bournemouth and mean Aston Villa will need to pick up at least a point to take it to the final day.

Manchester City win: The relegation scrap will go down the last day this Sunday. Watford currently sit three points clear of Villa, so if they match their result this evening they will stay sat in the driving seat with one game left to play.

17:243 months ago

150 Up For Jesus

Front man, Gabriel Jesus makes his 150th Manchester City appearance tonight! Can he add to his 66 City goals this evening?

17:203 months ago

Vicarage Road is Ready

Vicarage Road looks all set for its final Premier League game of the season, but will it be the last in the top flight for at least another season?

17:173 months ago

Cancelo Comes in

One surprise on the team sheet for City is Joao Cancelo, not only because of his lack of game time but also because tonight he'll playing out of position at left back, compared to his usual right.
17:153 months ago

Manchester City Team News

For City it's more rotation with Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva coming in for Benjamin Mendy, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez
17:123 months ago

Watford Team News

So, it's two changes to the Watford team that lost to West Ham last time out, with Adrian Mariappa and Roberto Pereyra come in for Adam Masina and Danny Welbeck.
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Manchester City Starting XI

Here is how the Blues lineup

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Watford Starting XI

Here is how the hosts lineup

14:213 months ago

Happy Belgian National Day!

The hosts are celebrating Belgian National Day with a shoutout to their Belgian centre-back, Christian Kabasele! Will it be a double celebration for the Hornets number 27?

Apparently their is a half decent Belgian talent in the City squad as well?

 

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Despite his sacking this week, Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the now former Watford boss, Nigel Pearson ahead of tonight's decision, stating:

 

"It is not easy for me to talk about this. I respect the decision, all I can say is before the lockdown what Nigel did was incredible. The amount of points and the results they got when they were on the bottom."

"But after that I don’t know what happened. I respect the decision of the club and I wish Nigel all the best. He is an experienced manager in England, he has done incredibly well in the past but I don't know the reason for the decision."

14:183 months ago

Pep Praises Pearson

Despite his sacking this week, Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the now former Watford boss, Nigel Pearson ahead of tonight's decision, stating:

 

"It is not easy for me to talk about this. I respect the decision, all I can say is before the lockdown what Nigel did was incredible. The amount of points and the results they got when they were on the bottom."

"But after that I don’t know what happened. I respect the decision of the club and I wish Nigel all the best. He is an experienced manager in England, he has done incredibly well in the past but I don't know the reason for the decision."

14:133 months ago

Mullins Hoping to Recreate Liverpool Heroics

Ahead of tonight's meeting caretaker Watford boss, Hayden Mullins is hoping his side can perform just as they did when the defeated now Premier League Champions, Liverpool 3-0 back in February in tonight's clash:


"[The Liverpool win] is definitely something to look at. We were excellent that day, we were fantastic. A lot of energy, a lot of discipline, did our jobs really well that day and it's something that we're definitely looking at."

14:073 months ago

Re-watch City's Hammering

As we approach kick off why not take a look at City's 8-0 demolition of the Hornets in their last meeting last September? (Apologies Watford fans!)

10:303 months ago

Stay Tuned!

Be sure to stay tuned throughout the day for all the pre-match build up including team news, analysis and of course live updates throughout!
10:293 months ago

How to watch Watford vs Manchester City

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10:273 months ago

Manchester City Predicted Lineup

Ederson, Walker, Stones Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus
10:253 months ago

Watford Predicted Lineup

Foster, Masina, Dawson, Kabasele, Kiko, Doucoure, Hughes, Cleverley, Sarr, Welbeck, Deeney
10:223 months ago

Manchester City Team News

Apart from long term absentees, Sergio Aguero and Claudio Bravo the Blues head into tonight's clash with no other issues, however Guardiola is expected to rotate his side from Saturday's semi final.
10:213 months ago

Watford Team News

Long term absentees, Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success all remain sidelined through injury, whilst Etienne Capoue is also expected to miss out after missing Friday's defeat 3-1 defeat to West Ham.
10:183 months ago

The Last Time

The last time these two locked horns was certainly one to remember for City as they ran out convincing 8-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium back in September.

With their Premier League safety now at stake there is no doubt Watford will be doing all they can to prevent another battering this evening.

10:153 months ago

Can City Bounce Back?

The Blues go into the clash on the back of defeat, after losing 2-0 to Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley.

Despite having little to play for in this one, there is no doubt Pep Guardiola will be keen to bounce back from Saturday's disappointing defeat.

10:113 months ago

Mullins Takes Charge

After sacking manager, Nigel Pearson with just two games to go caretaker boss, Hayden Mullins will take charge of Watford for the very the first time this evening, and it's straight into the deep end for Mullins with the Hornets just three points clear of the drop zone.


10:063 months ago

KICK OFF TIME

Watford vs Manchester City will be played at the Vicarage Road, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 18:00 BST.
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WELCOME!

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