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A. Laporte
K. De Bruyne
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P. Foden
Goal
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R. Sterling
Goal
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40'
R. Sterling
Penalty Miss
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R. Sterling
K. Walker
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That's all for today, goodbye! 
Watford's fight to stay in the Premier League is going down to the final day. They're currently three points clear of the drop zone, but if Aston Villa win later, they will drop into the relegation places on goal difference. They travel to Arsenal for their final game of the season. City bounce back after their disappointment in the FA Cup and Guardiola will want to finish the season on a high as they face Norwich City who have already been relegated.
Manchester City cruise to a 4-0 win over Watford. Sterling scored a brace in the first half, breaking the deadlock with a brilliant strike into the top corner before scoring on the rebound after Foster saved his spot-kick. Foden tapped-in a third after Sterling's strike was saved by Foster and Laporte rounded it off when he headed in De Bruyne's free-kick.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: WATFORD 0-4 MANCHESTER CITY.
90' + 4' OFFSIDE! It's a great cross into the box from Cancelo as he picks out Jesus in the six-yard box. The Brazilian heads the ball back across goal and it nestles into the far bottom corner, but the flag goes up as he set off too early.
90' + 3' City are still putting Watford under pressure in their own half as we go into the final minutes of the game but they're in no hurry to get into the box as they wait for an opening.
W. Hughes
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Hughes is holding Foden around the waist as he drags him away from the ball and he's booked for the challenge.
89' Hughes is brought down in midfield and Cleverley is standing over the free-kick for Watford. He floats a good cross into the box, but can't pick out a team-mate as Stones clears it in the middle.
A. Masina
R. Pereyra
87' Final change for Watford now as Pereyra makes way for Masina.
86' Watford try to catch out City with a long ball over the top to Welbeck but he sets off too early and the offside flag goes up against him.
84' City are patiently knocking the ball around in Watford's half at the moment and they're in no hurry to push into the final third. Zinchenko loops a pass forward for Jesus on the left, but he's brought down by Sarr.
N. Chalobah
A. Doucouré
82' Another change for Watford now and it's Chalobah that's coming on for Doucoure.
A. Mariappa
Yellow Card
80' Mariappa pulls Foden back to stop him reaching the ball and is shown the first yellow card of the game.
78' Mariappa plays a low throughball forward for Welbeck to run onto and the substitute pulls away from Stones and is one-on-one with Ederson. The goalkeeper comes rushing off his line and smothers the shot.
76' De Bruyne spots Foden's run to his left on the edge of the box and squares the ball to him. He hits the shot first time, but he doesn't trouble Foster as it sails over the bar.
J. Stones
A. Laporte
74' The third change for City sees Laporte replaced by Stones.
73' Watford have a rare chance to attack as Femenia plays a long ball over the top to Welbeck. He can't bring it down and Garcia slices his clearance towards Sarr. Luckily for him, Laporte is alert and he's able to clear his lines. 
71' City have scored 12 Premier League goals against Watford in 2019-20, the joint-most by a team against an opponent in a season along with Blackburn v Nottingham Forest in 1995-96 and Spurs v Wigan in 2009-10.
69' Watford are sitting deeper again following the fourth goal but City are happy to keep possession near the halfway line as they patiently wait for some space to open up ahead of them.
D. Welbeck
T. Deeney
67' Watford make their first change now and it's Deeney making way for Welbeck.
A. Laporte
Goal
66' LAPORTE SCORES! It's a great cross from De Bruyne and Laporte gets ahead of Foden at the far post to head the ball back across goal and into the far side netting. 4-0 City!
K. De Bruyne
Assist
66' De Bruyne steps up to take the free-kick on the right and curls his cross into a dangerous area in the six-yard box where Laporte meets it.
R. Mahrez
R. Sterling
64' Sterling is the other player to come off as he's replaced by Mahrez.
O. Zinchenko
K. Walker
64' There's a double change for City following the goal with Walker making way for Zinchenko.
P. Foden
Goal
63' CITY HAVE A THIRD! Sterling's shot from the right of the box is saved by Foster as he gets a hand to it, but he only pushes it into Foden's path and he's left with a simple tap-in into an empty net. There is a VAR check for offside, but the goal stands. 3-0 City!
61' GOOD SAVE! City have a free-kick just outside the box and De Bruyne is standing over it. He curls his shot up and over the wall and it's heading into the top-left corner, but Foster gets across to punch it away.
59' Femenia makes a good driving run down the left wing and despite being under pressure from two City defenders, he swings a cross in. It's poor from him though and he ends up sending it into the side netting.
57' Watford are still being penned back in their own half as City continue to push forward. Garcia gets his head up before playing a throughball forward for Foden to run onto, but the flag goes up for offside.
55' There is a half-hearted shout for a penalty from Sterling as he thinks that the ball struck Dawson on the arm when he tried to lift it over the defender. The referee had a good view of it though and he waves away the claim.
53' Cancelo drifts into the box from the left wing with the ball and he's at a tight angle when he decides to shoot. He tries to curl it into the far post, but his shot flashes wide of the target.
51' Since the start of 2017-18, Sterling has netted seven Premier League goals against Watford - in this period, the only player to score more against a single opponent in the competition is Salah (eight v Watford and Bournemouth).
49' Watford break quickly and Pereyra's cross from the left finds Sarr at the near post. He's at a tight angle with his back to goal, but he turns to get his shot away but can only fire it into the side netting. 
47' GREAT SAVE! City have made a very bright start to the second half and are in on goal again. This time it's Sterling in space on the right of the box and his shot is heading into the roof of the net, but Foster gets a strong hand to it. 
46' GOOD SAVE! Watford sloppily give the ball away in midfield and Jesus comes away with it. He's one-on-one with the goalkeeper as he gets into the box and he drills his shot on target, but Foster stops it with his legs.
46' Watford get us back underway for the second half!
Guardiola will be pleased with his side's reaction after their loss at the weekend and will be looking for more of the same in the second half as they've dominated so far. As for Watford, they've struggled to get into the game and they'll need to see a big improvement after the break if they want to boost their survival hopes.
Sterling's brace gives Manchester City a 2-0 lead over Watford at half-time. He opened the scoring in the 31st minute with a brilliant finish as he fired his shot into the top-left corner from the right of the box. He then won his side a penalty after being brought down by Hughes. Sterling's spot-kick was well-saved by Foster, but the forward capitalised on the rebound as he scored the tap-in.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: WATFORD 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY.
45' + 2' Deeney is brought down on the left and Watford have a free-kick in a good position. Hughes swings the cross into the box and picks out Dawson at the far post, but the ball bounces off his side and into Ederson's hands.
45' + 1' Silva isn't picked up on the left of the box when he's played in by Laporte and he has time to pick out De Bruyne's run into the area. He squares it to him but he's put under pressure from Doucoure and sends him effort wide of the near post.
44' Sterling has now scored 19 Premier League goals this season, his outright best return in the competition in a single campaign.
42' City are on the attack again and Watford can't get out of their own half as they sit back and absorb the pressure. Rodri makes a good run through the middle, but Deeney cuts him off and ends up giving away a free-kick.
R. Sterling
Goal
40' STERLING SCORES THE REBOUND! He may not have scored the penalty but when Foster pushes the ball away from goal, Sterling is alert to it and turns the ball into the back of the net on the second attempt. 2-0 City!
B. Foster
Penalty Save
40' It's a great save by Foster who reads it well and dives the wrong way. He sticks a hand up and pushes the shot back into the middle of the box.
R. Sterling
Penalty Miss
40' IT'S SAVED! It's a confident run up from Sterling and he sends his shot to the goalkeeper's right. Foster reads it well though and gets a hand to it! 
39' PENALTY TO CITY! Sterling rides the first challenge on him as Kabasele slides in to nick the ball off him on the edge of the box but is caught by Hughes who sends him tumbling to the ground. He looks at the referee and he points to the spot.
37' Cancelo is being given a lot of space down the left side for City and he puts another good low cross into the box. De Bruyne has his back to goal when he gets it but he lays it off to Silva. His cross is straight into Foster' gloves though.
35' Deeney is quickly closed down by Garcia but he manages to touch the ball into Sarr's path as he cuts inside from the right. He can't keep hold of it though as Laporte comes across and nicks it off him.
33' Watford are forced to go backwards after City crowd them out the box and Dawson wants too much time on the ball. Jesus nicks it off him and he has space to run into, but luckily for Watford, his first touch lets him down and Kabasele wins it back.
R. Sterling
Goal
31' CITY LEAD! Hughes misses the cross into the box but Sterling controls it well with his first touch. It's a brilliant goal from him as he fires it across goal and into the top-left corner, leaving Foster with no chance. 1-0 City!
K. Walker
Assist
31' Walker gets into a good position high on the right and swings his cross into the box to pick out Sterling.
29' City are getting a lot of joy down their right side and De Bruyne lays it off to Foden just inside the box. He has time to set himself before firing his shot on goal, but it's another good block from Dawson.
27' Cleverley whips a cross into the box from the left and he almost causes Ederson some real problems. The keeper is scrambling across his line to the far post but is happy to see it bounce just wide.
26' De Bruyne floats the corner into the box this time and Rodri pulls away from his defender to get on the end of it. He can't direct his header on target though and it bounces wide of the near post.
24' The players are coming back onto the field after the drinks break and Foster restarts play with a goal-kick.
22' GOOD CHANCE! Watford just don't clear their lines when Rodri's throughball comes into the box and Foden plays a one-two with Cancelo to try to open up more space. He aims his shot towards the near post, but a deflection off Femenia takes it wide.
21' It's a good switch of play from the right to left wing by City as Rodri picks out Sterling's run. He cuts inside onto his right foot but fires his shot against Dawson's back.
19' Watford are struggling to get out of their own half at the moment as City continue to push forward in search of the opener. The away side are keeping hold of possession well as they patiently play out from the back.
17' De Bruyne whips another corner into the box for City and Rodri gets ahead of Mariappa to reach it at the near post. He tries to turn with the ball to knock it on but ends up putting it out for a goal-kick.
15' Foden does really well to squeeze a cross into the box from the right under pressure from two Watford defenders. Both Silva and Jesus have made a run to the near post, but Kabasele does well to knock it out for a corner.
13' City haven't lost their final away game of a Premier League season since 2008-09 (2-1 v Tottenham), winning eight and drawing two of their 10 such games since.
11' GREAT SAVE! Rodri finds himself in a pocket of space just outside the box and curls a shot towards goal. It takes a deflection off Kabasele but Foster dives across his line to tip it wide of the post.
10' Mariappa puts a long throw-in into the box and City don't deal with it. Cancelo's header loops into the air before Walker slices his clearance and it falls to Hughes. It's a poor shot from him though as he drills it wide of the near post.
8' De Bruyne plays a good cross into the box from the right and he's looking for Jesus in the middle. He's goalside of Dawson, but it's just too high for the forward and he can't flick it towards the target.
6' Sarr is picked out on the right by Doucoure from a free-kick in their own half, but he's under pressure straight away from Cancelo. He tries to swing his cross into the box, but the defender blocks it.
4' Sterling plays a one-two with Foden in the middle to try and get more space but they're surrounded by Watford players and it's deflected into the box. Cancelo was the closest to it but he would've been offside so Foster could collect.
2' City are keeping the ball well here in the opening couple of minutes and they work it out to Cancelo in space on the left. He puts a good cross into the middle of the box but can't pick out a team-mate as Dawson clears it. 
1' Silva gets the game underway for City!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Watford's biggest ever top-flight home defeat (6-0 in September 2017) and biggest ever overall league defeat (8-0 in September 2019) have both come against City.
Pep Guardiola makes four changes to the side that started the FA Cup semi-final game, with Cancelo, Rodri, Foden and Bernardo Silva all coming in. Mendy, Mahrez, David Silva and Gundogan all start on the bench.
Hayden Mullins makes two changes as he names his first line-up as interim head coach and he brings in Mariappa and Pereyra. Welbeck and Masina both drop to the bench.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Oleksandr Zinchenko, John Stones, Scott Carson, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy.
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodrigo, Phil Foden; Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.
WATFORD SUBS: Danny Welbeck, Jaoa Pedro, Craig Cathcart, Ignacio Pussetto, Heurelho Gomes, Andre Gray, Domingos Quina, Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Masina.
WATFORD STARTING XI (4-3-3): Ben Foster; Adrian Mariappa, Christian Kabasele, Craig Dawson, Kiko Femenia; Tom Cleverley, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Will Hughes; Ismaila Sarr, Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra.
Nigel Pearson was sacked by Watford on Sunday with two games left for them to try and secure their place in the Premier League next season. They've won just two of their last seven games (D1 L4) but suffered a big blow to their survival with a 3-1 defeat to West Ham last time out. If they manage to get a point today though, Bournemouth will be relegated. They face a City side that lost their FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal on Saturday, but they've won their last three league matches, scoring 12 goals in the process.
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