Brought to you by

Key Events

53'
Gabriel Jesus
K. De Bruyne
5 - 1
49'
Gabriel Jesus
Penalty Goal
4 - 1
34'
Rodri
Gabriel Jesus
3 - 1
28'
H. Kamara
E. Dennis
2 - 1
23'
Gabriel Jesus
K. De Bruyne
2 - 0

Match Stats

Possession
74% 26%
7
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 2
Total Passes 701 247
More
  • Heatmap
  • Touch Map

Key

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Conference League Qualifiers
Relegation

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Manchester City move four points clear at the top of the league, although Liverpool do have a game in hand tomorrow. Watford, meanwhile, remain in 19th.
Manchester City claim an emphatic 5-1 victory over Watford. The hosts dominated this game throughout and go to work quickly when Jesus tapped in from close range four minutes in. And they doubled their lead shortly after when Jesus nodded in De Bruyne's cross. Watford briefly threatened a comeback when Kamara fired in a clinical strike, but their hopes were dashed when Rodrigo smashes in a superb 25-yard strike. The second half was all about Jesus as the attacker completed his hattrick with a penalty, before notching his fourth with a calm strike following a selfless assist from De Bruyne. From there, Watford dropped deeper to avoid an even heavier defeat, and City ran out comfortable winners.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 5-1 WATFORD
90' + 2' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
90' + 1' Mahrez controls Fernandinho's long pass inside the box, before blasting an eight-yard strike way over the bar.
89' Save! Sterling feeds Grealish inside the box and the tricky attacker engineers space to shoot, before placing a low eight-yard strike that Foster pushes away!
87' Cancelo fires a 25-yard effort high and wide.
85' Sissoko battles for a loose ball inside the box, before drilling a 12-yard strike wide.
83' Cancelo cuts inside and sends in a cross that Foster easily claims.
81' Chance! Ngakia tumbles after a challenge from Zinchenko, earning Watford a promising free-kick. Dennis clips in the free-kick and Joao Pedro bundles it wide from close range.
79' City continue to knock it around confidently as Watford attempt to limit the damage of this scoreline.
77' Mahrez works a free-kick short but Kamara heads away Cancelo's eventual cross.
E. Kayembe
I. Louza
75' Louza heads off with Kayembe coming on.
75' Jesus has helped power City's rampant attack in this game. He's scored four goals, taken six shots and produced one assist today.
73' Mahrez's corner is cleared away at the near post.
R. Mahrez
Rodri
70' Rodrigo makes way for Mahrez after an excellent display in midfield.
70' City have slowed the tempo now as they look to conserve energy ahead of the run-in.
João Pedro
I. Sarr
68' Sarr makes way with Joao Pedro taking his place in attack.
C. Cathcart
Samir
68' Samir is replaced by Cathcart in defence.
67' Watford make a rare foray forward, but they can't quite find space to cross and City clear.
65' Cancelo sends in a dangerous low cross that flicks off Samir, forcing Foster into a smart save to turn it behind. The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
N. Aké
Aymeric Laporte
63' Laporte heads off with Ake taking his place in defence.
63' Chance! Dennis beats the offside trap and chops past Dias before hitting a 20-yard strike straight at Ederson.
61' Miss! A Gundogan corner prompts a scramble inside the six-yard box that ends with Rodrigo lashing wide from six yards.
59' Watford attempt to settle the game down with a spell of defensive possession, but City's high press quickly retrieves the ball.
İ. Gündoğan
K. De Bruyne
57' De Bruyne's work is done for the day as he heads off with Gundogan taking his place.
55' City continue to hunt further goals and this game could get damaging for the visitors.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
53' De Bruyne gets his second assist of the game by selflessly finding Jesus near the penalty spot. He could have easily shot, but instead went for the best choice for the team.
Gabriel Jesus
Goal
53' JESUS AGAIN! 5-1. Jesus gets his fourth goal of the game as City sweep forward with a superb move that ends with De Bruyne cutting it back to Jesus who slots in calmly in from eight yards!
52' De Bruyne's corner is headed firmly away by Dennis.
51' That should seal the win for City now. Watford haven't been able to cope defensively all game and it seems that this pattern will continue in the second half.
Gabriel Jesus
Penalty Goal
49' JESUS HATTRICK! 4-1. Jesus confidently steps up and sends Foster the wrong way before slotting it into the bottom left corner!
47' Penalty to City! Jesus latches onto a throughball to get clean through on goal and Foster races out before dragging the attacker down! The referee instantly awards a penalty and Watford can have little complaint.
46' Watford kick off the second half.
City produced 11 shots in that half as they repeatedly cut through Watford, and the visitors will need to tighten up if they're to stage a comeback.
Manchester City take a commanding lead into the break. The hosts started quickly when Jesus turned in Zinchenko's low cross and they swiftly doubled their lead when Jesus got his second with a header from a superb De Bruyne cross. Watford struggled to cope with City's attack but did find some joy on the break and they pulled one back through Kamara's precise finish. However, City restored their two-goal advantage when Rodrigo smashed in a superb strike from 25 yards to make it 3-1 at half-time.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WATFORD
45' + 2' Jesus threads a clever pass through to Sterling near the penalty spot, but the Watford defence converges to shut him out.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time are added on.
João Cancelo
Yellow Card
43' Cancelo's booked after a late challenge on Cleverley near the halfway-line.
41' Cancelo sends a clever diagonal pass towards Sterling, but the attacker can't quite reach it.
38' This game has followed a familiar pattern for Watford. They've conceded 33 first-half goals in 33 games, more than any other team in the English Premier League this season.
36' MISS! Jesus is causing Watford all sorts of problems and this time he sends in the perfect cross for Sterling who blasts over from 10 yards!
Gabriel Jesus
Assist
34' It was a speculative cross from Jesus towards the edge of the box and surely even he didn't think that Rodrigo would produce that strike!
Rodri
Goal
34' Goal Rodrigo Hernández Cascante
33' Jesus bends a 25-yard strike a few yards wide of the far post. The attacker is looking confident following his earlier two goals.
32' City immediately pick up the tempo and begin intently passing it around Watford's box as they search for a third goal.
30' Can Watford come back in this game? The visitors have posed a few problems for City on the break and they have their reward following Kamara's superb finish.
E. Dennis
Assist
28' Dennis had the vision to spot Kamara's run from deep and then executed the perfect throughball with a curling pass.
H. Kamara
Goal
28' GOALL! KAMARA! 2-1. Watford pull a goal back. King draws Dias out of position before finding Dennis who curls a superb throughball into the path of Kamara who races in behind the defence! The wingback takes a touch before drilling a clinical 15-yard strike across Ederson and into the bottom corner,
27' Watford clear De Bruyne's deep free-kick at the second attempt.
25' City are in complete control of this game now and it'll take a huge effort from Watford to recover here.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
23' It was a classic cross from De Bruyne. The Belgian picked it up just outside the box and bent in an inviting cross that gave Jesus a simple finish at the back post!
Gabriel Jesus
Goal
23' And Jesus makes it two! 2-0. The hosts pour forward again as De Bruyne whips in a sensational cross that finds an unmarked Jesus inside the six-yard box and the attacker stoops to guide a header beyond Foster!
22' Dennis chops his way towards the byline before drilling in a low cross that Dias hacks clear.
20' Laporte takes a tumble inside the box following De Bruyne's corner, but the referee and VAR remain unmoved.
18' City's record when taking the lead at home is worrying for Watford. Manchester City have a record of W12, D1, L0 when scoring the opening goal at home in the Premier League this season.
16' SAVE! An intricate City move ends with Jesus feeding a pass into Cancelo who rifles a 12-yard strike that Foster pushes away!
14' Watford make their first foray forward as they hit City on the break. King slips a throughball into the path of Dennis who appears to be clean through on goal, but Zinchenko gets back to halt his run.
12' Another dangerous City attack ends with Fernandinho slicing wide from 15 yards.
10' De Bruyne slips a neat pass into Fernandinho inside the box, but the midfielder's cross is straight at Foster.
8' Grealish's corner is headed clear by Kabasele.
6' Well, that's an ideal start for City. The longer this game stayed at 0-0, the more likely it was that Watford would grow in confidence. As it is, the visitors are now up against it already.
O. Zinchenko
Assist
4' Zinchenko kept his composure inside the box and found Jesus with a superb low cross that left the attacker with a simple finish!
Gabriel Jesus
Goal
4' GOALLL! JESUS! 1-0. City take an early lead. Cancelo picks out Zinchenko inside the box with a superb switch and the wingback drills in a low cross that Jesus gleefully taps into an empty net from close range!
3' Sarr is down injured following Zinchenko's challenge and there'll be a delay for treatment.
2' Sarr bursts in behind the City defence and draws a foul from Zinchenko. However, there won't be a free-kick after the linesman belatedly raises his flag.
1' Manchester City kick off the first half.
1' GOALL! RODRIGO! 3-1. City restore their two-goal advantage with a stunning strike. Jesus crosses from the byline and it falls perfectly for Rodrigo who smashes it on the bounce from 25 yards and into the top corner!
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Manchester City have won their last 14 meetings with Watford in all competitions and could become the first English league side in history to win 15 consecutive competitive games against an opponent.
Watford, meanwhile, make three changes after losing to Brentford: Joao Pedro, Femenia and Kucka make way for King, Ngakia and Cleverley.
Manchester City make six changes following their victory over Brighton last time out. Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Mahrez, Silva and Foden all drop out, with Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Jesus, Sterling and Grealish all coming in.
SUBS: Joao Pedro, Ken Sema, Dan Gosling, Edo Kayembe, Adam Masina, Nicolas Nkoulou, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Bachmann, William Troost-Ekong.
WATFORD (4-3-3): Ben Foster; Jeremy Ngakia, Christian Kabasele, Samir, Hassane Kamara; Moussa Sissoko, Imran Louza, Tom Cleverley; Ismaila Sarr, Josh King, Emmanuel Dennis.
SUBS: CJ Egan-Riley, Zack Steffen, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Luke Mbete, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Nathan Ake.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin de Bruyne, Rodrigo, Fernandinho; Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish.
Watford, meanwhile, find themselves in 19th place – seven points adrift of safety. If they’re to mount a late survival bid, they’ll need to at least claim a point against their imposing opponents today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Watford. This is an important game for the hosts as they continue their battle with Liverpool for the title. They’re one point clear at the top of the table following a six-match unbeaten run and will be looking to put the pressure on Liverpool ahead of their game against Everton tomorrow.