Watford vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction
A potentially pivotal day in the title race, which began in east London before late drama at Wolverhampton, ended with Manchester City fans singing “We are top of the league” into the cold evening air at Vicarage Road. Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham opened the door and City swaggered through with a dominant 3-1 win over Watford, most notable for the joyful brilliance of Bernardo Silva.
If Mohamed Salah is the early frontrunner for the Premier League’s player of the season, Bernardo is his nearest rival making a concerted charge. The Portuguese scored two sublime goals here, the first exhibiting his delicate touch in tight spaces, the second showing off the accuracy of his unerring left foot. City rarely rely on the gift of a single star but sometimes one comes to the fore – think of Kevin De Bruyne in 19/20, or Ilkay Gundogan last season – and this feels unequivocally like the year of Bernardo.
Follow all the latest rection below to Man City’s win at Watford.
- 5:30pm GMT kick-off
- Watford XI - Bachmann, Femenia, Rose, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Louza, Cleverley, Sissoko, Dennis, Pedro, King
- Man City XI - Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Sterling, Foden, Grealish
- 4’ - Sterling heads in early on from close range
- 30’ - Silva finishes second after several spurned chances
- 64’ - A brace for Silva makes it three with a curling effort into the top corner
- 74’ - Hernandez pulls one back off the bench for the hosts
Well what a match to finish the Saturday action!
Sterling and Silva the scorers for City with Hernandez adding one for Watford.
If you’d like to catch up with all of the action have a look at our report:
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:50
There has been some cracking games in the Premier League today but the weekend isn’t over yet!
Tomorrow Leeds take on Brentford, United play Crystal Palace, Tottenham face Norwich and Aston Villa have Leicester. And on Monday night Everton take on Arsenal.
These other matches won’t impact City’s place at the top of the table.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:43
Bernardo Silva has spoken after scoring twice in the match.
He told Sky: “We started the game well. Creating chance and not allowing them to counter attack. We scored two, we should have scored more.
“It’s always better to be the top of the league than second, third or fourth. Liverpool are just a point behind us, Chelsea two points behind, there are lots of games to play. But it’s better to be top.
“Liverpool and Chelsea are having an amazing season. It’s going to be tough to compete with each other. We know how tough it is to win the league.”
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:37
Sterling collected the Player of the Match award but he couldn’t get to his 100th Premier League goal.
He scored early on to get to 99 but it’s only a matter of time before he joins the elite club. A great match from the England star.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:31
Just the 14 straight wins over Watford for Manchester City! The team, love them or hate them, are just so dominant in what they do.
It’s been the perfect day for Guardiola with Chelsea losing to West Ham earlier today it meant they could snatch the top spot.
They did just that in a thoroughly convincing performance. What a day in the Premier League.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:27
Manchester City are top of the Premier League after a convincing 3-1 victory over Watford.
An early Sterling goal started a great evening for the visitors with Silva adding another before the break.
Watford came out well in the second 45 but it was City who scored next through Silva once again. The hosts clawed one back through Hernandez and had extra energy afterwards but it came too late to impact the result.
Added time saw chances for both sides come and go and it’ll be a real test for Watford when they play Brentford next.
The defending champions are holding onto their trophy well so far.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:23
90 mins: Jesus was down for a few minutes but was back to his feet. Guardiola was clearly not happy with the challenge and continued to rant and rave on the side lines.
Jesus was then booed by Watford fans anytime he got the ball, maybe suggesting he dove.
De Bruyne had a shot but it went slightly wide with more City chances going to waste. There will be four minutes added time.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:20
85 mins: City on another corner through Sterling. De Bruyne sent the ball deep but shots were blocked. The visitors continued their pressure but Watford managed them well and even released their own attack.
Dennis was at the centre of that with Sissoka also getting amongst the action. However, Cathcart was booked for a challenge on Jesus, who remained on the floor injured.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:15
80 mins: King almost got another for Watford just a few minutes after their goal!
While it is likely the hosts will lose this match, there are elements to their game that can give their fans hope. Ranieri has aided them in getting goals, they just need the conviction to get the points now.
Meanwhile Sterling is pouncing on the ball every chance he gets as the next goal for him will be his 100th in the league.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:10
Well, what about that! Hernandez smacks the post with his first attempt but he scores from the rebound and suddenly Vicarage Road are in full voice.
Ederson looked frustrated he didn’t save that, he was just 17 minutes from his 100th City clean sheet.
Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 19:04