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Watford vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

Follow all the latest updates as the champions visit Vicarage Road

Sarah Rendell
Saturday 04 December 2021 19:54
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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.

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GOAL Watford 0-1 Man City (STERLING 4)

Sterling!!!

Foden crosses the ball in and Rose is out of position so Sterling can easily head the ball in. This could be a long evening for Ranieri.

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:35
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Watford 0-0 Man City

We are underway at Vicarage Road.

Manchester City will look to go top and Watford will want to extend the gap from the relegation zone.

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:31
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Watford vs Man City

The match will conclude Saturday’s Premier League action which has seen some surprising results.

Newcastle won their first match of the season with a 1-0 victory over Burnley, Liverpool snatched a last minute win over Wolves, West Ham stunned Chelsea 3-2 and Southampton drew 1-1 with Brighton.

How will the last game shake out? Action gets underway in five minutes.

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:25
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Watford vs Man City

Watford have never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League but will they change their fortunes this evening?

It will be a difficult task as Guardiola’s team will be aiming for the top of the Premier League. However, Ranieri has spoken confidently ahead of the match.

He told Sky Sports: “Our philosophy is good we just need points... We are ready, we are ready.”

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:19
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Watford vs Man City: What have the managers said?

There’s been a lot of praise between the managers in the build-up to this match with Guardiola saying he admires Ranieri.

The Man City boss said: “Football has to be grateful to still live with important people like Claudio Ranieri. What he has done in his career is amazing, Leicester is the benchmark. In Spain, Italy, France. I admire this type of person.”

And Ranieri said of Guardiola: “It’s a fantastic team. Guardiola is working very well, he has built a fantastic quality team and they can make the difference in every situation and for this reason, we must be focused on the match 100 per cent.”

The gloves will come off in just over 15 minutes though...

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Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:13
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Watford vs Man City: Team news

Watford have called Danny Rose back into the starting 11 to replace the injured Adam Masina.

Line-up: Bachmann, Femenia, Rose, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Louza, Cleverley, Sissoko, Dennis, Pedro, King

Meanwhile defending champions City will be hoping returning Jack Grealish and Phil Foden will propel them to the top of the table.

Line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Sterling, Foden, Grealish

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:07
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Watford vs Man City

If you wanted that next match then you’re in luck as Watford play Manchester City in just under half an hour.

While that late Liverpool goal has put them top of the table it could be quickly taken away from them as a win for City will see Pep Guardiola’s side back in number one position.

The teams have revealed their line-ups, so stay tuned for all the updates,,,

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 17:03
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FULL TIME: Wolves 0-1 Liverpool

Well, you can never count Liverpool out who now top the Premier League table after that last minute goal from Origi.

You have to feel for Wolves who put in a sensational effort to keep the Reds out for 94 minutes, including an impressive challenge from Saiss and a great block on the line from Coady.

But in the end Wolves needed a goal to cement the result and with no score came punishment and heartbreak. Salah didn’t score for Liverpool but he remains their star man with the assist this afternoon.

Breathless after that! Anyone for another match?

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 16:57
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GOAL: Wolves 0-1 Liverpool (ORIGI 90+5)

Oh wow, superb sub alert!

Salah made a great run and put in a pin point pass to Origi who slotted it home.

The absolute scenes from the Liverpool bench who have gone wild - the goal didn’t seem possible after Wolves’ amazing defence but it’s late heartbreak for the hosts.

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 16:54
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90+3 mins: We are into five minutes of added time and Wolves are holding on for a draw.

Liverpool have just failed to follow through with the countless opportunities they have had. Can they find a winner in the closing moments?

Sarah Rendell4 December 2021 16:51

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