FT: Watford 1-2 Man City. The league leaders dominated for large swathes of this, but almost threw it away at the death! Spirited effort from Watford, who did their best to snatch an unlikely point. City now five points clear at the top with Liverpool playing on Wednesday. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.
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Watford - Manchester City
Premier League - 4 December 2018
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Foster is up for it, but Delph gets the ball clear. Doucoure then fires for goal from the rebound, but it is blocked!
Corner for Watford. They are pressing and pressing here.
Four minutes of added time here...
And what a time to do it!
CHAAAAAANCE! Deeney climbs highest to meet the corner, heads for goal. but it is straight at Ederson.
Glimmer of hope for Watford. Deulofeu's cross is met by Deeney, Ederson saves, Doucoure is there, his first effort is blocked on the line, before he pokes the ball home.
GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Watford 1-2 Man City. Game on! Doucoure bundles the ball home at the far post to get Watford back in it.
Change for City, as Kompany goes off, seemingly holding the back of his though, to be replaced by Otamendi.
SAVE! Brilliant from Mahrez again to cut inside, on to his left, fires for goal, but Foster gets a strong hand to it down to his right.
Leading the charts in every position...
Watford are still pressing, but City have defended really well all night.
Sane whips the cross into the middle, but Watford clear.
Change for Watford, with Success replaced by Andre Gray.
SAVE! Good move from Watford. Deeney shows great awareness to find Doucoure, who fires for goal, but Ederson is down to smother.
Some of the football CIty are playing is frightening. In their own box.
MISS! Jesus misses another glorious opportunity. Mahrez again with the superb pass, Jesus is in, but he fires wide. That man needs a goal.
CHANCE! Great ball from Mahrez again, Bernardo Silva flicks it on, Jesus is there, six yards out, the flag stays down, but the Brazilian cannot guide the header on target.
City in total control here, knocking the ball around at will.
Change for Watford, with Chalobah replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.
Another super pass from David Silva gets Jesus in, Kabasele recovers well to make the tackle, it falls for Jesus once more, he tries to feed Walker, but overhits the pass.
Mahrez hooks a shot towards the far corner, it is blocked, loops towards goal, which has Foster scrambling, but rolls just wide.
City come again, but Sane is just offside. They want more here.
City do not get the credit they deserve for their defending. Great block from Sane to deny Doucoure.
Watford still pressing to their credit, but Success cannot get the cross into the middle.
So clinical from City. Watford gave the ball away, David Silva threaded it through for Jesus, who picked out Mahrez at the back post, with the Algerian guiding the ball into the net at the back post.
GOOOOOALLLLLL!!! Watford 0-2 Man City. Game over? Jesus picks out Mahrez, who finds the net, scoring his fourth goal on this ground.
Break in play here as Will Hughes receives some treatment.
Sane feeds the ball across for Jesus, but he cannot control and Kabasele clears.
We are back under way here.
HT: Watford 0-1 Man City. The champions have been knocking at the door all game, and finally got their goal through Sane late in the half. Ederson has been forced into one fine save, but this has, again, been all City.
One minute of added time here at the end of the first half.
Mahrez then gets in behind, races clear, but can only scuff an effort into the side netting after seemingly running out of steam.
Four goals in his last five Premier League starts for Sane now. Foster thought he had done enough to deny David Silva, but Mahrez whipped the ball back into the middle, with Sane making no mistake, getting there ahead of Foster to chest the ball home.
GOOOOOOOALLLLL!!! Watford 0-1 Man City. In the blink of an eye they come to life, with Sane guiding the ball home with his chest to break the deadlock.
City have been a little flat in the last few minutes. Watford's dogged defending seems to be getting to them.
Fernandinho doing what he does best - tactical fouling! Breaks up so many attacks.
SAVE! Better from Watford! With the hosts get a better chance? Great skill from Abdoulaye Doucoure to hook the ball over his own head to Deeney, who spins and fires for goal first time, but Ederson sticks out a leg to make the save!
SAVE! The commentator's curse almost strikes again! Ball from Kompany finds Jesus, who does really well to beat his man, hold off the challenge, before being denied by Foster once more.
City going from side to side trying to find a way through. Gabriel Jesus looks a man shorn of confidence up front.
Plenty of goals elsewhere...
Watford have every man behind the ball now, trying to stem the flow of City attacks.
Watford still just about keeping City out. Better finishing and City would be in front here.
Long ball from Foster causes problems, but Isaac Success brings down Delph and the move breaks down.
This is relentless from City. They have done everything but score so far.
TRIPLE SAVE! Extraordinary from Foster to keep City bay, first to deny Mahrez when clean through, then he smothers at the feet of Bernardo Silva, before sticking out a leg to deny Mahrez again.
Vincent Kompany loops a header back into the middle, Foster comes out to punch, gets it all wrong, but the linesman's offside flag bails him out.
Brilliant pass from David Silva into Sane, but it is out for another corner for City.
Looking ominous for Watford here, with City clicking into gear...
Nice touch from Watford fans...
SAVE! Super stop from Foster saves Watford. Pereyra misplaces a pass, Sane nips in, uses his pace to race clear of the Watford backline, tries to clip the ball over Foster, but the Watford stopper sticks up an arm to make the save.
Nice play from Troy Deeney, he finds RIcardo Pereyra, but the shot is well wide of the mark.
Riyad Mahrez tries to take on Jose Holebas, but the Watford defender sees the ball behind for a goal kick.
Bernardo SIlva tries to clip the cross into the middle, but it is headed clear.
Kiko Femenia is the man tasked with marking the in form Leroy Sane, and he does a good first job in winning the tackle.
David Silva has the first strike at goal, but that is always flying high, wide and not so handsome.
KICK OFF! We are up and running here at Vicarage Road.
So here we go. No Sergio Aguero for City, but there is threat from all around for Watford. City have won six in a row, scoring 22 goals in that time. They are 20 unbeaten in the league, a run stretching back to April. The wheels have come off at Watford, after such a sensational start to the season. They are winless in four, taking just one point in that time. They gave Liverpool a run for their money in their last home game, though. Something has to give!
Pep Guardiola likes what he sees in the Watford project, though: "Watford have some continuity around the same project, same ideas and same manager. It gives some stability to the club. Hopefully he [Javi Gracia] goes well and he can stay a long time there."
Not sure much practice is needed, given 11 goals on this ground in their last two visits...
Watford fans look away now - Manchester City are unbeaten in 13 away Premier League games, winning 10 and drawing three. In that run they've scored 30 goals, while conceding just five and never more than once in a match.
Not a particularly welcome distraction ahead of tonight's clash for CIty...
HEAD TO HEAD: Watford are winless in their eight Premier League meetings with Man City, losing each of the last six in a row (D2). City have scored at least twice in their last eight meetings with Watford in all competitions, winning all eight by an aggregate score of 27-4. City's last two away league games against Watford have seen them win 5-0 and 6-0 - the only team to score 5+ goals in three consecutive top-flight away games against an opponent is West Brom vs Birmingham, between December 1957 and April 1960.
ALL CHANGE AT THE BACK: Pep Guardiola has shuffled his pack with Saturday's trip to Chelsea in mind. It is an entirely new back four for City, with Kyle Walker, Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Fabian Delph, replacing Danilo, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko starting. Riyad Mahrez and David Silva also start. Watford make three changes from the 2-0 defeat at Leicester; Gerard Deulofeu, Adrian Mariappa and the suspended Etienne Capoue come out, replaced by Troy Deeney, Christian Kabasele and Nathaniel Chalobah.
TEAM NEWS - WATFORD: Foster, Femenia, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Chalobah, Hughes, Pereyra, Success, Deeney... Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Deulofeu, Masina, Gray, Quina, Wilmot. /// MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, David Silva, Sane, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Jesus... Subs: Muric, Danilo, Sterling, Gundogan, Laporte, Otamendi, Foden.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester City's Premier League trip to Watford from Vicarage Road. The champions continued their fine form at the weekend with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, and remain top of the table by two points. After a strong start to the season Watford have stuttered of late, and have picked up just one point in their last four league games. A win for City will put them five clear, with second-placed Liverpool not playing until Wednesday. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!