Wednesday, April 17

Man City vs Watford LIVE: Premier League result and reaction – Gabriel Jesus scores four


Manchester City‘s best goals vs Watford

Four goals from Gabriel Jesus earned Manchester City a 5-1 win over relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday, a victory that moved Pep Guardiola’s side four points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

With title rivals Liverpool not in action until Sunday against Everton, City were overwhelming favorites to put Watford to the sword at the Etihad Stadium, with a double from Jesus’ putting them 2-0 in front inside 24 minutes.

Watford then briefly threatened to make a game of it as French defender Hassane Kamara’s first goal in English football five minutes later brought the visitors to within one of City. However, a stunning strike from Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage in the 34th minute before Jesus completed his first Premier League hat-trick early in the second half after converting from the penalty spot.

Not done there, the 25-year-old tapped home his fourth in the 53rd minute to complete the route. City took their foot off the gas from there on in, with Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first-leg against Real Madrid in mind.

The comprehensive victory moved champions City on to 80 points from 33 matches played, four clear of Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, while Watford headed towards relegation, sitting 19th seven points from safety.

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Brentford vs Tottenham

The race for the top four is still very much on. Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United earlier in the day moved them back above Spurs and pretty much ended United’s chances of Champions League football next year.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 17:08

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Brentford vs Tottenham

Brentford are hosting Tottenham in a league game for the first time since a 4-1 defeat in the second tier in 1949. If they win Tottenham they will complete their first ever league double over Brentford.

The Bees have won just two of the 17 meetings in all competitions, both 2-0 home triumphs – one in a FA Cup third round replay in 1946 and the other in 1948 in the second tier.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 17:05

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As Christian Eriksen and Tottenham meet again, can they be what the other needs?

There will be an emotional reunion between Christian Eriksen and Tottenham Hotspur at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday. In time, there could be another, more permanent one.

In early February, days after Eriksen signed for Brentford on a short-term contract, Antonio Conte opened the door to a return to Spurs. He didn’t quite guide him through, though. At that point, seven months on from suffering a cardiac arrest and requiring life-saving treatment while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020, Eriksen had yet to step back onto a football pitch and there were doubts about whether he would be able to at all.

Now Eriksen is leading a Brentford side who are standing in Tottenham’s path to the top four and Champions League qualification. The midfielder’s return to football has been one of the stories of the season and he has made a wonderful impact in west London, inspiring a club who looked to be sliding towards relegation and steering them away from danger.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 17:00

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Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:58

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Full time: Manchester City 5-1 Watford

City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a convincing 5-1 win over Watford.

Four cracking goals from Jesus and another score from Rodri saw them head and shields about the visitors this afternoon.

Watford do have individual talents with Kamara’s goal skilful but it’s clear where Hodgson’s team are at the moment.

Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:54

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Manchester City 5-1 Watford, 90 + 2 mins

After some injuries and that pause for the communication issues between the ref and the VAR there are three minutes added.

It’s more of the same with City creating chances but they aren’t coming off as cleanly as they were in the first 45.

Man of the Match named as four-time scorer Jesus.

Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:52

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Manchester City 5-1 Watford, 88 mins

Cancelo has a shot but it’s an easy one for Foster to collect.

There’s a smile on Hodgson’s face despite this awful scoreline. Watford’s hopes of staying up aren’t ended by this result. They will play Burnley and then Everton which could see them stay in the top flight.

I cancel again on the hunt but it goes wide. Sterling gets his team in another great position but Gealish can’t finish it off. The touch doesn’t have enough on it with Foster smothering the ball.

Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:48

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Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:43

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Manchester City 5-1 Watford, 78 mins

As things stand Manchester City are now four points ahead of Liverpool with the Reds able to close the gap again tomorrow against Everton.

Kayembe is on for Watford as Hodgson makes more changes to his tired side. They have had to be on constant alert and in defensive mode.

Grealish wins a free kick and Mahrez looks to take it. His shot of him is hit to Jesus and is put in the box but Ngakia does well to clear it.

Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:38

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Manchester City 5-1 Watford, 73 mins

Cathcart and Pedro are both on for Watford as they look to stem the bleeding in this match.

Watching City keep the ball in the midfield is like a cat playing with a mouse. You know the killer blow is coming but they like to play around with their prey first.

The hosts are now looking for that sixth hit but Guardiola makes a change before they can. Mahrez is on for scorer Rodri.

Jesus gets a cross in for Sterling, the England international has had so many chances but he can’t quite get the last touch away.

Sarah Rendell23 April 2022 16:32


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