Five goals in the first 18 minutes set Manchester City on their way as they ripped apart a woeful Watford team to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points.

City had already bounced back from last weekend’s humbling by Norwich with a clinical Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, but this was a timely reminder of their ruthlessness and attacking power.

Bernardo Silva scored a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot to clinch their biggest league win since he took charge in 2016. They also hit the woodwork twice and continued to chase further goals until the end, but a record victory eluded them.

Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995 remains the biggest victory in the Premier League era but City become only the seventh team to win a top-flight game by an eight-goal margin in the modern era.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forCanceloat 54′minutes
  • 30OtamendiSubstituted forGarciaat 63′minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 22MendySubstituted forAngelinoat 45′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 16Rodri
  • 21Silva
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10Agüero
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 12Angelino
  • 27Cancelo
  • 50Garcia

Watford

  • 26Foster
  • 21FemeníaBooked at 59mins
  • 4Dawson
  • 6Mariappa
  • 25Holebas
  • 36FoulquierSubstituted forPereyraat 33′minutes
  • 29Capoue
  • 16Doucouré
  • 19HughesSubstituted forSarrat 59′minutes
  • 8Cleverley
  • 7DeulofeuBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGrayat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gomes
  • 2Janmaat
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18Gray
  • 23Sarr
  • 27Kabasele
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
54,273

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home28
Away5
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 8, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 8, Watford 0.

Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Watford) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by José Holebas.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 8, Watford 0. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Booking

Angeliño (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Angeliño (Manchester City).

Andre Gray (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

Attempt missed. Rodrigo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Fernandinho.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ederson.

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Offside, Watford. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Roberto Pereyra is caught offside.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

Kiko Femenía (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Eric Garcia (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ismaila Sarr (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Eric Garcia replaces Nicolás Otamendi.

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 7, Watford 0. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Booking

Kiko Femenía (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kiko Femenía (Watford).

Booking

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Watford).

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Ismaila Sarr replaces Will Hughes.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Angeliño with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. João Cancelo replaces Kyle Walker.

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