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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Cucho Hernández (74')
  • Raheem Sterling (4')
  • Bernardo Silva (31', 63')

Man City move top of Premier League as Bernardo Silva stars in win over Watford

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Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 away win over Watford on Saturday to move a point clear at the top of the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola's side started quickly as forward Raheem Sterling opened the scoring on four minutes, nodding home following a cross from Phil Foden. City doubled their lead midway through the first half when midfielder Bernardo Silva struck past goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.

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Silva netted again in the second half -- his sixth Premier League goal in eight games this season -- with a curling shot into the far corner from just inside the 18-yard box.

Watford striker Cucho Hernandez pulled one back on 74 minutes with a powerful strike past City goalkeeper Ederson, but it was not enough to stop City from easing to victory.

"There are always things we have to improve but right now, the guys are playing at a really good level," Guardiola said. "We scored three beautiful goals and we could have scored more."

Saturday's result meant City leapfrogged Chelsea, who began the day as league leaders before losing 3-2 away to West Ham, as Guardiola's side sit on 35 points after 15 games. Liverpool are one point behind in second place following a last-minute victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier on Saturday.

Watford, whose boss Claudio Ranieri had previously won eight of his nine career matches against City, are three points clear of the relegation zone in 17th place.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 22 +41 56
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 23 +28 44
4 West Ham United 22 +11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 +4 36
6 Arsenal 20 +8 35
7 Manchester United 21 +5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 +2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton 21 -8 24
13 Aston Villa 20 -5 23
14 Brentford 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton 19 -10 19
17 Watford 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley 17 -11 11